Arcadia in Rome Courses

Most students enroll in 16 credits of coursework. You will enroll in one Cornerstone Course (4-credits), and then choose four courses (3-4 credits each) from an optional Italian language and a varied selection of electives offered in English by the Arcadia Rome Center and our academic partner institution, Università degli Studi Roma Tre.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online preferences form.

Enrollment Process

Online course registration will take place several weeks before your program begins. You will select your courses based on the timetable provided at that time and you should use the Academic Preferences Form you submitted as a guide.

Choosing Your Courses

When completing your Academic Preferences Form:

  • Review all course information for the program carefully.
  • You must enroll in one of the Arcadia Cornerstone Courses for 4 credits.
  • You will enroll in four elective courses for 3-4 credits each.
  • Secure approval for at least six elective courses.


Cornerstone Courses

Please choose one of the following Cornerstone Courses. All Cornerstones contain Italian language instruction and ROMA INPR 310 includes a 12-18 hour per week Internship placement.

Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
ROMA ARUP 333 Waterways and Walls: Urban Planning in Ancient Rome 4 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA RMML 350 Modern Life in the Eternal City 4 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA INPR 310 Work in Thought and Action 4 Spring/Fall PDF


Italian Language
Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
ROMA ITLN Italian Language 3 Spring/Fall *
*Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced levels are taught. Syllabi available upon request.
General Electives
Course ID Title Credits Term Syllabus
ROMA AHMH 320 Museum Practices in Rome: The History of Collecting and Exhibiting Art 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA ARUP 332 Waterways and Walls: Urban Planning in Ancient Rome 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA CMCS 311 Communicating Across Culture in Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA ECMO 380 Political Economy of the EU: Crisis & Change 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA FLME 204* Fluid Mechanics 4 Spring PDF
ROMA FSFI 239 Framing Italy: Film Studies & Filmmaking in Rome 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA IBUS 300 International Business Strategy and Management 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA IBUS 302 International Finance 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA ISSN 289 Sport, Identity and Nationalism 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA PSMO 380 Political Economy of the EU: Crisis & Change 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA RMML 349 Modern Life in the Eternal City 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA SASR 310 Sketching Rome: Introduction to Drawing 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA SOCI 310 The Economics of Organized Crime and Social Innovation 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA SOIT 310 Food Studies: Art, Culture and Society 3 Spring/Fall PDF
ROMA THMO 203* Thermodynamics 4 Spring PDF

*Course not available to students completing an Internship

Political Science Electives Available in English at Università degli Studi Roma Tre
SPS/01 Theory of Human Rights 3 Spring Programma
L-LIN/12 Post-Colonial Studies in the English Speaking World 3 Spring PDF
SPS/02 Gender and Political Theories 3 Fall Programma
SPS/05 The United States and the World in the 20th and 21st Centuries 3 Fall Programma

*Note: To access the course syllabus in English, you will need to select the ‘Programma’ link in the row labeled ‘Docente’ (Professor).


Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Percentage U.S. Equivalent
97 – 100% A+
93 – 96% A
90 – 92% A-
87 – 89% B+
83 – 86% B
80 – 82% B-
77 – 79% C+
73 – 76% C
70 – 72% C-
67 – 69% D+
65 – 66% D
0 – 64% F
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