Florence Summer Program

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Florence GE

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 6th, 2018 - June 29th, 2018

The dates listed above are departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX


Room & Board: $4,336.00

Program Specific Costs: Emergency Health Insurance - $54.00 USD*

*Charged to your student account

Course Requirements

8 unit minimum + Italian language course if not completed ITAL 151 or higher (ITAL 121 counts). Students must take courses in both May and June blocks.

Course Offerings

May Block:

HUM 212 - Western Culture II (3 units)

Western Culture GE; Prerequisite: HUM 111 and ENG 101

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.

REL 301 - Christianity and Culture (3 units)

Christianity and Culture GE; 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.

ENG 370 - World Literature (4 units)

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. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or equivalent. (GE)


June Block:

HUM 313 - Western Culture III (3 units)
Western Culture GE; 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.

PSYC 200 - Introduction to Psychology (3 units)

A general introduction to the study of the science of psychology, intended for non-psychology majors. Consideration is given to the basic issues and research in human growth and development, perception, sensation, learning, thinking, motivation, emotion, personality, assessment, psychotherapy, and social behavior. Students majoring in psychology should take PSYC 210.

POSC 104 - American People and Politcs (4 units)

Provides a broad overview of the American political system, focusing on the historical and cultural context of its development. Intended to develop a basic understanding of the Constitutional foundations of the government of the United States, the role played by parties and interest groups throughout American history, the functions of the various branches of government and the evolution of their relations inter se, the methods by which public policy is formulated, and the role that diverse groups play in the policy process. In addition, the course seeks to enhance the ability of students to use historical and cultural understanding as a basis for the formation of independent judgments on current political issues. (GE)


May - June Block:

ITAL 121 - Italian Language and Culture (1 unit)

  • 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 units)

  • 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 units)

Prerequisite: ITAL 151

  • 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 units)
Foreign Language GE; Prerequisite: ITAL 152

  • 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).

HUM 295 - Enriching the International Experience (1 unit)

  • 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).

PE 191 - Individual Exercise (1 unit)

  • Florence Program only. Extra fee required.


Visiting Faculty

Dr. Michael Ditmore

Chair/Professor of English, Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College






Updated: 01.08.18