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Viterbo Courses – 2020 Fall

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 language courses plus electives in Italian art, culture, and Mediterranean studies. All students must complete a minimum of 2 language courses, although we strongly encourage students to complete an entire language track. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Italian Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Students who do not enroll in a language track must take either Elementary Italian I (if they have never taken Italian) or Italian Conversation (if they've completed at least two semesters of Italian) to assimilate more effectively into Italian culture and their new living and learning environment.

Track I (14 credits total)—Prerequisite: none

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Elementary Italian I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Italian courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.

    The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential. Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

    As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used; grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    This course is required for students who have not previously taken Italian and are not enrolled in an intensive language track.

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Elementary Italian II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have already taken one Elementary Italian course before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to improve their basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of the Italian language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

    Two field trips will be scheduled according to the local cultural events in order to discover some important and meaningful aspects of Italian culture and history.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach. The communicative approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

    As a result, classroom activities are characterised by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels; different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems; lessons are more learner-centred, and there may be use of authentic materials;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intermediate Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language. The course is 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.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)
  • Fall
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intermediate Italian II is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)

Track II (12 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intermediate Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language. The course is 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.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Intermediate Italian II is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian, this course covers advanced Italian grammar, syntax and idiomatic usage. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)
  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course is designed to reinforce students' accuracy in writing Italian by introducing them to basic research concepts and techniques and emphasizing critical reading and the subsequent production of different types of texts. Assignments include critical examination of literature and compositions using research and documentation. Emphasis is on writing as part of the processes of thinking and learning (a foreign language and culture). In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)

Track III (9 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian, this course covers advanced Italian grammar, syntax and idiomatic usage. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course is designed to reinforce students' accuracy in writing Italian by introducing them to basic research concepts and techniques and emphasizing critical reading and the subsequent production of different types of texts. Assignments include critical examination of literature and compositions using research and documentation. Emphasis is on writing as part of the processes of thinking and learning (a foreign language and culture). In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian

  • Spring
    Italian400-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Advanced Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)

Track IV (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Italian

  • Spring
    Italian400-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Advanced Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Italian

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)
  • Spring
    Italian400-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those grammatical aspects of the Italian language that, because of their difficulty, require frequent review and further development. A comprehensive revision of the grammatical points that present the most trouble in Italian. Care will be taken on understanding and practicing the use of all grammatical forms in both the written and spoken Italian.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Italian.

    (cancelled for Fall 2020)

Fall Semester

Italian Studies, History, and the Arts

Taught in English unless noted in Italian

  • Fall
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is centered on the sketchbook as an instrument for developing drawing and painting techniques, as well as for learning how to observe and understand visual information. The majority of classes will take place around the medieval city of Viterbo and surrounding areas. Students will use a variety of materials to document historic sites, building up a unique and personal record of the world around them. Students will receive individual instruction throughout on drawing and painting techniques and will be guided through the process of creating an informative and attractive sketchbook up to the development of a final artwork project based on work done in the sketchbook. Content will be an important factor, and the course will place an emphasis on techniques of observation and concise capturing of the world around you as well as concentrating on the technical aspects of drawing and painting.

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Elementary Italian I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Italian courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.

    The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential. Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

    As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used; grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    This course is required for students who have not previously taken Italian and are not enrolled in an intensive language track.

  • Fall
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine art and architecture from Etruscan through the Roman times. The course will focus on the historical development of the art in Italy by studying the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits to nearby locations and museums will allow students to experience first-hand the topics covered in class and may include Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia, Roman Forum in Rome, Early Christian art and architecture in Viterbo and Rome

  • Fall
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine art and architecture in the Middle Ages. The course will focus on the historical development of the art in Italy by studying the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits to nearby locations and museums will allow students to experience first-hand the topics covered in class.

  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course facilitates the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice.

    Classes are organized around a series of linguistic functions, selected according to students´ needs in a study abroad contexts. Students will learn to use the linguistic functions in levels B1 and B2. Through these activities students will develop their grammatical competence, as well as their sociolinguistic and discursive competences.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning.Class is conducted in Italian and students are expected to interact actively in Italian. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    This course is required for students not taking a language track, but who have completed two semesters of college Italian or the equivalent.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    The course includes a cooking workshop where students will put in practice the theory acquired by preparing different dishes, using and combining different ingredients in order to comply with specific dietary needs and/or restrictions, learning more about regional differences and tasting freshly prepared real Mediterranean and Italian food. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to understand the culture and understanding the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. It has both a theoretical and a practical side.

