Oct 13, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs and Study Abroad



General Information

About the Center

The Peggy and Marc Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs at Roger Williams University seeks to strengthen liberal arts and professional school education by engaging students and faculty with global learning. The Spiegel Center is committed to working closely with all members of the Roger Williams University campus community to develop and facilitate educational programming activities, at home and abroad, that will equip students from all disciplines with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in a world marked by interdependence, diversity and rapid change.

The Study Abroad Program

Central to the University’s core purpose to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning is the belief that a complete college education today involves transformative educational experiences that prepare students to thrive in a culturally diverse and global society. There is no better vehicle to achieve this objective than through the delivery of quality study abroad programs. The University’s flagship programs are offered in Florence, Italy and Barcelona, Spain each semester as well as London, England every fall. Each site offers an academically integrated program of studies. The University has also established semester-long partnerships around the world with a select group of Roger Williams University Affiliated Programs that have demonstrated a proven track record for academic integrity, a strong focus on experiential learning and an earned reputation for excellence in providing solid support services to students throughout the study abroad cycle. These providers currently include:

BIOS (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences)
Arcadia University
AIFS (American Institute for Foreign Study)
Institute for Foreign Study Abroad/Butler University
API (Academic Program International)
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium)

The University also offers exchange and direct enroll programs for a semester or academic year abroad. These programs are the result of our ongoing initiative to expand relations with universities abroad. Currently there are Exchange and Direct Enroll Programs located at:

The University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
The University of Westminster, London England
The University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
University College Dublin, Ireland
National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England
ICN Business School, Nancy, France
Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan
Universidad Veritas, San Jose, Costa Rica

Short-term, faculty-led programs are offered during Winter Intersession, Spring and Summer Session. These programs provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses abroad with RWU faculty and learn and study in a global context.

Credit and Transcripts

All approved course work undertaken in an approved and affiliated Roger Williams University semester-long program noted above will be recorded on student’s Roger Williams University transcripts.  Credits issued from universities abroad will be converetd into Roger Williams UNiversity   Course equivalents that are assigned for coursework that is completed abroad are subject to final approval by the appropriate RWU department and dean. Students undertaking an independent study abroad program through an unaffiliated program will follow transfer of credit procedures.

Grades

Grades earned abroad on an approved and affiliated semester program will carry back to Roger Williams University after being converted using the appropriate US grade scale. Grades earned on Faculty-led Short Term Programs will be entered and reflect on a student’s transcripts.  Incomplete work abroad is not allowed.  Student who receive a failing grade will need to make arrangements to make up the credits not awarded. If the failing grade was from a courses not regularly offered at Roger Williams UNiversity, there will be option to retake that course.  All financial obligations must be met before grades are released. Grades will not be accessible to students who have not submitted immunization records to University Health Services. Grades are not reported by telephone.

Core Concentration in International Studies

Students have the opportunity to satisfy a Core Concentration in International Studies through successful completion of a semester abroad on a Roger Williams University sponsored or Roger Williams University affiliated program. Completing a Core Concentration in International Studies will demonstrate to employers that a student who studied abroad has the maturity, resourcefulness and resilience required to navigate successfully in challenging and increasingly diverse working environments.

The following institutional policy has been established by Roger Williams University for completion of the Core Concentration in International Studies:

Roger Williams University requirements for the Core Concentration in International Studies

  • International Studies Core Concentrations are to consist of fifteen (15) credits that focus on the host country/region and are normally transferable to Roger Williams University.
  • The courses used in an International Studies Core Concentration may not be used to fulfill any Roger Williams University major requirements.
  • At least nine (9) credits of International Studies Core Concentration must be taken abroad.
  • At least twelve (12) credits of the International Studies Core Concentration must directly focus on aspects of the culture or history of the particular country or region.

Semester Load

Students must be enrolled in 12-20 credits to be considered full-time. Students normally carry fifteen to seventeen credits while abroad. Exceptions to this require the permission of the student’s dean and  the appropriate program coordinator. All students must meet with their advisor or dean to review course requirements before registering for a Study Abroad Program. Students are advised to visit the Study Abroad Office early on in their academic career to properly plan to go abroad.

Advising and Pre-Departure and On-Site Support

All Roger Williams University Study Abroad programs include advising and pre-departure orientation. This includes the deposit, application, approval and visa processes as well as acculturation to the country of study and institutional expectations of the host academic community. On-site orientation and advisement are also offered. These functions are facilitated by the Director of Study Abroad Programs in coordination with the programs, directors and staff abroad.

Pre-Approved Course Work

Students applying to Roger Williams University Study Abroad programs must secure course advisement and approval before they leave. Students may change their course selections at the study abroad site, but if this is necessary, approval must be received from the appropriate Dean or Department via email.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all scheduled course meetings and activities including field trips and special events. Excessive absenteeism may result in dismissal from the program.  Individual program attendance policies will alo be in effect and student are required to adhere to these specific policies.

