Tuscania Program and Curriculum
Academic Programs: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Sessions.
The Lorenzo de' Medici Tuscania Campus offers courses to students from all over the world in Italian language, art, art history, archaeology, history, Italian culture, the culinary arts, and various other fields of study. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. The language of instruction is English, with the exception of the language classes. Classes are small, with strong emphasis placed on student-faculty interaction. Taking advantage of the local environment, many courses focus on the Etruscan civilization.
The Tuscania Campus LdM program is based on a full immersion concept. Because of the town's small size and its geographic location, students live and study in a fully Italian and a more traditional small community-based environment. Integration in the community is fundamental to the program, encouraging students to create relationships in a cultural context.
*THE LDM TUSCANIA CAMPUS BUILDING IS EQUIPPED FOR WIRELESS CONNECTION.
A 2.75 GPA, and official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose are necessary for admission to the program. Students must be at least 18 years old.
Program I: Super-Intensive Italian Language
Students may register for a total of 12-16 credits of Italian language in this program. Each CCIS member school decides on the amount of credits awarded.
Program II: Liberal Arts/Studio Arts
Students choose 4 or 5 courses (12 to 15 credits). An Italian language course is required, which is offered at all levels from beginning through advanced. All courses are 3 credits each.
For a complete list of scheduled courses, please consult the following website:
Subject areas are listed below:
SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The School of Arts and Sciences includes the following subject areas: Art History, Archaeology and Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Communications, History, Music, Cinema and Theatre Studies, Sociology,Writing.
SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS
The School of Creative Arts includes the following subject areas: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media, Photography, Culinary and Nutritional Arts, Dance, Music and Theatre Performance.
SCHOOL OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Subject area: Italian Language and Culture, Italian Language
ProgramIII: Archaeology and Ancient Studies Certificate Program
This semester-long certificate, offered at LdM Tuscania + Florence (Fall semester) and LdM Tuscania (Spring semester), fuses theory and practice, history and anthropology in a cohesive learning experience. Each certificate covers ancient and medieval civilization, and both include an archaeology field school experience in Tuscania -- at a large and relatively recent dig whose Etruscan tombs have revealed a wide variety of objects over 2,300 years in age. This program is offered in collaboration with CAMNES, the Center for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. Upon successful completion of one of the certificate sequences, students will be granted the LdM-CAMNES Archaeology and Ancient Studies Certificate: Hands-on Archaeology (Fall only) or the LdM-CAMNES Archaeology and Ancient Studies Certificate: Ancient Italy (Spring only).
FALL "Hands-On Archaeology" in Tuscania (Pre-session) & Florence - 15 credits
The Fall certificate, "Hands-on Archaeology," includes conservation of excavated artifacts. Students start in mid-August with a Pre-session in Tuscania, where they complete a 2-week intensive Archaeology Field School. They then continue on to Florence for the semester, taking the following courses: Archaeology Workshop, Florentia: the Ancient Roots of Florence, Ancient Tuscany: the Etruscan Civilization, and Italian language.
SPRING "Ancient Italy" in Tuscania - 15 credits
The Spring certificate, "Ancient Italy," focuses on the history and culture of the ancient populations that once ruled Italy. This certificate will be held entirely in Tuscania during the Spring semester, with a Post-session 2-week Archaeology Field School in May.
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