    Not recommended for students on a gluten-free diet.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Fall
    Italian Studies200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Italian Studies200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Italian Studies300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course provides an overview of cultural studies, with an emphasis on Italy. The object of the course is to present students with a picture as complete as possible, and angled from a multiplicity of perspectives of Italian culture and lifestyle, and it also aims to provide the tools to better-understand and compare, in a cross-cultural perspective, Italy as a post-modern, complex, and layered society.

    Questo corso affronta vari aspetti della cultura italiana attraverso lezioni frontali, letture, video, discussioni, e osservazioni sul campo. L’obiettivo principale è la comprensione della società italiana, includendo la storia più recente, le differenze regionali, le principali istituzioni, e questioni d’attualità. Agli studenti sarà richiesto di riflettere sulla loro formazione culturale, e di condividere le loro esperienze in Italia con il resto della classe. In particolare, si analizzeranno gli stereotipi più comuni allo scopo di rivelare la realtà dell’Italia odierna.

    300-level Prerequisite: four semeters of college Italian

  • Fall
    History300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    In 1347-1351, a widespread and catastrophic epidemic created economic, social, and religious upheaval across Europe. It is from this disaster that the Renaissance emerged in Italy. This course examines the changes that Italy underwent from roughly 1350 to 1600. The Renaissance was a break with the traditions of the Middle-Ages and the harbinger of what is called Modernity. Through an archeological method, the origins of some of the economic structures, ideas, and mentalities from Renaissance Italy will be studied, as well as how these ideas connect to modern western culture. Specific attention will be given to the political and intellectual life in the Renaissance in order to utilize literary and artistic works as historical sources. The course will also refer to archive documents, architecture, and artworks that are available in the area of Viterbo, between Lazio and Tuscany.

    The main goal of this course is to furnish a recollection of the main historical events occurred in Italy during the Renaissance in the context of Europe, as well as develop an understanding of crucial ways of thinking in the Italian Renaissance that later became influential in the development of western civilization.

  • Fall
    History300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    In this course, we shall study the civilization of ancient Rome as manifested in its history and cultural achievements. Literary evidence will be used together with material culture in order to achieve a rounded, critical vision of the Roman experience. Excerpts from authors such as Plautus, Julius Caesar, and Juvenal and artefacts such as the hope-chest of the daughter of Dindia Macolnia, the coins of Augustus, or the bas-reliefs of the Column of Marcus Aurelius provide insight into the personal lives and public experiences of the people who made the city of Rome one of the most dynamic and influential of world civilizations.

  • Fall
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Photographers, like any other artists, have the responsibility of mediating reality for those who will view their pictures. Travel photography is the quintessential mediation of reality, since people looking at a travel reportage will probably never get to visit the places depicted. The job of travel photographers is then to show their own impressions of a place, representing what caught their attention and what they deemed important, rather than showing famous landmarks.

    This course will help you to capture memories, learn to tell a story with images, and give your own impression of a place through photographic expression. In particular, the course will go through the basics of exposure management, getting to know the main features of your camera, managing studio lighting, and understanding composition. The course will also go through the work of the masters of travel photography to encourage students to find their own style of visual expression.

Spring Semester

  • Fall
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Art100-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course is centered on the sketchbook as an instrument for developing drawing and painting techniques, as well as for learning how to observe and understand visual information. The majority of classes will take place around the medieval city of Viterbo and surrounding areas. Students will use a variety of materials to document historic sites, building up a unique and personal record of the world around them. Students will receive individual instruction throughout on drawing and painting techniques and will be guided through the process of creating an informative and attractive sketchbook up to the development of a final artwork project based on work done in the sketchbook. Content will be an important factor, and the course will place an emphasis on techniques of observation and concise capturing of the world around you as well as concentrating on the technical aspects of drawing and painting.

  • Fall
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    Elementary Italian I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Italian courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.

    The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential. Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

    As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used; grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    This course is required for students who have not previously taken Italian and are not enrolled in an intensive language track.

  • Spring
    ArtHistoric PreservationJournalism300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course analyzes the visual paths that created our collective identity through the study of the "culture of the gaze" (Western), to finally arrive to the historical moment in which we live, strongly marked by the images. Each image, without distinction, is in respect of the memory more effective than the word, making it a fundamental tool for the documentation of cultural assets.

    Documentary photography serves to preserve the memory of an object and make it visible, even in its absence. The photographer has the task of having to create documents that represent in a fair and objective way the cultural assets. Students will analyze, research, and study monuments – mainly but not limited to sculpture and architecture – learning its history, style, origin, author(s) and learning concepts of restoration.

    Required materials: A digital camera that allows full manual control of the functions (all DSRL or mirrorless models) with wide-angle and normal lens, and a basic laptop with image software processing (like photoshop, camera raw, lightroom, etc).

