Undergraduates to Explore Catholic Culture, Learn Italian During Summer Rome Program
Undergraduate students from all over the country will study in the Eternal City during
UD's intensive five-week Undergraduate Summer in Rome program in June 2014.
For the first time in the program's three-year history, students will choose from
two course tracks: an intensive Second Year Italian I and II combination or an English
and theology mix of Shakespeare's Rome and God, the Lover, and the City: Explorations
in Catholic Faith and Culture.
The program itinerary, which will look familiar to Romer alumni, includes site visits
to Monte Cassino and Assisi, among others, and a papal audience.
"One of the charms of the Summer Rome program is that it's much smaller than the Rome
Semesterabout 30 students," said Ron Rombs, associate professor of theology and program
Second Year Italian I and II will offer students an intensive focus on grammar, writing
and conversation with language practice in Rome and reading selections chosen to complement
Scott Crider, associate professor of English, will teach Shakespeare's Rome, a look
at the playwright's six Roman works. Rombs will teach God, the Lover, and the City,
which will look at how Catholic theologians, writers and artists use truth, beauty
and goodness as a common ground to reach others. Students will read selections from
Flannery O'Connor, Josef Pieper and Blessed John Paul II.
"We can't help ourselves but to be lovers of the good, true and beautiful," said Rombs.
"Art is common ground for Catholics and non-Catholics to talk about the good, true
For more information, visit the Undergraduate Summer in Rome website or attend an information session Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Gorman A.