General Prerequisites For Study Abroad

In most cases, Roger Williams University students can go abroad as early as their sophomore year. Each study abroad program will have a minimum GPA requirement to be considered for admission. The minimum required cumulative GPA to study abroad on a semester program is 2.5. For Roger Williams University’s Semester Abroad in London program, students must have a 2.6 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. For Roger Williams University’s Semester Abroad in Florence and Barcelona programs, students must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. For all Roger Williams University affiliated programs, minimum cumulative grade point averages vary from 2.5 to 3.0. Consult with the Spiegel Center for specific program requirements. Other requirements include the following:

  • Declaration of major and Core Concentration before going abroad
  • For Semester Program enrollment, students will need a minimum of 30 university credits completed
  • Acceptable conduct record
  • Advisor’s/dean’s approval

Applying For Semester Study Abroad Programs

All applications are available online at the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs student portal located at https://rwuabroad.rwu.edu.  Every student considering to study abroad should first meet with the Director of Study Abroad Programs. The next step is to meet with his/her advisor as soon as possible to begin planning for a semester abroad. These are important first steps to make - and steps that can start as early as freshman year. Academic advisors can help figure out which semester and/or academic year would work best. The application process:

  • A non-refundable $60 application fee is due with the application (payments should be made payable to Roger Williams University. No deposits or payments should be made to any affiliated program provider).
  • Applications are due no later than the first business day in October for spring/winter participation and the first business day in March for fall/summer program participation. Applications are always due the semester before a student intends to study abroad. For each program, the student must fill out a general RWU application and program specific application materials. If a student is interested in more than one program, a general application and an application for each individual program must be completed and submitted.
  • Shortly after mid-semester, students accepted into a RWU sponsored study abroad program will be required to attend several mandatory meetings with the Director of Study Abroad Programs to receive a comprehensive predeparture orientation.
  • All Architecture students applying for the Florence or Barcelona semester programs must apply by March 1 in the semester prior to the academic year they will be going abroad. if they plan to study abroad in either fall or spring. We only have one application deadline for Architecture students.
  • Students will be required to make a $600 non-refundable deposit in order to confirm their spot in the program.

Registration

All students who are participating in a Flagship Roger Williams University Study Abroad Program will register at the assigned time using the courses listed in RWU’s system. For those students participating in Affiliated Programs (Arcadia, CIEE, Central, etc.) students will be assigned temporary holding credits while they are abroad. Students from other institutions who are accepted into the Study Abroad Program must contact the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs to facilitate registration into the study abroad program. Registration may be arranged by calling (401) 254-3040 or by emailing scgip@rwu.edu.

Financial Aid

The University’s effort to maintain an active and equitable program of financial assistance applies fully to all Roger Williams University students enrolled in Roger Williams University sponsored and approved or affiliated semester or year-long study abroad programs (consult the Spiegel Center website http://www.rwu.edu/global for the most up-to-date list of approved program affiliates.) The criteria for financial assistance are demonstrated need and academic performance. Aid is awarded without regard to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, or disability.

Students must reapply for financial aid each year to have their current eligibility determined. All returning students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor before February 1. Students must satisfy the academic standards of the University as specified in the University Catalog to be considered for continued financial assistance. To receive aid, students entering the junior year must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Students whose GPA falls below 2.0 are not eligible until they attain a 2.0 GPA.

Students interested in Study Abroad Programs should meet immediately with a financial aid advisor to complete the necessary forms other than the FAFSA and to submit signed copies of their federal income tax form and that of their parents.

All payment options described in the University Catalog may be applied to the approved RWU study abroad programs. Questions may be directed to the Office of the Bursar at (401) 254-3520.

No student placed on academic suspension is eligible for financial aid. Students receiving financial aid who do not meet the minimum requirements as outlined under the Rate of Progress in the University Catalog shall not be awarded financial aid.

A student must be an accepted, full-time matriculated Roger Williams University day student in order to be considered for financial aid.

Tuition Remission And Tuition Exchange

Study Abroad Programs are not eligible for tuition remission and tuition exchange. Please check with the Spiegel Center for any exceptions. Students may apply for Financial Aid and determination will be based upon demonstrated need and academic performance.

Academic Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Roger Williams University academic scholarships, grants and awards are applied to nearly all of the approved Study Abroad programs. Students are encouraged to check with the Spiegel Center for current exceptions. Academic scholarships, grants and awards are not available to students who are not full-time, matriculated Roger Williams University students. There are many study abroad scholarships available. Please consult with the Spiegel Center for current resources.

Fees

Application Fee

A non-refundable $60 application fee is due with the application submission

(payments should be made payable to Roger Williams University).

Deposit

A $600 deposit is due 30 days after acceptance to reserve a place in the program. All deposits must be received by May 1 - fall/year; or November 1 - spring. If a deposit is not paid within the 30 days following the stated deadline, the student may be dropped from the program. The deposit is applied to the tuition bill/program fee for the term the student will be abroad. Deposits are non-refundable except in the extraordinary circumstance that a program is cancelled.

