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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer Term 1
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Accommodation: Student Residence GPA Requirement: None
Language of Instruction: English On-Site Staff: BC Faculty Leader
BC Program Type: BC Summer Program BC Department: Theology
Summer Course Credit Fulfillment: Theology Core, Theology major/minor elective Number of Credits: 3
Course Number: THEO 1223 Program Manager: Shannon Williams
Program Description:
The Program

This course explores the remarkable intersection of Catholicism (in its institutional, theological, political, and social dimensions) and culture (expressed in art, architecture, and artifacts), as manifest in the city of Rome (as well as Assisi and Florence) from antiquity to the present.

Program Dates

Arrival in Rome: Sunday, May 27, 2018

Departure from Rome: Friday, June 22, 2018

Faculty Leaders

Boyd Coolman
Rick Gaillardetz


As an an introduction to the intersection of politics, church history, theology, art, and culture in the history of Catholic Christianity in Rome, the course will explore the intricate interweaving of theology, politics, and the Catholic Church throughout its first sixteen centuries, with special attention to central theological achievements (e.g., Trinity and Christology), institutional developments (papacy), and political conflicts (e.g. imperial and national governments) of these centuries, and also to major figures (e.g., St. Francis, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Ignatius Loyola, and Martin Luther), as manifest in the architecture, art, and artifacts of Rome, Assisi, and Florence.

Draft Syllabus: 
Saints and Sinners_Coolman.docx


Students will be billed for summer programs via their Agora account in early May, and payment is due prior to departure. Any questions related to billing should be directed to Student Services. 

Four separate costs are billed to Agora: 
  • Tuition (3-credit tuition was $2,508)
  • GeoBlue international health insurance ($50)
  • Program fee ($3,500)
  • Enrollment fee ($45)
Students are responsible for coordinating and paying for their own travel to the program location and budgeting for meals and personal expenses not covered by the program fee. Details on housing and meals is included below.

Please consult our Summer Finances & Scholarships page for additional information on program costs and funding opportunities. 

Housing & Meals

Students will be housed in dormitory-style residence halls at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. Breakfast each day and a few group meals will be included in the cost of the program, however students should budget for the remainder of their food costs.

Cultural Activities

The following site visits will be included as part of the program:
  • The Jesuit Churches in Rome
  • Papal audience
  • Scavi Vatican Necropolis,
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Roman Forum
  • The Colosseum
  • Catacomb of Priscilla
  • Sta. Maria Maggiore
  • The Pantheon
  • Caravaggio in the Churches of Rome
Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Rome, as well as making their way from the airport to the orientation location.

Application Process

Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process please visit the Summer Applications & Admissions page


Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.

The Office of International Programs reserves the right to update, change, or cancel any BC Summer program without notice due to unexpected events abroad, curriculum, or enrollment issues.


This program is currently not accepting applications.