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Florence, Italy

Italian Renaissance

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Winter 2017-2018

I) Summary

Location: Florence, Italy

Dates: January 3 - January 25, 2018

Credits Offered: ITAL 280 - 3 CREDITS (CUNY tuition is not included in program fee)

Application Deadline: October 19, 2017 Deadline extended! We will accept new applications (pending space availability) until November 6, 2017.

Financial Aid: PELL, student loans

Scholarships: Gilman, Chancellor's Global Scholarship

Program Fee: $1,320 (estimate) includes housing with breakfast, cultural events and international health and travel insurance. TUITION and AIRFARE are NOT included in the program fee. All students are responsible for arriving at their study abroad location by the first day of the program; this may mean flying the day before.

Payment Schedule: $350 application fee and deposit is due with the application. $970 (program fee balance; estimate) is due November 28, 2017. Payments must be made with certified check or money order. NO CASH, PERSONAL CHECKS OR CREDIT CARDS.

Students are responsible for meeting the payment deadline regardless of funding source, i.e. Macaulay Opportunities Fund, loans, or any other type of financial aid. Late fees will be applied to all delayed payments (see Education Abroad Application Instructions and Policies).

II) Program Description

This course offers a survey of the literature of the Italian Renaissance and a study of the contribution in the fields of literature, art, politics, and philosophy by such writers, artists and thinkers as Boccaccio, Petrarch, Alberti, Pico, Valla, Leonardo, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Colonna, Stampa, Castiglione, Cellini and Vasari.


1) The Italian Renaissance Reader. Edited by Julia C. Bondanella and Mark Musa. New York: Penguin Meridian, 1987.

2) Course reader prepared by the instructor.

Grading Policy

  • Class participation: 10%
  • Quizzes: 25%
  • Mid-term exam: 25%
  • Final exam: 25%
  • Cultural Journal: 15% (10 pages minimum)


  • Day I - INTRODUCTION. History and historiography of the Italian Renaissance
  • Day II - Petrarch and the birth of Humanism
  • Day III - Boccaccio
  • Day IV - Boccaccio. Early masters in Italian art: Giotto, Simone Martini
  • Day V - Latin and Italian Humanism. Salutati. Alberti. Art from Masaccio to Brunelleschi
  • Day VI - Valla. Pico della Mirandola. Women Humanists and their male colleagues
  • Day VII - Machiavelli
  • Day VIII- Guicciardini. MID-TERM EXAM
  • Day IX - Leonardo: writer, 'proto-scientist' and artist
  • Day X - Bembo and Castiglione: on rules and behavior
  • Day XI - Michelangelo, the artist and his poetry
  • Day XII - Petrarchism and women writers: V. Colonna, V. Franco, G. Stampa, I. Di Morra
  • Day XIII- Benvenuto Cellini. Giorgio Vasari and the canonization of the Renaissance
  • Day XIV - Ariosto and the "Culture of Contradiction"
  • III) Credits & Grades

    Students in this program will receive both credits and letter grades. Grades will count towards their Hunter GPA.

    IV) Estimated Costs of Attendance

    Tuition (3 credits, calculated at the undergraduate, in state rate)
    Program Fee $1,320
    Not included in Program Fee
    Airfare $1,100
    Meals $800
    Books $55
    TOTAL US (estimate)

    V) Further Inquiries

    Academic Inquiries
    Faculty: Prof. Paolo Fasoli
    Dept. of Romance Languages
    Office: W1309
    Phone: (212) 772-5129

    Administrative Inquiries
    Education Abroad Office, Room E1447
    Office Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm Mon-Fri
    Phone: (212) 772-4983
    Fax: (212) 772-5005

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