Florence GE Program
Students have many general education course requirements, so what better time and place to complete them than during a summer in Florence, Italy? Students have the opportunity to complete a variety of courses in this one-month program.
June 5, 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: $2,452
Program Specific Costs:
- Global Health Fee: $84
- 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 June 2022: Due March 11, 2022
- Visa Copy (if applicable for non-U.S. passport holders): April 22, 2022
4 unit minimum requirement. Italian course registration is not required for this program.
The Summer 2022 Florence May 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.
Please note that this is a one-month-long program. If a student has federal aid, they must be enrolled in 6 units over the course of the semester in order to receive their summer federal aid. Students can complete this requirement through their courses in Florence as well as courses offered in Malibu during May and July (both online and in-person).
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.
ENG 370 English Literature: World Literature (Divine Comedy, Dante) (4)
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 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.
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.