Courses and Credits

Enroll in 4-5 courses for 15-20 quarter credits or 13-16 semester credits.

Both English and Italian language courses are available.

Spring Quarter

Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena

Living in Siena offers you two important learning experiences. The first (more obvious) one concerns Italian life and culture, specifically as it is lived out around you in Siena day by day. What is important to people here? What patterns are woven into their lives? What about their history, their...Read more

Food and Culture in Italy

Anthropology
Why does it matter what people eat, and how does our relationship to food reflect who we are? How can comprehension of food ways enrich our experience abroad? This course is an interdisciplinary analysis of foodways in Italy, with a special focus on Tuscany, using the tools of anthropology, history...Read more

Italian Language 101

Italian
The first level course will introduce you to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.Read more

Italian Language 301

Italian
This course provides review, synthesis, consolidation and elaboration of linguistic knowledge gained from lower-division courses. You will also explore some aspects of Italian culture and learn the Italian way of thinking and living by reading Italian newspapers.Read more

Picturing People: Italian Art and Society During the Renaissance

The portrait is one of the most interesting topics of the Italian Renaissance art. The main goal of this course is to use the portrait art as a key to discover the Italian culture and history from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.Read more

Wine in Italy and the Western World

History, Social Sciences and Humanities
In the context of the history and culture of Italy, wine is not only a beloved drink but forms an essential part of Italian civilization. From the study of wine students will learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about Italian values and our own. This course will explore various aspects of...Read more
Fall Quarter

Cross-Cultural Communications/Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Siena

Living in Siena offers you two important learning experiences. The first (more obvious) one concerns Italian life and culture, specifically as it is lived out around you in Siena day by day. What is important to people here? What patterns are woven into their lives? What about their history, their...Read more

Food, Law, and Social Justice

Law
What is food sovereignty, and who owns seeds, species, and recipes? Who grows and prepares our food, and how has this changed over the last 100 years? How should we consider human health, animal welfare, and environmental impact when it comes to food production and consumption? In this course we...Read more

Food, Science, and Sustainability

Environmental Studies
What are the basic elements that comprise all foods and what are the fundamental food processing techniques? What is biodiversity and what does it mean for our food system? What role do different production methods and consumer diets play in a future marked by climate change? How can we analyze the...Read more

Italian Language 101

Italian
The first level course will introduce you to the Italian language, covering the basic communicative tools that are useful for everyday interaction in Italy. You will be taught the linguistic system, and given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.Read more

Italian Language 201

Italian
This course builds on the linguistic skills covered in the previous levels, introducing the most complex structures of Italian language. You will be taught not only the linguistic system, but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.Read more

The History of Italian Cinema

Cinema Studies
This course aims to provide a comprehensive but selective overview and analysis of the landmarks of Italian cinema from its beginnings in the Silent era to current production more than 100 years later. The course examines the ways in which Italian cinema reflects the evolution of modern Italy in...Read more

Wine in Italy and the Western World

History, Social Sciences and Humanities
In the context of the history and culture of Italy, wine is not only a beloved drink but forms an essential part of Italian civilization. From the study of wine students will learn about the practices of earlier cultures, about Italian values and our own. This course will explore various aspects of...Read more