Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century

Gonzaga offers you the unique opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy. You will study how powers collided during the 15th century, ultimately producing one of the most creative times in world history, the Renaissance. You will learn how leaders of the day managed conflict, and used influence to ultimately change business, art, architecture and music, and how those skills can be used in contemporary organizations.

Gonzaga University has its own campus in Florence. 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.

This is not a traditional study abroad program with a big, time commitment, this course is designed to fit your busy work schedule. Many of our students take a vacation from work to spend two weeks in Florence and the surrounding area. The program is affordable and you can use your financial aid toward the cost.


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Program Details:


  • October 21-28, 2024

Estimated Costs:

  • Tuition - 3 credits: Est. $3,240*
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,340*


  • Shared hotel accommodations in Florence
  • Museum entry fees
  • Some group meals and excursions
  • Insurance

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Most meals
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses 


The course is hybrid with online components beginning at the start of summer session. When you return home, you will continue to complete coursework.

ORGL 510 - Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century - 3 credits
Instructor: Dung Tran, Ph.D.

This course provides an examination of Renaissance leadership as it applies to contemporary organizations. Course study is designed for an interdisciplinary group of students to explore the power of Renaissance thinking as it applies to renewal, rediscovery, invention and creativity. This course will help emerging leaders develop new perspectives and strategies to bring health, creativity and energy to their organizations. Learners will draw upon the creative processes of artists - painters, architects, musicians and writers - and apply the same dynamics of creative thinking to the practical work of leaders in today’s organizations. Special emphasis will be given to the artists of the Italian Renaissance, especially as developed in the city of Florence.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the dynamics involved in the creative process, especially as illustrated by the Italian Renaissance
  • Apply these dynamics to leadership in contemporary organizations
  • Draw upon an inter-disciplinary network of colleagues to process an integrative approach to the art of leadership

*Tuition and program fees are an estimate subject to change.