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Academic Program and Tracks

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Temple Rome offers courses in a variety of disciplines. You can choose courses from traditional academic areas or interdisciplinary thematic clusters, as outlined below.

  • Course load: Participants undertake a full-time course load. For Temple students, this means 12-18 credit hours. *Non-Temple students should verify the minimum number of credit hours required by their home institutions. 
  • Italian language: If you have not successfully completed at least one semester of college-level Italian, you are required to take introductory Italian (Italian 1001) at Temple Rome. All other students, while not required, are strongly encouraged to continue Italian language study.
  • Language of instruction: Except for Italian language and literature, and some content courses for more advanced Italian students, all instruction is in English.
  • Credit-bearing internships are also available.
  • GenEd: Temple students who successfully complete (with a C- or better) credit-bearing coursework worth at least three semester hours in an approved summer or semester study abroad program with a minimum stay abroad of 28 days will satisfy the World Society (GG) requirement. Additional GenEd courses are offered at Temple Rome. Please check the course schedule for current listings.
  • Course pre-requisites: Pre-requisites for courses are noted in the course descriptions
  • Accreditation, transcripts and transfer of credits

Course schedules vary; classes may meet anywhere from one to four times per week. Classes at Temple Rome are held Monday through Thursday evening with several classes having mandatory excursions or experiences on select Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays. All dates will be included in the finalized course schedule in Banner. 

If you have any questions about the academic program or would like to request syllabi for courses, please contact us at study.abroad@temple.edu.

Learn more about choosing courses at Temple Rome below.

    Program Tracks

    We encourage students to take courses from a range of academic disciplines at Temple Rome but do have capacity limits within our designated Program Tracks. Applicants must apply to a specific Program Track when completing their application. Program Tracks are based on the courses the student intends to take at Temple Rome, as described below. Applicants should contact Education Abroad if they have any questions about which track is appropriate for them.

    • ARCHITECTURE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Students who plan to enroll in the six-credit architecture design studio course. Portfolio required as part of application.
    • BUSINESS / SPORT, TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT: Students who plan to enroll in at least one business, sport or tourism course in any of the following disciplines: international business, business administration, finance, human resource management, management science/operations management, management information systems, marketing, sport and recreation management, statistics, or tourism and hospitality management. Students who wish to enroll in an economics course but no other business, sport or tourism courses will not choose this track.
    • BIOLOGY: Students who plan to enroll in at least one biology course.
    • ENGINEERING: Students who plan to enroll in at least one engineering course.
    • VISUAL ARTS: Students who plan to enroll in at least one studio art course for their major or who wish to enroll in at least one studio art course with a pre-requisite(s). Students who wish to take studio art courses without pre-requisites as electives should not apply to the visual arts track.
    • HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND COMMUNICATION: Students who are not applying to any of the previous tracks should choose this track. Students will choose from a broad range of undergraduate humanities, social sciences and media/communication courses. Disciplines include advertising; anthropology; art history; Greek; Greek and Roman classics; communication and social influence; criminal justice; economics; English; environmental studies; journalism; Latin; gender, sexuality and women’s studies; geography and urban studies; history; intellectual heritage; Italian language and literature; media studies and production; political science; psychology; public relations; religion; and sociology.

    Traditional Academic Areas

    Courses at Temple Rome are broadly categorized into seven academic areas: Architecture and Urban Studies; Business; Humanities/Social Sciences, including Italian Language and Culture; Media and Communication; Sport, Tourism and Hospitality; STEM: Biology or Engineering; and Visual Arts. You may choose any course for which you have the pre-requisites.

    An Interdisciplinary Approach

    You have the opportunity to construct a truly interdisciplinary term at Temple Rome by choosing your courses from thematic clusters. These clusters include Immigration, Statehood and Globality; Gender and Identity; Mediterranean Studies; Memory and the Foundations of Modernity; and Sustainability and Consumer Culture. Most of the following courses listed fit into one or more of these thematic clusters (to view courses listed by thematic cluster, visit our courses page and use the course theme/academic area filter). 

    Italian Language

    We strongly encourage all students to study Italian language in Rome. We offer courses for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced.

    Required for fall and spring semester students if you have not completed at least one semester of college-level Italian prior to arriving in Rome. You will take introductory Italian (Italian 1001; or the combined 1001 and 1002) at Temple Rome.

    Strongly encouraged for all other students. Italian language (at various levels) and literature courses are available. Regardless of your language level upon entering the program, the study of Italian language during your time in Rome will enhance your understanding of the culture and increase your ability to make personal and intellectual connections while abroad.

    Except for Italian language and literature, all instruction is in English.

    Beyond Italian language, you can choose your courses at Temple Rome by taking advantage of our interdisciplinary, theme-based approach or opt for more traditional academic program areas.

    Course offerings

    Temple Rome offers undergraduate courses in a variety of subjects:

    • anthropology
    • architecture
    • art history 
    • biology
    • business administration
    • criminal justice
    • drawing
    • earth and environmental science
    • economics
    • engineering
    • English
    • environmental studies
    • finance
    • gender, sexuality and women's studies
    • geography and urban studies
    • graphic arts and design
    • Greek and Roman classics
    • Greek language, Ancient 
    • history
    • human resources management
    • intellectual heritage
    • international business
    • Italian language and literature
    • journalism
    • landscape architecture
    • Latin
    • management information systems
    • management science/operations management
    • marketing
    • mathematics
    • media studies & production
    • painting
    • photography
    • political science
    • printmaking
    • psychology
    • public relations
    • religion
    • sculpture (figure modeling)
    • sociology
    • sport, tourism and hospitality management
    • visual studies