Spoleto Program provides six hours of
instruction in upper- and lower-division
English courses, as well as language
training taught by native speakers at our
sister school ArteLingua in Spoleto.
Five weeks of exposure to another culture
and another language often changes students'
lives, promoting personal growth and
maturity. Students who accompanied Dr.
Davidson on the study abroad trip to
Montepulciano in 2006, for example, went on
to participate in a year-long ISEP program
in the Czech Republic, receive a Fulbright
scholarship to teach American literature in
Slovakia, and complete a graduate program in
social work at the University of Georgia.
This program, then, could be merely the
beginning of a long engagement with travel
and cultural contact, which you will
continue to nurture throughout your
undergraduate career and beyond.
Description of the Academic Component
Students will generally take six hours
of coursework. Each three-credit course will
have 45 contact hours. Courses will vary
depending on the level of students enrolled.
Among the possible course offerings are the
2100: Reading Italian Culture as Text
ENGL 2060: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 2110: World Literature Survey
ENGL 4/5106: Studies in Genre (Fiction)
4/5106: Studies in Genre (Poetry)
ENGL 4/5109: Italian Cinema
ENGL 4/5210 Travel Writing: American
Experience in Italy
4/5385: Representations of Italy in
Literature and Film
4/5385: Twentieth-Century Italian
Each class will be held twice
weekly, on Mondays and Wednesdays, for 2.5
hours. Additionally, we will take two field
trips each week—one on Tuesday, the other on
Thursday—to destinations germane to the
class and built into the overall cost of the
program. Typically, Tuesday field trips will
focus on sites in and around Spoleto itself,
while Thursdays will take us to points
somewhat farther afield (Rome, Assisi,
Gubbio, etc.). All costs associated with
class-based field trips are covered by the
program (excluding food and beverages).
All books and materials for class must
be purchased before our departure date, and
each student is responsible for the
completion of all coursework and field