Semester Programs

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Aquinas College is proud to partner with Thomas More College on the Rome Semester Program, located walking distance from the Vatican at the Della Mure Aurelie Villa in Rome. Students participate during the fall semester and earn at least 13 credit hours in curriculum focused on humanities, art, architecture, literature and theology. Additional workshops in Italian and Latin language are also available. Students have the opportunity to complete an internship with various Vatican media centers as well. View the full details here.

Course offerings for the Rome Program include:

  • Poetics (3 credits) This class is an intensive examination of the traditional role poetry has played in deepening our understanding of the nature of language. In conjunction with the writing tutorials, this course develops the student's basic knowledge of figures in language, as well as the means to communicate the tone and dramatic situation of a poem. The whole course explores the way poetry can help us to become attuned to the goodness of reality.
  • Humanities IV: Approaches to the Eternal City (4 credits) This class allows participants to study authors and works from a variety of periods that deepen their experience of Roman, Italian and European culture.
  • Art & Architecture in Rome (3 credits) An introduction to the patrimony of ancient and Christian art and architecture, with extensive site visits in Rome, Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. The "texts" will principally be the buildings, sculptures and paintings themselves, but students will also be asked to reflect upon the nature and purpose of the arts through reading selections from Vitruvius, St. John of Damascus, Abbot Suger, Alberti, Josef Pieper, and John Paul II.
  • Mysterium Salutis: The Teaching of Saint Paul (3 credits) A careful journey through the writings of St. Paul with the goal of attaining a clear understanding of the mystery of salvation. In addition to the Pauline corpus, students will give serious consideration of the commentaries of the Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • Language workshops for Italian and Latin are available as well. Students will also have the option of completing an internship at a variety of Vatican media centers. Students can receive certification of the internship through the Aquinas College Career Development Center if they complete the appropriate required procedures. Credit will not be issued for internships completed as part of the Italy program.


The Art & Architecture of Rome course involves tours of the city twice a week. On most Saturdays, there are optional excursions to sites near Rome. Tours have included Florence, Assisi, Monte Cassino, Pompeii, Tivoli, Subiaco, Cerveteri, and Ostia.

In the Fall semester, students are often able to attend canonizations and Advent celebrations at St. Peter’s Basilica, and venerate the relics of the crib of Our Lord in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Housing & Board
Students reside in triple-occupancy rooms in the Della Mure Aurelie Villa. Full board is included with the program fee.