Faculty and Courses
Students should choose a minimum of 12 credits from among the following course options. Note that Humanities 105 and Italian language are required courses and a full load consists of 12 to 14 credits.
- HUM 105 Italian Life and Culture (2 credits)
Taught by the AIFS faculty in Florence. The student will gain a broad overview of contemporary Italian society by examining cultural traditions and values. Besides topical lectures by native guest speakers, the course engages students in experiential learning through field trips to such historic and cultural sites as Etruscan Fiesole, the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Museum, and the Medici Pitti Palace.
- Italian 101 (and one higher level course if needed, 4 credits)
Taught by the AIFS faculty in Florence. Designed for the beginner. Emphasizes active communication in Italian. Develops students' basic skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
- Cerbrina Chou, Chemeketa Community College, firstname.lastname@example.org
As a Taiwanese national, Cerbrina is a living example of how study abroad can change one's life! After her first transformational exchange program in the United States, Cerbrina returned to study in Michigan and received her Master's degree in Speech Communication, worked in Washington D.C., and has been teaching at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, since 2008. With her extensive international travel experience, Cerbrina is passionate in promoting intercultural competence by encouraging her students to explore their and others' worldviews, and most importantly, to get out of their comfort zones. In her free time, Cerbrina enjoys cooking, reading, and kickboxing – and she always puts on a big smile when dancing salsa and bachata.
- SP 111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (4 credits)
Introduces how to prepare and deliver public speeches with an emphasis on informative speaking. Develops understanding and practical application of communication skills and includes techniques in controlling speech anxiety, structuring and organizing information to present to a variety of audiences, and physical and vocal delivery skills. Speaking assignments for the Florence locale will be based on international experiences and interactions during excursions as well as the many works of art and culture, and the historical artifacts accessible through the program's museum pass.
- SP 115 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
Explores the impact of culture on communication. Investigates how elements like language, nonverbal communication, values, beliefs, worldview, and identity impact communication between different cultures and co-cultures. The Florence-based course will focus on interactive relationship forms as the basis for global understanding in the classroom, business, and travel with an emphasis on the Italians' social norms, beliefs, and values. Another outcome of this course is to encourage critical thinking regarding both Italy's and the United States' social issues such as power and privilege, discrimination, and immigration patterns. Everyday interactions will challenge the students to compare and contrast their cultural identities and reflect upon their own worldviews.
- SP 237/SP220 Gender and Communication (4 credits/3 credits)
The course will cover every aspect of the role of gender in communication from a global perspective. Since the course includes sex-differentiated language and conversational styles and the impact of the mass media on sex roles, the Florence locale will insure that students apply these in international interactions. The course will connect students' personal experiences while connecting with contemporary social and political frameworks of the host country. Another outcome of the course will examine both Italy's and the United States' gender issues; such as wage gap, reproduction and contraception, and equal opportunity policies in business and government.
- ARH 202 Introduction to Art History: Medieval to Renaissance (4 credits)
This course provides an introduction to Western Art, covering the art and cultures of the Early Middle Ages, Romanesque, Medieval, Gothic, Early and High Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, and Mannerism, though the focus will be on Italian Renaissance art. Instruction focuses primarily on painting, sculpture and graphics and covers selected examples of architecture to introduce key principles and centers for each period. Students will take many field trips to Florence's impressive galleries and museums--including the Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria Palatina, the Bargello, the Santa Maria Novella, the Santa Croce Museum, and the Medici Chapels--that house some of the world's most celebrated works from this significant period in art history. This course is designed for non-majors as well as art majors.
If enrollment approaches 20 students, the following course may be offered by an adjunct instructor contracted by OIEC/AIFS: