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Academic Credit and Official Transcripts for the Semester Program

Students who successfully complete the Rome with Purpose semester program will receive academic credit issued by College of the Ozarks which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Course Details


Courses Offered

Cultural Understanding 4 credits except LU students who earn 3 credits
As authors David C. Thomas and Kerr Inkson state in their book Cultural Intelligence, Living and Working Globally, “The twenty-first century world is increasingly global, and the ability to deal effectively with others who are culturally different has become a daily necessity. This globalization is being fueled by dramatic economic shifts in many countries and by advances in communications technology. We may not travel the globe but the world has come to us. Daily we have to deal with international issues and with people from other countries and cultures” (p.174). Cultural intelligence is a multifaceted competency consisting of cultural knowledge, the practice of mindfulness, and developing a repertoire of cross-cultural skills.This course will maximize the experience of living in Europe by developing the student’s cultural intelligence to enable them to function effectively with other cultures. Students will be introduced to survival Italian language learning to help in their daily lives in Rome. Students will also have an  introduction to the cultural history of Rome by exploring the daily life of ancient Romans in relation to their language, culture, and religion. Students will be introduced to the historical and cultural context of the Roman world as it affected future developments in Western society. As they live in Rome, students will combine classroom sessions with field trips to the modern city of Rome as well as the ancient sites of Rome and Pompeii. This course will look at culture through a biblical lens with the goal of enabling the student to understand culture from a biblical perspective, as well as become cultural change. Please note: This course is required of all students attending the Rome with Purpose semester.

The Apostle Paul: His Life and Theology 3 credits
This course will offer a survey of the life and theology of the Apostle Paul as described by the book of Acts, and the 13 bible books attributed to him. Besides the trinity, no other person in history as made such a large contribution to the growth of the church, the structure of the church, and the development and the systematic presentation of God’s redemptive and life changing plan made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ and the giving of the Holy Spirit. This course will explore the person and character of Paul and the Christian experience that changed not only his life, the lives of millions who have walked with Jesus after him. Our understanding of Paul and his mission will be enriched by exploring the social, political, religious, economic, and geographical background of Paul’s life and writings. Paul will become our model to follow in service, growth, suffering, rejoicing, persevering, and knowing the all sufficient grace of God in our lives to accomplish the purposes to which God has called us. Field trips to classic Pauline sites in and around Rome, as well as to Athens and Corinth, are an integral feature of this course. The same single trip to Greece will be offered for both The Apostle Paul: His Life and Theology and for The History of Western Thought course in the event both courses are offered during the semester.

History of Christianity 3 credits
History of the Christianity is a survey of the development of the Christian Church from the close of the New Testament period to the present time, with special attention to the role of Rome in the development of Christian thought. The course will provide an examination of the church as an institution and as a people. Thus, while context, dates and names establish the background for historical understanding of the institution of the church, ideas will also be discussed from an explicitly evangelical perspective. Students will therefore gain a historical basis for understanding current ideas and trends in the church and in ministry.

Exploring the Art of Italy 3 credits
Learn the value of art through experience! Engage with the ancient ruins of Rome, sacred spaces of worship, the cityscape of Florence, and some of the greatest sculptures and paintings of Western civilization. This course provides an interactive approach to understanding and appreciating art. Choose from three tracks: Drawing and Sketching, Watercolor Painting, or general Art Appreciation. Each track involves subject and style studies, specific art and architectural assignments, exercises in creative and expressive thinking, exploration of the elements and principles of design, and skill development in a biblical worldview of art analysis and critique. Learn on location with daily site-specific encounters using exercises and projects of Ancient Art through Baroque art. Please note: This course is taught in an intensive two-week modular format during the semester. It is currently offered concurrently with International Business, so the student must choose between Exploring the Art of Italy or International Business.

International Business 3 credits
This introduction to international business course covers topics such as globalization, trade, the impact of politics and culture on international business, the international monetary system, entry strategies, marketing, supply chains, and the importance of understanding religious and ethical issues when conducting international business. As a 300-level business course, students are expected to have completed a full year of core business classes, which typically includes principles of economics, accounting, or finance, and one course in management and marketing. These are the foundational courses which the student will find helpful in fulfilling the expectations of this course. Some exceptions may be made in consultation with the student’s advisor. Please note: This course is taught in an intensive two-week modular format during the semester. It is currently offered concurrently with Exploring the Art of Italy, so the student must choose between Exploring the Art of Italy or International Business.

The History of Western Thought 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the history of Western ideas in the ages of Classicism, early Christianity, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Its design provides students with a more enhanced sense of how historical human thought and events shaped modern Western world-views and how a Christian worldview appropriates these ideas. These eras are further examined in light of their aesthetics that reflect the thoughts and feelings of the movements, primarily through philosophy, theology, and literature, while secondarily throughout art, architecture, music, and science. Field trips to classic sites in and around Rome, as well as to Athens and Corinth, are an integral feature. Please note: This course is taught in an intensive two-week modular format, usually at the beginning of the semester.

Ethics 3 credits
Ethics is a branch of learning at the intersection between philosophy, theology, sociology, psychology, history, technology, etc. attempting at answering the questions related to the morality of human reasoning and actions, e.g. what is right and wrong in given situations according to the different subjects involved. The course will expound a “perspectival” approach to ethics by way of tackling it in terms of three inter-related perspectives: Normative, Situational, and Existential.
Under this rubric, students will be introduced to ethical systems (both ancient, modern, and contemporary ones) which give priority to one or the other, often at the expense of other perspectives and therefore leading to unbalanced ethical systems. Christian ethics will be presented as integrating the normative, the situational and the existential perspectives into a coherent whole, being better equipped than other systems to live the complexity of moral discourse. The application of God’s Word to the whole of life (ethics included) demands careful analysis of the contexts and the subjects. Being taught in Rome, special attention will be given to the European context of the present-day ethical debates. Students will have the opportunity not only to detect strengths and pitfalls of non-Christian ethical systems but also to appreciate the richness and viability of the Christian moral framework. The last part of the course will be dedicated to two-three explorations in applied ethics, such as bioethical issues.

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  • Italian Cooking Lessons – Who doesn’t love Italian food? And while you’re living in community at Rome with Purpose, you’ll have the opportunity to have cooking lessons with Debbie Peck, Rome with Purpose’s Manager and resident “chef”. Debbie has published two cookbooks and will show you how easy it is to roast peppers, make gnocchi, fresh pasta, and homemade biscotti.
  • Photography – With its world-famous monuments and quaint alleys and caffes, Rome boasts some of the most scenic places for photos. But why do so many tourists go back with bad photos? Larry Peck, Rome with Purpose’s Director, will teach you important basics so you can capture great photos!
  • Teaching English to Italians and refugees – several evangelical churches in Rome cooperate in helping refugees learn to speak English or Italian. We are also exploring possibilities of tutoring elementary Italian students in English at a nearby school.
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