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Power, propaganda, intrigue, and some of western civilization’s most famous and enduring monuments: this is the Rome of the Caesars’s and the Rome of the Popes. This 3-week study abroad course, taught entirely in the Eternal City (and enriched by an excursion to the Bay of Naples and Pompeii—as well as a trip into white wine country) investigates the relationship between art and the aesthetic, political, social, and religious forces that shaped it during the reigns of the ancient Caesars and the Popes of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Having much more in common than one might think, these different but related systems of imperial-style rule dominated Rome (literally and symbolically) and, from Rome, influenced large parts of the world.

Rome of the Caesars, Rome of the Popes (1 unit)

Dates: May 13-June 2, 2016

Program Directors: Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor and Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Professor –  Department of Art and Art History

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students). 

Liberal Learning Attributes: Global, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts

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Students will visit, and have special access to, major monuments of architecture, painting, and sculpture on site in the city and in its collections. Themes will include the impact of religious beliefs and practices on art and architecture, patronage, the training and life of artists, constructions of gender and sexuality, and the analysis and interpretation of works of art by examining style, purpose, meaning, and context.

Enjoy the opportunity to live like a Roman for three weeks in an apartment with TCNJ classmates in a beautiful and trendy Trastevere neighborhood. Shop for groceries, walk to your favorite haunts, and get to know the transportation system like the back of your hand. Eat like a Roman: pasta, pizza, and of course, gelato! As in a longer study-abroad experience, you will be able to visit . . . and re-visit the sites of Rome you will come to know and love.

Course requirements: Site Report on a work of art or monument; Daily Course Commentary on one artist, work of art, or monument viewed during a day’s visit to a site or museum; Journal (paper, electronic, blog post) of experiences in Rome (to be shown to the instructors to verify completion but not graded); Research Paper to be completed after return to U.S.

Course designation and number: HON 353. (Students do not need to be members of the Honors program to participate.) This course also counts for two liberal learning attributes: Global and Literary, Visual and Performing Arts.

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Program Cost in Summer 2016:

  • $5,264.08

Program Cost Includes:

  • Application Fee
  • Program Deposit Fee
  • Tuition for one TCNJ unit
  • Shared apartment accommodations in Rome
  • Bed and breakfast when staying in hotels during the program’s excursions to south Italy
  • All land transportation and museum entrances
  • Public transportation pass in Rome
  • Several group meals
  • International Student Insurance

Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Airfare (arranged separately)
  • Airport taxes
  • VISA charges (if necessary)
  • Transportation to/from US airport
  • Meals in Rome (students will stay in apartments with kitchens)
  • Books
  • Personal Items
  • Other personal expenses (lunches/dinners on excursions, personal travel, etc.)

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – Credit Cards may be used in person in Green Hall 119)

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $2,900 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2016
  • $1,714.08 (course tuition/fees) due on May 15, 2016

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a payment plan  (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office – please see their instructions for Installment Payment Plans here) for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees
    • $1,538.03 due in March
    • $1,538.03 due in April
    • $1,538.03 due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2016

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions? – Please contact the Center for Global Engagement at