Students withdrawing from a program will forfeit their application fee and deposit by having a charge placed on their account to off-set the initial credit posted to the account when the application fee and deposit were first made.

Tuition and Fees

For the vast majority of programs abroad, the tuition and semester fees are comparable to tuition, room and board on the Bristol campus. Some study abroad programs include meal plans as part of their overall charges. Students who participate in these programs will have the meal charges calculated into the semester fee. Otherwise students will not be charged for meals. For a select few programs, however, there may be an additional fee premium that will be required. Students are advised to consult with the Spiegel Center to obtain the most up-to-date list of study abroad programs that require a premium fee above  Roger Williams University tuition, room and board and fees. In addition, students are responsible for the cost of airfare as well as lab, materials and site-visit fees; if indicated on the financial aid form, these costs will be considered. Students need to budget independently for optional and extracurricular activities, including personal travel and spending money.

Tuition payment in full for the fall semester is due July 1 and tuition payment in full for the spring semester is due January 3. Students who have not paid their outstanding balances by these dates will not be permitted to participate in the Study Abroad Program.

Billing

Students are billed by Roger Williams University in the usual manner.

Roger Williams University Study Abroad Program Refund Policy

If a student voluntarily withdraws or is dismissed from a Study Abroad program, he or she will be responsible for all costs associated with the withdrawal including the cost of changing the return date of the plane ticket, the cost of the room abroad, tuition, board and financial aid according to the University refund schedule below. Students who voluntarily leave a program must submit a signed “Withdrawal From the University” form and obtain Bursar approval. The student is responsible for any non-recoverable charges assessed as a result of their withdrawal.

For students who do not return to the Bristol campus for the semester, the refund schedule is as follows:

  1. Before the first day of class: 100% of tuition only, less the deposit.
  2. Within the first week: 80% of tuition only.
  3. Within the second week: 60% of tuition only.

For students allowed to return to campus, the refund schedule is as follows:

  1. Before the first day of class: 100% of tuition, room and board only, less the deposit.
  2. Within the first week: 80% of tuition, room and board only.
  3. Within the second week: 60% of tuition, room and board only.

If the student is permitted to return to the Bristol campus during that same semester to continue his or her studies and is permitted to live on campus, he or she will be responsible for  the entire cost of tuition, fees, room and board.

Any outstanding balance on a student’s account is deducted from the refund. Any refund due the student, as authorized by the Office of the Bursar, requires approximately three weeks for processing.

Health Insurance

Roger Williams University requires all students studying abroad in one of its programs to have medical insurance. Students enrolled in the RWUs student health plan will maintain their coverage while abroad. If students carry their own health insurance they will need to certify their coverage to the Spiegel Center before going abroad. Some Roger Williams University approved semester programs will provide semester international health insurance coverage as part of the program charges.  Please contact teh Spiegel Center for specific details. 

Passports

All students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program must secure passports. This is the responsibility of the student. Forms are available at local U.S. Post Offices. Currently, passports can take several months to procure. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to apply immediately. United States passports are valid for 10 years.

Personal Travel & Communications

Students may travel on their own during their time abroad, provided it does not interfere with scheduled classes and activities including field trips and special events. Students should be aware of any travel alerts or restrictions that may be in effect as a student’s safety and security is of paramount importance. Students studying abroad are encouraged to consider renting or purchasing an international cell phone during their time overseas. Many programs currently require this since it is an effective way to ensure a means of communication while you are traveling.

Semester Abroad in Florence, Italy

The Faculty

Roger Williams University partners with the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai for the delivery of this program. Students have access to the Institute’s faculty and staff, which include a Program Director and a Student Services staff. All speak English and are credentialed in their respective fields.

Program Prerequisites

In addition to the general prerequisites listed in the General Information section, students must also have at least 45 credits of completed course work and a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

The Institute

Semester Abroad in Florence is offered at ISI/The International Studies Institute, a center established by Academic Centers Abroad, to meet the growing demand of study abroad with a unique program set in Florence, Italy. The Institute’s distinguished faculty and resources complement Roger Williams University’s academic programs.

The Institute has chosen Palazzo Rucellai, a well-known Renaissance structure of the 15th century, as the main site of its facilities. The Institute occupies several floors of Palazzo Rucellai and has classrooms, student and faculty lounges, a library and computer rooms.

The architect Leon Batista Alberti designed the façade of Palazzo Rucellai. Alberti also designed the façade of the famous Florentine church, Santa Maria Novella. Bernardo Rossellino, following the plans of Alberti, built the palace between 1455 and 1458. It was one of the richest and most decorated palaces of Renaissance Florence. Palazzo Rucellai is located on via della Vigna Nuova 18 in Florence, Italy in the Santa Maria Novella quarter of the city, where there are many buildings of great historical and artistic interest and importance to the history of Florence. The group of buildings belonging to the Rucellai family, one of the most involved families in the history of the Santa Maria Novella complex, is placed between via della Vigna Nouva, via Federighi and the Palazzo Strozzi.

