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Verona Courses – 2022 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Italian language courses plus electives in business, fashion, management, hospitality, and Italian studies. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Italian Language Studies

All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive six-week Italian language course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each, but may vary by level. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. You may choose one of the following courses:

  • Fall
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian

    This course offers an introduction to the Italian language with a focus on the development of language skills and structural analysis, as well as an introduction to Italian culture.

  • Fall
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian

    Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

    Taught during the intensive language period.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Italian

After the intensive period, students have the option to take one additional language course. You may choose from the following:

  • Fall
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian

    This course is designed to help learners of Italian develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this course is on communication.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian, or equivalent

  • Fall
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled
    Spring
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian

    Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level Italian

Fall Semester

International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region, International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies as well as provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

  • Fall
    General Business Marketing 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course develops students’ understanding of marketing and management in the fashion industry. Students will improve their knowledge and skills in brand development, creativity, innovation, maintaining interpersonal relationships in a competitive environment, and strategizing to produce positive outcomes through consumer demographics and consumer spending habits. This course will also explore topics related to entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Nutrition 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Nutrition 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Food is a topic with which every student of every ethnicity has personal experience; it is so common that its cultural connotations tend to be overlooked. Food is often an area related to strong identity, whether positive or negative, of one’s ancestry. Cuisines are not just about sustenance, but also about cultural symbols that bind together people in ritual and as a community. How one participates in the act of eating (when/how) and why certain foods are to be prepared are learned and understood at the table.

    This course explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Several films will be used to discuss specific topics, such as festivals/rituals and food as family/community. Moreover, our topics and readings will be eclectic: food taboos; gender and kinship, voice and identity, symbolic and expressive culture, feasts, festivals, fasts, famine, religion and spirituality, race and ethnicity, nationalism, class and social stratification, politics of globalization, among others. Then, we will focus on foodways in Italy, using the tools of anthropology, history, geography, sociology, journalism, and marketing. Furthermore, we will use food as a lens through which to deepen understanding of your new home and neighbors for this term in Reggio Emilia.

  • Fall
    Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and business relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions, and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal actions, and perceptions to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.

  • Fall
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course offers a study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. We will examine the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective.

    Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Marketing, or another lower-level business course

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe, and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods and to study the relationship between food and culture. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will also reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Students are encouraged to break down commonly held stereotypes and experience the realities of contemporary Italian life.

  • Fall
    General Business 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    The Italian Food and Wine Business Field Study focuses on the understanding, management, promotion and protection of high-value food products including wine. The internationally-recognized Italian food production system is analyzed as a model for defining and characterizing the individual elements that contribute to the unique value of food products, inextricably linked to place of origin through historical, social and cultural ties (terroir).

    Thanks to the multi-disciplinary approach you will develop capabilities and skills necessary to manage the complex system of high-value foods and wines, whose quality is profoundly linked to the traditions and places of origin.

    You will understand the multi-faceted characteristics that distinguish these foods from others in the marketplace and that can be exploited in product valorization and consumer information strategies. To this aim, you will study how high quality food and wine are produced, their link with the terroir, their sensory and nutritional properties, and how they are protected and can be valorized in the market.

    This course has an additional fee for field trips.

  • Fall
    General Business Management Supply Chain Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will learn the concepts and techniques of operations management across all activities of an organization. This course covers topics related to methods of analysis that support organizational decision-making. Students will evaluate and apply the appropriate analytical technique for a variety of scenarios, perform quantitative analyses utilizing primary sources, and develop conclusions regarding effective management of operations in manufacturing and service environments.

    Prerequisite: introductory college-level business course

  • Fall
    Architecture Art History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Architecture Art History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    This course will examine the artistic Renaissance in Italy. It aims at presenting the birth of Renaissance art from the end of the thirteenth century with the innovative frescoes by Giotto in Assisi and Padua, to the great changes accomplished in Florence by Donatello and Masaccio in the first half of the fifteenth century. Lectures will also present the Renaissance in Rome with the artistic laboratory of the Sistine Chapel and the role of Pope Paul III in the Sixteenth century. A special focus will be put on the Venetian art – Bellini, Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto - and its influence in Veneto. An accurate selection of the most important works of art of this period will allow students to understand why the Renaissance period has been and is still considered as a key moment in the European art and culture. They will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class thanks to three field trips and visits in Verona.

