Architectural Studies in Italy
A design studio class, that challenges the students to deal with issues that are especially relevant in Florence today, is at the core of the curriculum. A series of architecture-related events, featuring some of the most interesting personalities from the various fields of design in Italy and all over Europe, further enriches the students' experience.
A significant component of the students' learning experience takes place outside of the classroom. A series of organized field studies take students outside Florence to experience the art and architecture of other famous cities. Destinations throughout Italy include Rome (from the Roman Fora to Zaha Hadid's MAXXI museum, from Baroque masterpieces by Borromini and Bernini to the MACRO museum, the latest project by French architect Odile Decq), Verona and Venice (from medieval and Palladian architectures to Carlo Scarpa's sensitive designs, Cino Zucchi's interventions on the Giudecca island and Santiago Calatrava's bridge over the Grand Canal), and Milan (from the Sforza Castle to the Galleria and the Scala, from Bramante's Church of San Satiro to the recent new Expo Center by Massimiliano Fuksas).
Students can shape their own curriculum, according to their interests and in consultation with the B.A. (ARCS) Program Coordinator.
The Florence Program is an enhanced academic experience. It includes a core of required courses in the major, with supporting elective offerings. The planned program consists of a full academic load. The coursework and course descriptions are shown below. Minor variations in the program may take place from year to year; all course offerings, credit hours, etc. are subject to change.
ARTH 42095 Italian Art - Giotto to Bernini (1300-1680) - 3 credit hours
CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement – 3 credit hours
HIST 38095 Europe in the Renaissance – 3 credit hours
POL 40995 European Issues – 3 credit hours
BUS 30234 International Business – 3 credit hours
FIN 36053 Financial Management – 3 credit hours
COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication – 3 credit hours
COMM 45091 Comparative Media Systems – 3 credit hours
COMM 45091 Practicum in European Media – 3 credit hours
COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence – 1 credit hour
ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I – 4 credit hours
ITAL 15202 Elementary Italian II – 4 credit hours
ITAL 25201 Intermediate Italian I – 3 credit hours
ITAL 25202 Intermediate Italian II – 3 credit hours
ITAL 35213 Italian Conversation & Composition II – 3 credit hours
To view elective course descriptions: http://www.kent.edu/globaleducation/course-offerings
The Florence Program requires "full-time" status, which means taking 11 credit hours or more. Students at KSU, including guest students, can take up to 18 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. You may request credit overload over 18 credit hours if you meet the following criteria: 19 credits with GPA >2.6 | 20 credits with GPA >3.0 | 21 credits with GPA >3.5