Students enjoy the advantages of an English-speaking program, and, at the same time, immerse themselves in an historical, cultural and artistic tradition that is, arguably, beyond compare. Courses exploit the city’s and the country’s wealth and legacy; typically, they involve site visits throughout the surrounding region.

Architecture Studio

The facility includes studio space, an extensive pin-up area, computer lab, architecture library, conference room and administrative offices. The studio is spacious and exceptionally well lit with natural light. A network connects a series of Internet accessible computers with the latest design software including AutoCAD®, other applicable programs and large format color printers.

All architecture studio students are provided with an architectural table, slide rulers, table lamps, and a common work area for the semester’s duration. The studio and context courses are taught by practiced architects and academics and are designed to integrate lectures and discussion workshops, on-site visits to churches, museums and monuments and field trips to a variety of relevant  destinations. The courses allow students to sketch on-site and explore ideas for a team project that is the core of the advanced design studio course.

Accommodations

Students live in shared apartments with other U.S. students enrolled in the program. All housing is within walking distance to the Institute and architecture studio. Bedrooms are furnished with beds, a closet or armoire, sheets, pillows and blankets. This program is considered self-catered since students will be responsible for their own meals. Kitchen facilities include a stove, refrigerator, cooking utensils and dishes. Everyone in the apartment shares kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Library Resources

The ISI library and the Internet serve as the main sources of research in support of the program. The Library also offers a quiet place for reading and studying. Students also have limited, privileged access to various library and video collections that maintain holdings in English as well as Italian throughout Florence.

Computer Center

The Computer Center at ISI contains PC systems equipped with updated software and printers as well. WiFi is available in school buildings.

Permesso Di Soggiorno

Upon arrival in Florence, students must obtain a Permesso di Soggiorno (“Permit to Stay”). To procure this document, students must provide the same documents necessary for procuring an Italian visa. Further information on this process is distributed to accepted students during the semester prior to the semester abroad. Students will be responsible for the cost of securing the Permesso and will receive assistance with this process once in Italy from the Institute’s staff.

Program Options

Students participating in the Semester Abroad in Florence Program have many course choices available to them. All students are required to enroll in an appropriate level Italian language course. It should be noted that a complete Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in International Studies can be satisfied in one semester. Courses that satisfy this option can be obtained through the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs. For specific course lists for a given semester, consult the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs (401) 254-3899 or visit www.rwu.edu/global.

Semester Abroad in Florence Course Descriptions

PLEASE NOTE that the following descriptions are for courses that have been consistently offered in Florence. Course offerings may vary from semester to semester and therefore the following courses should not be considered to be definitive. While every attempt is made to accommodate students’ first choice of courses, enrollment cannot be guaranteed. Students are advised to consult the SpiegelCenter for Global and International Programs before selecting courses.

All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

ARCH 477 - Architecture in Context
Fulfills Architecture major requirement
Prerequisites: Architecture major or completed architecture minor

The goal of this course is to teach students a method by which to understand, analyze, and visually represent a city/site and its context, producing tools that will be useful and applicable in Architectural Design. The course will focus on Florence as a living and contemporary city rather than an open air museum, pointing students in their reading and understanding towards the context of the city beyond the monuments. Using its built history of Florence as a case study, the students will explore various meanings of context: urban context, landscape and geography, social and human environment, historical processes and stratified layers. A site-visit and materials fee will be applied. (3 credits)

AAH 214 - The Art of Florence in Context: Masters and Monuments
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course examines the factors which made Florence the birthplace and greatest focal point of the Renaissance. It is a heavily contextual course, which emphasizes the value of seeing and analyzing Renaissance art in its original, intended locations. Students will become familiar with the art of the Florentine Renaissance, will be better able to understand art by exploring its historical, social and urban contexts, and will develop the analytical and interpretive skills required to examine and understand successfully other kinds of imagery. A site-visit and materials fee will be applied. (3 credits)

AAH 330 - Topics in Art and Architectural History: Michelangelo
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
A study of the drawings, paintings, sculptures and architecture of Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). Through a study of Michelangelo’s precursors, including Masaccio and Jacopo della Quercia, his apprenticeship with Ghirlandaio, his devotion to classical antiquity, his early and mature work, and his writings and his enduring artistic legacy, students will get a complete view of one of the most influential artists of the High Renaissance. The course includes site visits in Florence and Rome. Offered in the fall semester only. A site-visit fee will be applied. (3 credits)

AAH 330 - Topics in Art and Architectural History: Leonardo
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
An in depth study of Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452-1519) drawings, paintings and writings on art and the meaning of his anatomical and physiognomic studies. This course seeks to define Leonardo’s development as a painter and as a draftsman. The student will become familiar not only with Leonardo’s individual masterpieces, but also with his working methods, interests, inventiveness, and  indebtedness to other artist’s works. Offered in the spring semester only. A site-visit fee will be applied. (3 credits)

