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Christendom College recently enhanced the academic curriculum for its Junior Semester in Rome Program, one of the most highly acclaimed aspects of Christendom’s liberal arts education. First experienced by juniors at the college this past fall, the enriched curriculum will further augment every student’s time in Rome, taking them deeper into the language, culture, and history of the city as they study in the Heart of the Church.

Christendom inaugurated the Junior Semester in Rome Program in 2002, for the purpose of enhancing the college’s academic program with the cultural and intellectual enrichment which living and studying in Rome offers students. With this aim in mind, the college decided to improve the curriculum in 2015 with a new course, ROMA 300: Language, Culture, and History of Rome.

ROMA 300 gives students an introduction to the language, culture, and history of Rome, while also introducing them to modern Italian as a written and spoken language. Students learn both in the classroom and during on-site lectures, where they will hear and read masterworks of Classical, Early Christian, and Renaissance period literary history in the very surroundings from which they arose.

Along with this exciting new addition, the college now offers PHIL 301: History of Medieval Philosophy as part of the Rome program as well, giving students the opportunity to study the required course before returning to Christendom’s Front Royal, Va. campus.

Both of these courses add to the existing curriculum of Moral Theology (or Apologetics, depending on the fall or spring semester) and Art and Architecture of Rome and Florence, currently taught by world-renowned art historian Elizabeth Lev. Each of the four classes combine together to give students a spiritual, cultural, and educational culmination to the core curriculum, which also preparing them for their final semesters of study at Christendom.

In addition to these classes, which take full advantage of the artistic, historical, cultural, and spiritual riches of the Eternal City, the program will continue to take students on trips to Siena, Assisi, and Florence, the latter of which holds artistic wonders such as Michelangelo’s David.

For most students, the Junior Semester in Rome Program is life changing, and is often referred to as the highlight of their entire Christendom experience by the time they graduate.

Junior Cameron DelaFleur, who attended the newly enriched program this past fall, believes the program gave him an intellectual and spiritual growth that he might not have attained otherwise.

“I am continually amazed by how the semester gave me, and everyone else, a wider perspective of the world, gained from learning about the foundations of our faith in Rome and from visiting widely different cultures such as that in Istanbul. I believe I can speak for all of my fellow students when I say that this semester truly changed me and that I have grown as a person because of it,”
says DelaFleur.

For more information on Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome Program, please visit christendom.edu.

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