Courses - Spring 2016

All students will take three required courses:

Italian Language and Culture (1 credit)
This course will build upon the foundation of Italian language study completed at HWS prior to the program. A variety of visits to local sites will complement in-class instruction and a series of “labs” will introduce students to various aspects of Italian culture and society. Students with more advanced Italian skills will be placed in an upper-level class.

Drawing on Italy (1 credit)
Drawing on Italy is a course that offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on the role of drawing as a means of expression, creation, and analysis. A course dedicated to blending seminar lectures and discussions with creative writing and studio based drawing explorations, students will build on the knowledge and technique of drawing. (It is recommended that students must have successfully completed either ARTS 125 Introduction to Drawing, ARCH 110 Introduction to Architecture, or ARTH 110 Visual Culture to enroll in this course)

Italian Food, Culture, and Society (1 credit)
The saying “A tavola non s’invecchia” (“One doesn’t age at the supper table”) expresses the importance of food and eating for Italians. In this course, we will examine the relationship between food and culture in Italy from pre-historical times to the present, through a variety of readings, class discussions and some personal and practical experience. The study of food culture is interdisciplinary—even though the historical point of view will be primary, during our readings, class discussions and lectures we will touch upon many fields: sociology, literature, art, music and philosophy. In addition students will undertake a group-learning project around Rome that will enhance their classroom experience. Field trips (cheese, wine and olive oil production) and cooking classes will be included in the experience.

In addition, students will choose one of the following two courses:

“La Bella Figura”: Figure Sculpture in Italy (1 credit)
This course is both a survey of art historical trends as well as a hands-on practicum of sculpture practices and principles. The emphasis will be on the study of the sculpted figure in Italian art from ancient Roman and Etruscan times through the Renaissance and into the modern era. This course will be of interest to students studying in any of the three primary areas: Studio Art, Art History, or Architectural Studies. (Students enrolling in this course are encouraged to have one intro class relating to 2D or 3D art; examples include ARTS 114 Introduction to Sculpture, ARTS 115 Introduction to 3D Design, or ARTS 125 Intro to Drawing).

Architecture Studio: Immediate Environment - ARCS 20X/301 (1 credit)
This course sets out to further architectural design investigations. Building on formal and communication techniques defined within the art of drawing, modeling, and critical thinking, this studio will explore Rome as the primary site for analysis and creative exploration. Focusing on spatial, structural, material, and experiential design, projects will range in scale from the human body to architecture, and finally to the scale of the urban landscape. (This course will be offered at two levels: students enrolling at the 200 level must have successfully completed ARCH 110 Introduction to Architectural Studies, ARTS 115 3D Design, and ARTS 125 Introduction to Drawing. Those enrolling at the 300 level must have also successfully completed ARCS 200 Introduction to Architectural Design I).


  • The Rome program is offered every semester, with a different academic focus, depending on the faculty director.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at a selected date in October (for fall programs) and March (for spring programs).

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.






Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Contact the Colleges


Offices and Resources
Campus Directory

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.