Rome is one of the world's great cities, where glorious treasures and ruins of several magnificent civilizations are stage to a vibrant, modern capital. Drawing on its fertile history, the Eternal City embraces the present and the future. Romans busily zoom through the narrow streets attending to the details of modern life against a backdrop of classical antiquities, medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces, and baroque churches.
Sponsored by Trinity College, the program is nestled among villas and gardens atop the Aventine, one of the seven hills of Ancient Rome, overlooking the Tiber River on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other. The site is centrally located to Rome's major monuments, affording a wonderful integration of classwork with field study.
Fall semester: early September to mid-December. Spring semester: late January to mid-May.
Fields of Study
Italian language and literature, art history, history, religion, drawing, politics.
Candidates are required to complete at least two semesters of college-level Italian or the equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed college coursework with Italian content. 8.0 GPA required.
Number of Students
Approximately 4. Pomona students are part of a competitive national pool. Total program enrollment approximately 50 per semester.
All program participants are required to take a full-time course load of four course credits. Students are required to take an Italian language course. Students may not take an Italian language course on a P/NC basis. Students with advanced Italian may enroll in an Italian literature course instead of language. For the remainder of their program, students choose electives from the program curriculum. Trinity uses a course credit system, and students should plan a program that totals at least 4 course credits. Pomona will not award more than 4 Pomona credits for this program.
All elective courses are taught in English by Italian and American faculty. All of the art history courses take weekly walking tours to museums, churches, historic buildings, etc. to supplement the classroom lectures. Internships are available and participating students must enroll in the program's Internship Seminar.
Students are housed in dormitory-style quarters in a renovated convent or a nearby dormitory. The convent is also the site of classroom instruction. All students eat together in a family-style dining room on campus.