  • Spring
    ArtWomen's Studies / Gender Studies300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    Why does gender matter in the study of the arts? Artists have long been considered a “special” ungendered category of humanity. Only when we study the HIStory of the arts we notice that something is missing: to start with, where are the women? Some would say that women are central in the life of (male) artists, only they mostly feature as inspirational muses. Where are female painters, musicians, performers? Have they disappeared into thin air or is there a reason for their absence/disappearance from the HIStory of art? A course investigating the relationship between gender, and gender imbalance in the arts, is therefore more than necessary first, to help recover all those artists neglected just on the base of their gender, second to understand that the field arts should never be “exclusive” but inclusive, not “elitarian”, but simply special in its status. Gender often used as a discriminatory tool can be thought of, more than anything, as a new way of looking at the world.

  • Spring
    Italian200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Italian culture, art and architecture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the three-day tour: Tuscany, Pisa, Florence, Pienza, and Siena.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Spring
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine the development of Italian and European art and architecture from the early 17th Century to the middle 19th Century, focusing on the major artists and architects in the Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Baroque Italy produced some of the greatest artists in world history including Caravaggio, Pietro da Cortona, Borromini and Bernini. Students will study the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits in and around Viterbo as well as in Rome will give students the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class.

  • Spring
    Art300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will examine the development of Italian art and architecture from the later 14 th Century to 16th Century, focusing on the major artists and architects in the Renaissance and Mannerism in central Italy. Renaissance Italy produced some of the greatest artists in world history including Donatello, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. Students will study the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits in and around Viterbo as well as in Rome will give students the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class.

  • Fall
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course facilitates the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice.

    Classes are organized around a series of linguistic functions, selected according to students´ needs in a study abroad contexts. Students will learn to use the linguistic functions in levels B1 and B2. Through these activities students will develop their grammatical competence, as well as their sociolinguistic and discursive competences.

    Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning.Class is conducted in Italian and students are expected to interact actively in Italian. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

    •Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

    •There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

    •Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

    •Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

    •The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

    •All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

    This course is required for students not taking a language track, but who have completed two semesters of college Italian or the equivalent.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

  • Fall
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Spring
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    The course includes a cooking workshop where students will put in practice the theory acquired by preparing different dishes, using and combining different ingredients in order to comply with specific dietary needs and/or restrictions, learning more about regional differences and tasting freshly prepared real Mediterranean and Italian food. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to understand the culture and understanding the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. It has both a theoretical and a practical side.

    Not recommended for students on a gluten-free diet.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Spring
    AnthropologyNutrition300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The course will provide a general introduction to Italy and Italian food and wine with an emphasis on regionality. We’ll proceed to contemporary issues, such as the Mediterranean diet, public health, food production and distribution, and Italy’s role in the global food economy. Specific food products, both artisanal and mass-produced, will be discussed and tasted (whenever possible). We’ll visit wineries, food producers, factories, farms, or other places of interest for foodies and nutritionists. The goal is to use Italy as a case study, in order to both experience a separate and distinct food and nutrition culture, and to provide a window of understanding into our own.

  • Fall
    Italian Studies200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Italian Studies200-level3 creditsTaught in English
    Spring
    Italian Studies300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    This course provides an overview of cultural studies, with an emphasis on Italy. The object of the course is to present students with a picture as complete as possible, and angled from a multiplicity of perspectives of Italian culture and lifestyle, and it also aims to provide the tools to better-understand and compare, in a cross-cultural perspective, Italy as a post-modern, complex, and layered society.

    Questo corso affronta vari aspetti della cultura italiana attraverso lezioni frontali, letture, video, discussioni, e osservazioni sul campo. L’obiettivo principale è la comprensione della società italiana, includendo la storia più recente, le differenze regionali, le principali istituzioni, e questioni d’attualità. Agli studenti sarà richiesto di riflettere sulla loro formazione culturale, e di condividere le loro esperienze in Italia con il resto della classe. In particolare, si analizzeranno gli stereotipi più comuni allo scopo di rivelare la realtà dell’Italia odierna.

    300-level Prerequisite: four semeters of college Italian

  • Spring
    History300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    "The Middle Ages: no more than a transition age between the splendor of the Hellenistic-Roman civilization and the magnificence of the Renaissance?" Modern historians do not agree with this negative opinion of the thousand-year period between the 5th and 15th centuries. Far from being a “dark age”, it was an important age when Roman, German and Christian cultures mixed with each other and produced a new civilization, from which we can see some of the fundamental roots of modern European history. In Italy, especially, the society and culture of the medieval Italian city-states led directly to the emergence of the Renaissance. This course will examine the main historical events of the age, giving an overview of its society, economy, politics and culture, with an emphasis on Italy. We will pay special attention to intersections between religious culture and attitudes toward gender and sexuality. Guided trips around Viterbo will encourage students to take advantage of their experience of living in a typical medieval city. Taught in English.

