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Florence Summer Programs

Florence GE Program

Students have many general education course requirements, so what better time and place to complete them than a summer in Florence, Italy? Students have the opportunity to complete a variety of courses in this program.

Program Dates

May 8, 2022 - July 1, 2022

*Dates above indicate a planned departure date from the US and in-country return departure date.


Tuition: $1,865 per unit (same as Malibu tuition per unit)

Room & Board: $4,904

Program Specific Costs:

  • Global Health Fee: $168
  • Emergency Italy-Based Health Insurance: $62 (approximate)

Required Vital Documents and Deadline

Completed IP Document Submission Form including the following documents:

  • Passport Copy
  • Health Clearance Form and Flight Itinerary
    • Programs departing in May 2022: Due March 11, 2022
  • Visa Copy (if applicable for non-U.S. passport holders): April 22, 2022


Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement. Students must choose a course for both the May block and the June block. Students must take ITAL 121 if they have no previous Italian language experience, even if they have met their GE language requirement with another language. Students that have already completed ITAL 151 or higher must enroll in HUM 295.

The Summer 2022 Florence GE class schedule will be created based on students’ registration. Any changes made to a student’s registration or any new registrations after this date may pose a challenge, as particular courses may be scheduled at the same time. Therefore, it is important to register during the registration period or soon after.


Course Offerings

May Only

HUM 212 Western Culture II (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisites: HUM 111, ENG 101 (or GSHU 121 or SAAJ 121)

An analysis and interpretation of six major historical “events” during the time period 1300-1815 and their cultural implications: Renaissance, Reformation, Intercultural Encounters, Science, Enlightenment, the French Revolution. Students will achieve cultural literacy in these areas and develop skills in cultural interpretation and analysis.


June Only

HUM 313 Western Culture III (3)

GE: Western Culture

Prerequisite: HUM 212

Focused on a particular topic in modern culture, the course will use historical narrative of the time period 1815 to the present as a background for investigation into a particular theme or themes. Students will engage with and assess varying cultural and historical interpretations. Students will achieve cultural literacy in the modern period and demonstrate their skill in synthesizing and evaluating diverse historical and cultural interpretations. 


Both May & June

ENG 370 English Literature: World Literature (Divine Comedy, Dante) (4)

GE: Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent

Examines literary texts from one or more non-British, non-American cultures. The course may focus on any genre, nationality or ethnicity, or time period, such as the Russian Novel, Modern European Poetry, or Literature of the Caribbean. May be repeated once when topics vary. 

HUM 295 Enriching the International Experience (1)

This course is designed to enrich the student’s international experience by providing opportunities to engage more fully with the culture and to reflect more deeply on the experience. It is the goal of this course to help students know how to look at and listen to their new culture and how to give meaning to their international experience. Taught only in International Programs. May be repeated in a different location. Cr/NC grading only.

ITAL 121 Italian Language and Culture (1) 

Teaches basic, practical conversation and limited reading and writing skills along with a study of Italian culture. This course does not prepare a student to take ITAL 152. Taught only in the Florence program during the summer term.

ITAL 151 Elementary Italian I (4) 

Basic conversation, reading, and writing; study of Italian culture. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses.

ITAL 152 Elementary Italian II (4) 

Prerequisite: ITAL 151 or equivalent competency

Continued practice of basic conversation, reading, and writing; study of Italian culture. Must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. 

ITAL 251 Second-Year Italian I (4) 

GE: Language; Prerequisite: ITAL 152 or equivalent competency

Emphasizes language production skills and interactive language use with a concentration on conversation. This course also develops reading strategies and examines complex grammar structures. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. 

ITAL 252 Second-Year Italian II (4)

Prerequisite: ITAL 251 or equivalent competency

As in ITAL 251, this course emphasizes language production skills, but focus is on composition and reading literary texts to prepare students for upper-division courses. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- before they can advance to subsequent courses. This course is a prerequisite for all upper-division courses.

ITAL 499 Directed Studies (4) 

Prerequisite: any 300-level Italian course, or consent of instructor

PE 191 Individual Exercise (1) 

International Programs only. Extra fee required. 

REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3) 

GE: Christianity & Culture

Prerequisite: REL 101

A study of ways in which Christianity shapes such aspects of culture as art, literature, music, medicine, law, secularization, ecology, racial and ethnic issues, and education, and ways in which these, in turn, influence Christian life and faith.



Paul Contino

Dr. Paul Contino

Professor of Great Books, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College

Office: CAC 100

Paul J. Contino is Professor of Great Books at Pepperdine University. He is married to Professor Maire Mullins, and they have two adult daughters. He has twice been granted Pepperdine's Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence,  and has taught here since 2002. Before coming to Pepperdine, he taught for twelve years at Christ College, the Honors College of Valparaiso University. His recently published book is entitled Dostoevsky’s Incarnational Realism: Finding Christ among the Karamazovs. He loves Florence, and has taught there in past years. While in Florence, he especially loves teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy, and visiting the many sites in the city to which Dante refers in his great poem.


Updated: 08.16.21