Spring Semester

International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region, International Business, Tourism, and Italian Studies as well as provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

  • Spring
    General Business Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Principles and practices that develop writing and communication skills for professional writing, speaking and document design for traditional and new media (letters of inquiry and application, resumes, email practices, social media, PowerPoint etc.)

  • Spring
    Economics Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course examines the major economic systems of the world, in both theory and practice. It provides a general understanding of how economic systems work and how economic theory are linked with government policy and culture in order to explain economic performance. Thus, the course analyzes the key distinctions between capitalism and socialism as they apply to modern European and/or American economies. Economies examined in detail include some advanced market capitalist countries (e.g. US, Japan, France, Germany, and Sweden), the former socialist economies (e.g. Soviet Union), and East Asian economies. This course takes also into account Iran, i.e. example of an Islamic-based economy and India, i.e. an example of an isolationist country which is now beginning to appear on global economy.

    Prerequisite: Introductory coursework in economics

  • Fall
    Anthropology Nutrition 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Nutrition 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Food is a topic with which every student of every ethnicity has personal experience; it is so common that its cultural connotations tend to be overlooked. Food is often an area related to strong identity, whether positive or negative, of one’s ancestry. Cuisines are not just about sustenance, but also about cultural symbols that bind together people in ritual and as a community. How one participates in the act of eating (when/how) and why certain foods are to be prepared are learned and understood at the table.

    This course explores connections between what we eat and who we are through cross-cultural study of how personal identities and social groups are formed via food production, preparation, and consumption. Several films will be used to discuss specific topics, such as festivals/rituals and food as family/community. Moreover, our topics and readings will be eclectic: food taboos; gender and kinship, voice and identity, symbolic and expressive culture, feasts, festivals, fasts, famine, religion and spirituality, race and ethnicity, nationalism, class and social stratification, politics of globalization, among others. Then, we will focus on foodways in Italy, using the tools of anthropology, history, geography, sociology, journalism, and marketing. Furthermore, we will use food as a lens through which to deepen understanding of your new home and neighbors for this term in Reggio Emilia.

  • Fall
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course offers a study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. We will examine the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective.

    Prerequisite: Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Marketing, or another lower-level business course

  • Spring
    General Business 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course focuses on the new challenges and possibilities globalization brought into the world of sport and sport business. Special attention will be paid the commercial management of sport events and organizations. The course will also discuss, as essential aspects of international sports management: sponsorship, broadcasting revenues, marketing, economics and finance of international sports, human resource management, leadership strategy in a global market, governance of sports organization, branding and retail, social media in international sport business, tourism, facilities, governing bodies and legal aspects. The course will also incorporate the role differing cultures plays in sport.

  • Spring
    Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The objective of the course is to push students to think strategically and critically in different competitive situations. The course introduces the students to a coherent framework of “as is” analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation, thus developing students’ abilities to analyze the competitive environment of a firm and assess its internal strengths and weaknesses and, finally, produce a corporate and business strategy. Due to globalization of companies, special attention is given to international competition and to international strategies development. Furthermore, all these concepts will be practically applied in that students will work to develop their own strategic plans.

    Prerequisite: introductory course in management

  • Fall
    Economics 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Spring
    Economics 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course provides basic knowledge of international trade economics, trade policy, and on the strategic choices of firms operating in the global context. It aims at providing the main tools for evaluating the role of a country and its firms in the global system.

    Prerequisite: introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe, and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods and to study the relationship between food and culture. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    Anthropology Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Spring
    Anthropology Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will also reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Students are encouraged to break down commonly held stereotypes and experience the realities of contemporary Italian life.

  • Fall
    Architecture Art 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Spring
    Architecture Art 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore the most important examples of Roman art and architecture in Verona and the Veneto area and give students foundational knowledge of Roman history related to the world of art and architecture. We will use magnificent Verona as our backdrop to learn firsthand about ancient Roman life and culture through the well-preserved examples of art and architecture created in and part of old Roman life and remain as part of the daily life of the Veronese people today in the twenty-first century.

  • Spring
    Art 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Spring
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Italy. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Verona tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Italy, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Italy

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Verona internship page.

Additional Offerings

Courses

  • Fall
    Italian 300-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Taught during the intensive language period.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level Italian

  • Fall
    Italian 300-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level Italian

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open for late applications; Current passport holders only

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | Italian

Member

AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy

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