Study abroad in Italy at Gonzaga's campus in Florence, with a course designed to fit your busy work schedule.
Fifteenth century Italy and Florence, in particular, saw a flowering of the arts and scholarship unmatched in history. This can be seen in the rhetoric of art and architecture, religious preaching, political writing and oratory, and in the humanistic philosophy that emerges from it.
Whether the fiery oratory of the Dominican Friar Savonarola trying to reform the republic of Florence, the famous letters of St. Catherine of Siena trying to persuade the Pope to repair a schism in the Church, or Nicola Machiavelli’s The Prince as a primer on leadership, all provide an amazing repository of examples of the birth of humanism and its influence on persuasive discourse to lead social progress. Additionally, Donatello’s sculpture, Sandro Botticelli’s paintings, Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings, and Michelangelo’s art will be analyzed to understand the rhetoric of the time and how the visual played an important role in communication with society.
This course examines this period through readings, discussions, and on-site visits to historical settings in Florence. We will formulate and explore the critical questions necessary to understand these ideas and their application to today. Using the Italian Renaissance as the canvas, we will study multiple examples of rhetoric.
During this faculty led course, a typical day includes a few hours in the classroom and an afternoon museum tour. The evenings are yours to explore the culture of Florence.
Many of our students take vacation from work to spend approximately two weeks in Florence. The program is affordable and you can use your financial aid toward the cost.
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- May 22-June 3, 2023
- Tuition (3 credits): Est. $3,180*
- Study Abroad Fee: $2,215**
- Shared hotel accommodations in Florence
- Museum entry fees
- Some group meals and excursions
- Most meals
- Personal expenses
The courses are hybrid with online components beginning at the start of summer session. When you return home, you will continue to complete coursework.
COML - Renaissance Rhetoric - 3 Credits
Instructor: Tracey Hayes, Ph.D.
This course examines written, verbal and visual rhetoric to understand the humanistic movement of the Italian Renaissance and the role it continues to play in contemporary society. Through readings, discussions, and on-site visits to historical settings in Florence, we will formulate and explore the critical questions necessary to understand these ideas and their application to today. This course will be offered every summer.
*Tuition is subject to change
**Fees are an estimate and subject to change