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course introduces some of the great writers and thinkers who have shaped Italian literature and culture spanning over a thousand years of history. The texts will be analyzed through the theme of “love, injustice and subversion”. The selected texts will contribute to an understanding of Italian history, society, and culture through the analysis of the literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors and genres of each period.

  • Spring
    History300-level3 creditsTaught in English

    This course will cover and analyze the history of Modern and Contemporary Italy (end of XVIII century til present times). We will focus on and analyze the events which lead to the process of Nation Building, the spread of ideals such as Liberalism and Nationalism, the unification of Italy under the Kingdom in 1861, the Great War, the rise of the Fascist Regime, the Italian Republic, relations between State and Church, Emigration and Immigration, the Mafia. By attending this course students will be introduced to the knowledge of modern Italian history and will acquire critical and methodological tools needed to discover and to read the roots and the signs of change of the society, institutions, politics, economy, culture and religion. The analysis of the historical events will also be read to value and compare the different realities of other European countries.

  • Spring
    EnglishJournalismSpeech Communications400-level3 creditsTaught in English

    The basis of this course is the development of creative writing skills by focusing on the genre of travel writing. Students will read and discuss extracts from the great classics of travel writing as well as current travel journalism published in newspapers magazines and on-line. Most of all this class is a writing workshop, and we will be writing for nearly every class and often in class, too. Assignments will focus on helping the student find an individual voice, on developing ideas and honing them through revision and drafting, on writing for different audiences, and on the inclusion of photographs in their written work. Emphasis will also be placed on the students´ ability to evaluate and critique their own work and that of others.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through a 1-credit field study course where you will explore the art, cultural, historical, and natural features of a distinctive region of Italy through carefully planned excursions. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) deepen your understanding of the sites and locales visited. This course cannot be taken as an audit and counts as part of your credit load. Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run. In the fall semester, the field study will go to the south of Italy; in spring the field study will travel to Tuscany, the heart of Italy.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. They are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. Depending on the level of Italian language at the beginning of the internship, the student will be working in an English or Italian speaking environment, with high exposure to Italian culture and language. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Viterbo internship opportunities include:

  • Local Schools: Students have interned as English teachers, tutoring or assisting children and adults in learning English as a foreign language. The internship in some schools at Elementary and Middle grades also includes a project done in collaboration with FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) as part of their YUNGA project on Environmental and Sustainability topics.
  • Online Magazine: A local online magazine which advertises events, excursions, tourist attractions, and itineraries in the Town and the Province of Viterbo. Intern students have also utilized journalism and photography skills to talk about their study abroad experience and cultural differences. Journalism Major preferred.
  • Online Travel Agency: Local online travel agency looks for interns to implement their social media and to write newsletters about Viterbo and the surrounding area. Marketing, communication and writing skills required.

  • Viterbo USAC office: The Viterbo program office is located at the host university, Università degli Studi della Tuscia. Intern students have carried out activities in translation, and created and implemented informative and marketing material.

  • Environmental Studies Department: Intern students have assisted in activities and research of the Environmental Studies Department in a lab specialized in dendrology collecting and analyzing data to reconstruct climate models. Major in Environmental Studies required.
  • Language and Culture Exchange: Interns will have language exchange sessions, they will be paired to have a one-to-one relation. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice. In addition to the linguistic elements, cultural aspects such as non-verbal language, cultural references, where it is spoken, whether it is used in all contexts, etc. will also be taken into consideration. No pre-requisites.
  • Website - Translation: Intern students have provided translation from Italian into English of material regarding the monuments in Viterbo and the surrounding area. Intermediate level of Italian language required.

  • Art Lab: Interns have helped a local artist in his atelier. This is a great opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the world of art especially for interns who would like to consider art as a future career. No pre-requisites.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview on site with the internship sponsor.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Viterbo program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Host University Courses

Taught in Italian

Intermediate and Advanced Italian students may take one 3-credit course offered by Tuscia University in the fields of Italian Literature, English Literature (partially taught in English), English/Italian Translation, History (Byzantine, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, Contemporary), Music History, Economics, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Tourism, Environmental Studies, Forestry, or Biology. In addition, all USAC students (including those with less advanced Italian) may take 1- or 2-credit workshops offered by Tuscia University in subjects such as "Ceramic Restoration" or "Archeology Excavations."

Italian universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in January (fall semester) and June (spring semester). It may be possible to organize early exams (December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Tuscia University courses are reported on letterhead or a certificate of completion with the grade earned. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit.

Quick Details

2020-21 App. Cycle

Fall: Cancelled

Spring: Open

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer programs: Opens 9/1

Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Minimum 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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