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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 15 semester hours of academic credit issued by Geneva College which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The cost for this service is $125.

Course Details


Courses Offered in the Spring 2020 Semester

  • The History of Western Thought
     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 worldviews 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. 
  • Exploring the Art of Italy
    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.
  • History of Christianity
    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.
  • International Business
    This course is designed to study the major topics normally offered in a course in international business.  It examines the essentials of international business with emphasis on theories, practices, opportunities, challenges and issues of particular importance to doing business in the global economy as well as specific institutions that are internationally active / influential.  The course recognizes the complexity of cross-cultural understanding / venturing and seeks to deepen the understanding of faith in the global business environment.
  • Cultural Understanding
    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.
  • Ethics
    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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Spring 2021

  • Students leave the USA on Friday, January 22, and arrive in Rome on Saturday, January 23.
  • Students return to the USA on Thursday, April 22.
  • Travel week dates: February 20-28 and March 27-April 4

Fall 2021

  • Students leave the USA on Friday, September 10, and arrive in Rome on Saturday, September 10.
  • Students return to the USA on Thursday, December 9.
  • Travel week dates: October 9-17 and November 13-21.


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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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