Imagining Rome is a six- or seven-credit, two-course program.* Students choose one of the following options:
- one three-credit (introductory) course plus one three-credit independent study course, or
- one four-credit (intermediate or advanced) course plus one two-credit independent study course, or
- one four-credit course and one three-credit course, for a total of seven credits. (There is an extra charge for the additional credit.)
*Graduate students may take fewer than 6 credits of Independent or Directed Study. Contact the relevant professor for permission.
The art courses offered in 2017 are:
- ART 1505 Drawing Rome, three credits (S. Taft)
- ART 3092 Independent Studio Art, variable credits (S. Taft)
- ART 3999 Special Topics in Art, variable credits (S. Taft)
The creative writing courses offered in 2017 are:
- ENGL 2810 Introduction to Creative Writing, three credits (S. Vaughn)
- ENGL 3820 Intermediate Narrative Writing, four credits (M. Koch)
- ENGL 3850 Intermediate Verse Writing, four credits (S. Vaughn)
- ENGL 4810 Advanced Verse Writing, four credits (S. Vaughn)
- ENGL 4811 Advanced Narrative Writing, four credits (M. Koch)
- ENGL 4950 Independent Study*, section 601, variable credits (M. Koch)
- ENGL 4950 Independent Study*, section 602, variable credits (S. Vaughn)
- ENGL 7940 Directed Study, 4 credits, graduate students only (S. Vaughn)
- ENGL 7950 Group Study, 4 credits, graduate students only (S. Vaughn)
*Undergraduates enrolled in the introductory writing course (ENGL 2810 Introduction to Creative Writing) should take ENGL 4950 as a three-credit course. Students enrolled in an intermediate or advanced four-credit course should take ENGL 4950 as a two-credit course. The total number of credits for the two courses should be six (except for those with special permission to enroll for seven credits).
Courses are conducted at the Cornell teaching facility in Rome, Palazzo Santacroce, a seventeenth-century building in the center of Rome and within easy walking distance of many of the major sights of Rome, including the Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Jewish Quarter, and the Tiber (Tevere) River.
Many reading and writing assignments as well as the studio art assignments are designed to allow students to explore and study the city of Rome and the artists who have lived and worked in Rome, including Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Rafael, Ovid, Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Keats, G. G. Belli, Vittoria Colonna, Mark Twain, Robert Browning, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Eleanor Clark, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, and are taught in English.