ENG 430 - 20th Century Italian Literature in Translation
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course focuses on the main trends in the development of Italian narrative since the end of the 19th century. Students will read works by such prominent writers as Verga, Pirandello, Svevo, Ginzburg,
Buzzati, and Calvino. By placing these authors in the broader context of European culture, students will acquire a critical language appropriate to the reading and analysis of the ‘modernist’ novel and to an understanding of the implications of ‘postmodernism’ in the Italian literary tradition. (3 credits)

HIST 430/ POLSC 430 - Special Topics: Studies in the European Union
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
An exploration of the European Union through two main themes: the national level which focuses on democracy as it unfolds within the boundaries of the nation states and the creation of unity on the supra-national level in Europe. It aims to give insight into the political institutions, processes and policies of the major countries in Europe, an appreciation of the diversity of systems encountered in Europe, as well as the nature and function of the European Union. (3 credits)

HIST 430 - Ancient Rome
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course is an introduction to the history and culture of the Roman world, from Rome’s beginnings in myth and legend through its rise to domination of the Mediterranean world, its violent conversion  from a Republic to an Empire, and the long success of that Empire down to its collapse in the fifth century A.D. (3 credits)

HIST 430/ POLSC 430 - History and Politics of Modern Italy
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This is designed to review and examine the modern political history of Italy from the Second World War to the present time. After a short review of Italian history before WWII, the main areas of focus will be: WWII and the Cold War, the workings of governing institutions in the post-war period, the role of the Church, political parties and movements, the European unification process, black and red  terrorism, as well as political corruption and political conspiracy. (3 credits)

HUM 306 - The History and Culture of Food: A Comparative Analysis
Fulfills Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course examines the history and culture of food in Italy and in the US from a comparative perspective drawing particular attention to the differences but also the connections between both. The  evolution of Italian food is explored with a focus on foreign influences which have shaped the use of different food products, preparation methods, consumption patterns, etc., over the centuries. Consideration will be given to the role of food reform movements and food lobbies; the creation of the Mediterranean diet, and the advent of a “new” food culture in the United States. The emergence of a specific Italo- American food culture from the beginning of the 20th century will also be discussed. (3 credits)

HUM 399/ANTH 299 - Contemporary Italy: Culture and Society
Fulfills Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free
This course is an introduction to a variety of topical areas and major themes of social and cultural anthropology. It looks at the concepts of culture, modernity, and social structure, by applying them to Italian politics, media, gender relationships, and medical practices. The course thus guides students toward the discovery and understanding of contemporary Italy. To this end, we deal both with direct experience and with anthropological accounts of Italian society and culture. (3 credits)

ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian I
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
Proficiency-based instruction in basic grammar, discursive patterns, vocabulary and syntax of the language within a cultural context, the course emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing, and prepares the student for more advanced study of the Italian language. It encourages use of “the city as language lab,” and serves as an introduction to various aspects of contemporary Italian culture. (3 credits)
ITAL 102 - Elementary Italian II
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course follows Elementary Italian I, and is a continuation of the study of the basic elements of the Italian language and its culture. Proficiency-based instruction includes basic grammar, discursive patterns, vocabulary and syntax of the language within a cultural context. The course emphasizes listening, speaking, reading and writing, and prepares the student for more advanced study of the Italian language. It encourages use of “the city as language lab,” and serves as an introduction to various aspects of contemporary Italian culture. (3 credits)

ITAL 201 - Intermediate Italian I
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
An intermediate Italian course building, through proficiency-based instruction, on two semesters of previous work. A greater depth and range of linguistic skills beyond the elementary level are pursued through grammar review and conversational practice. Emphasis is placed on achievement of fluency and the integration of language and culture through more extensive reading and writing assignments.
The course explores various aspects of contemporary Italian culture, including media such as TV news, children’s programs, popular music, and newspapers. (3 credits)

ITAL 202 - Intermediate Italian II
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
An advanced intermediate course based on three previous semesters of study. Students read a variety of textual materials covering various aspects of Italian culture and society, engage in active  discussion, and develop their ability to write clear and well-articulated prose. Course work includes presentation of grammar topics not covered in previous courses. (3 credits)

ITAL 310 - Advanced Grammar and Composition
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration requirement; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course furthers the students’ ability to communicate in written and spoken Italian through discussions, presentations, and compositions on assigned topics. While the written practice will be dedicated to develop proficiency in various genres and styles, the oral component of the course will focus on argumentative exposition and debates on topics of contemporary Italian culture. Prerequisite: 4 semesters of Italian language study. (3 credits)

ITAL 338 - Italian Literary Tradition I
Fulfills a course requirement in the Modern Language Core Concentration
A survey of early Italian literary masterpieces with special consideration of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the tools of analysis specific to literary studies, as well as on reaching an understanding of historical context and the place of the works studied in the broader European scene. Taught in Italian. (3 credits)

ITAL 340 - Advanced Literary Topics
Fulfills Modern Language major requirement; minor requirement; Core Concentration
An interdisciplinary introduction to the literary culture of modern Italy, focusing primarily on the main trends in the development of Italian narrative since the end of the 19th century. Students will read  works by the most prominent modern Italian writers, placing them in the broader context of European culture, with an aim to acquiring a critical language appropriate both to the reading and analysis of the “modernist” novel and to an understanding of the implications of “post-modern-ism” in the Italian literary tradition. Taught in Italian. (3 credits)

BUSN 430 - The Business and Management of Art and Culture
Fulfills major requirement; minor requirement; free elective
Markets for visual arts provide a particularly fertile ground for those concerned with the economics of culture. The study of the past and current structure of the market for visual art, the mechanisms that fuel this flourishing market and the involvement of public and private institutions in the context of the current globalization of the arts, provides significant instruments for business and marketing studies. While analyzing the economic impact of past and current art law, students will evaluate the organization of visual arts and entertainment industries both in the past and in the ‘new economy’ environment, which will be enriched by meetings with significant professional figures working the world of museums, foundations and international art trade. (3 credits)

VARTS 204 - Renaissance Drawing Techniques: The Human Figure
Fulfills a course requirement in Visual Arts studies; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course combines a concise and informative historical survey of the image of the nude figure from the Classical to Mannerist periods in art with an in-depth artistic analysis of human anatomy.  Beginning with a general study of the canon of the nude in classical sculpture, its translation into Proto-Renaissance mosaics and Early and High Renaissance painting and sculpture, the nude’s most expressionistic appearance, and finally, in Mannerist art, the course will explore the development of the portrayal of human figure. Students will draw in the manner of the old masters from prototypes and live models. Site-visit and materials fees will be applied. (3 credits)

VARTS 261 - Foundations of Photography: Portfolio of Florence
Fulfills a course requirement in Visual Arts studies; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of photography including proper camera usage and exposure techniques using photography as a creative art. Students will explore the architecture, history, people, and culture of Florence to record and document their visual impressions. Lecture, discussions, slide viewing and critiques, and field work will be integrated into the course. Site-visit and
materials fees will be applied. (3 credits)

VARTS 282 - Oil Painting
Fulfills a course requirement in Visual Arts studies; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
By following, in abbreviated form, the step-by-step process for training of the Renaissance painter as outlined in Cennino Cennini’s 14th century treatise on art, Il Libro dell’ Arte. students will experience the instructional methods of that period’s apprenticeship system. Using the same materials and following the same course of instruction as did Renaissance apprentices, students are introduced, following basic exercises in drawing, to various painting techniques, including egg tempera and fresco, to round out their artist’s education. Students will copy directly from frescoes and sculptures in Florence as Renaissance apprentices did. Site visit and materials fees will be applied. (3 credits)

VARTS 383 - The Art of Buon Fresco
Fulfills a course requirement in the Visual Arts studies; Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in Italian Studies requirement; free elective
This course provides a unique combination of art history and studio work to pro-vide a complete exploration of the technical and creative aspects of fresco painting in the Renaissance. Through an  analysis of early to high Renaissance frescoes in Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Rome, and hands-on experience in the studio creating frescoes in the traditional method, the history of the development of the fresco technique and its widespread use in Renaissance art and society will be explored. Site-visit and materials fees will be applied. (3 credits)

Semester Abroad in London, England

Instituted in 1971 to provide theatre students with an opportunity to see the finest theatre in the world and be immersed in English history, culture, arts and architecture, this program also welcomes students from other majors who wish to experience a semester abroad in a Roger Williams program while working to complete their major or pursue a Core Concentration in British Studies. Special courses and opportunities are added to the curriculum customized to the needs of each student, helping them fulfill their educational goals. Special curriculums have been designed and are available for students in Dance, Education, Education/English and Graphics. The program is offered each fall semester.

The London Program is unique in being designed as an experiential study-abroad semester. Courses in the program build on the limitless opportunities that London and England provide to experience historical and cultural sites directly. Courses are conducted at historic sites, in the museums and on the streets. The curriculum includes field trips during the day and performances during the evening and opportunities to meet with practitioners as well as scholars.

The Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Martin, theatre professor, serves as overall Program Director. A Roger Williams faculty member leads the program each year, assisted by distinguished adjunct faculty affiliated with British universities and theatrical training institutions who teach courses for the program. Additional guest lecturers from the world of British theatre often supplement the Semester Abroad Studies in London program.

Program Prerequisites

In addition to the general prerequisites, students must also have at least 45 credits of completed course work and a 2.6 cumulative grade point average.

Accommodations

The London branch campus of Roger Williams University is housed in the Pickwick Hotel in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury district and around the corner from the British Museum. The hotel facilities include our dorm rooms, office/library, lounge, kitchen, and computer facilities with wireless access throughout the building. Some classes are held in the hotel or in a nearby facility, although the majority of class time is spent at the site being studied.

Transportation within Central London is provided for each student by means of a 12-week travel card. Special information about housing is discussed at orientation sessions.

Library Resources

A small library of reference books is housed at the London campus. Students may arrange to have lending cards issued to them by a local London library. These cards extend borrowing privileges to the students at all seven libraries in the Westminster group, including the Central Reference Library on St. Martin’s Lane, which holds London’s largest collection of theatre and literature books.

Program Options

Students participating in the Semester Abroad Studies in London program have four options of study available to them. All students enroll in  THEAT 490 - Cultures in Contact: British Heritage and Its Impact on Modern Man . It should be noted that a complete Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies can be satisfied in one semester. The program options are:

  1. The Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies
  2. Four courses toward the Core Concentration in London Theatre
  3. Four courses toward the Theatre Major/Minor Course of Study
  4. Five courses toward an Elective course of study
  5. Four courses toward an English/Secondary Education Course of Study

Semester Abroad in London Course Descriptions

PLEASE NOTE that the following descriptions are for courses that have been consistently offered in London. 

All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

HUM 330 - Society and Shelter in Britain
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies
A study of the development of English culture through the interaction of architecture, urban planning, social organization, and history. The course addresses the overlay of cultures and ideas in England through the use of sites from various periods from prehistoric (Stonehenge, Avebury) through the developments of the industrial age (St. Pancras railway terminal and the development of the London suburb).

HUM 430 - History through the Museums of England
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies
Using the vast museum resources of London, the course studies the changes in European society through the visual arts starting with the Elgin marbles and Egyptian collection in the British Museum and
ending with the new modern art Tate Gallery on the South Bank. The course will emphasize how museums shape our perceptions of the past and understanding of ourselves, through their holdings,  organization and presentation.

THEAT 312 - Acting Workshop
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre Prerequisite: Two semesters of introductory acting courses or their equivalent and a serious commitment to acting as a profession.
Advanced study of experimental theatre techniques. The aim of the work is to extend the creative range of the actor by developing his or her physical and vocal equipment, releasing the imagination so that the actor is able to bring a new freedom and new depth to his or her work, whether in the experimental or the traditional theatre.

THEAT 322 - Theatre Design Workshop
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies; Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Prerequisites: THEAT 123, 220

Advanced design project in scenery, costume, or lighting. Each student submits a plan for his or her own course of study, augmented by museum visits and research checklists, using the various  resources available in London. Ordinarily, the goal of this study is a major design project of portfolio quality.

THEAT 330 - Theatre of Shakespeare
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Critical analysis of selected comedies, tragedies, and histories, including a study of the Globe Theatre and of contemporary production techniques. Plays chosen reflect the announced seasons of local and nearby London theatre production companies.

THEAT 331 - Modern Theatre and Drama
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Examines the ideas and practices of the modern theatre. Beginning in the late nineteenth century with realism and the anti-realistic rebellion, the course follows the major theories, plays and practitioners that shaped our contemporary theatre.

THEAT 332 - British Theatre and Performing Arts
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Study of current trends in European performance based on the experiences of a wide range of plays, concerts, dance and other performance events in London. Classroom discussions, reading and writing assignments bring the viewing activities into academic perspective.

THEAT 341 - Seminar in Directing Problems
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Prerequisites: Successful completion of a Directing class, directing experience, or consent of instructor

Study of specific problems of play direction as seen in the current productions in the London theatres. Analyzes each production to identify directing problems and possible solutions. Class attendance
at the productions and guest lectures by British directors, whenever possible, supplements the study.

THEAT 490 - Cultures in Contact: British Heritage and Its Impact on Modern Man
Fulfills a requirement for the Interdisciplinary Core Concentration in British Studies;
Fulfills a course requirement in the Core Concentration in London Theatre
Accompanied by lectures in English history, art, and mores. The bulk of the course is an on-the street workshop exploring British culture. Includes individual visits to many important museums and  galleries, and tours of London, Greenwich, Windsor, Hampton Court, St. Albans (Verulamium), Shaw’s Corner, Canterbury, and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Required of all participating students.

DANCE 225 - Intermediate Technique: London
Pre-requisites: DANCE 301, 302; or consent of department faculty
Designed for students who must complete additional technical work on the intermediate level. In addition to class performance, students increase knowledge of techniques associated with modern, ballet and dance masters.

DANCE 325 - Advanced Technique: London
Prerequisites: DANCE 320, 321; or consent of department faculty
Offered to students who exhibit special talents in the field of dance. Each will be required to challenge and maximize his or her abilities in technique, improvisation, and repertory. (3 credits - 1 credit applied to upper level technique requirement for Dance majors) Fall, London only.

DANCE 350 - British Dance and Performance Art: London
Co-requisites THEAT490 (Students pursuing a Core Concentration in dance may substitute this course for THEAT 350.)
Offers opportunities to see dance, movement theatre, and performance art in Britain, and to study the cultural influences of Britain on these performing arts. Students attend several performances a week,
participate in group discussions, and complete written reports.

Semester Abroad at Universities Worldwide: RWU Affiliated Programs Abroad

Roger Williams University has developed formal affiliations with a carefully selected group of quality program providers that are recognized nationally for their proven academic integrity, strong focus on experiential learning and excellent reputation for providing quality support services to students abroad. Through these affiliations, students study at prestigious universities around the world. At these sites, students study with faculty and peers not only native to these institutions, but also with other international students representing many countries around the globe. Depending on the program, students may choose to pursue studies in their majors, minors or to complete a Core Concentration in International Studies.

For information about specific course offerings and other program details, students should contact the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs.

Program Prerequisites

In most cases, RWU students can go abroad as early as the beginning of their sophomore year. For RWU affiliated programs, minimum cumulative grade point averages vary from 2.5 to 3.0. Consult with the Spiegel Center for specific program requirements. Other requirements include the following:

  • Declaration of major and Core Concentration
  • Minimum of 30 university credits completed
  • Acceptable judicial record
  • Advisor’s/dean’s approval

Roger Williams University students have a choice between different program models offered through our affiliate partners as well as our direct enroll and exchange relationships. These models include classic lecture-based programs housed in a campus setting at a university overseas, field based programs that allow students to immerse themselves as much as possible into the local culture and discipline-specific programs that allow certain majors to incorporate an international dimension into their studies.

Study Abroad Program Locations

(Program Roster is subject to change)

 

  • Athens, Greece - ISA/American College of Athens
  • Auckland, New Zealand - USAC/Massey University, New Zealand
    Barcelona, Spain - AIFS/Universidad Autonoma Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Barcelona Architecture CenterRWU Architecture in Spain/Barcelona, Spain -
    Berlin, Germany - AIFS/Freie Universitat
    Budapest, Hunary - API/Corvinus University
    Buenos Aires, Argentina - AIFS/University of Belgrano
    Birmingham, England - RWU(SECCM)/Birmingham City University
    Dublin, Ireland - RWU/University College, Dublin
    Galway, Ireland - RWU/National University of Ireland
    Granada, Spain - AIFS/University of Granada
    Hyderabad, India - CIEE/University of Hyderabad
    Limerick, Ireland - RWU/University of Limerick
    Lisbon, Portugal - API/Universidad Nova de Lisboa
    London, England - RWU/University of Westminster
    Maastricht, Netherlands - USAC/Maastricht University
    Melbourne, Australia - RWU/Deakin University
    Nancy, France - RWU(GSB)/ICN
    Paris, France - API/Institut Catholique de Paris
    Prague, Czech Republic - AIFS/Charles University
    Perugia, Italy - RWU/Umbra Institute
    San Jose, Costa Rica - RWU/Universidad Veritas
    Seoul, Korea - ISA/Korea University
    Seville, Spain - ISA/Universidad Pablo de Olavide
    Shanghai, China - API/East China Normal University
    Stirling, Scotland - Arcadia/University of Stirling
    Stoellenbosch, South Africa - AIFS/Stoellenbosch University
    St. Petersburg, Russia - AIFS/St. Petersburg Polytechnic
    Valparaiso, Chile - Arcadia/PUCV
    Wollongong, Australia - RWU/University of Wollongong
    Yokohama, Japan - RWU/Yokohama National University

 

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Each year a number of faculty-led short-term study abroad programs are offered and are announced in the Fall, Spring and Summer Course Schedules. Program models may vary - some of these programs are specifically tied to courses that begin and end on the Bristol campus. Students are encouraged whenever possible to participate in these programs as well as semester abroad programs. These are supplemental, value added Roger Williams University course experiences that offer unique global engagement opportunities.

The fee schedule for these programs will vary and is usually published the semester before the trip is offered. Fees associated with Winter Intersession, Spring and Summer Session trips are the full responsibility of the student however students are eligible to apply for the Bridging the World scholarship.

Students who apply to these faculty-led programs are subject to the same criteria as those of the semester-long programs, that is, the appropriate cumulative grade point average (as determined by the program leader), a good judicial history and the support of the dean and advisor.

Each faculty-led program is subject to its own refund policy. Please see the Spiegel Center Website to view the refund policy for short-term faculty-led programs.

Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.

Winter Intersession and Summer Session Study Abroad opportunities offered to undergraduates in recent years include:

Winter Intersessions and Spring Break:

Alba, Italy
Austria and Germany
Belize
Chile
The Dominican Republic
Germany
Ireland
Jamaica
London and the U.K.
Mexico
Panama
Strasbourg, France

Summer Sessions:
Alba, Italy
Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands through the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences
Brazil
China
Europe
Japan, London and Paris
Perugia, Italy
Rome