Why study on the ICCS program in Rome?
- Highly selective program devoted to Classical Studies, Latin, and Ancient Greek
- Emphasis on Ancient Rome in a required eight-credit course focusing on Roman civilization through archaeology, topography, social and urban history
- Study of Latin or Ancient Greek at the intermediate or advanced level
- Art History: Renaissance and Baroque
- Optional course in elementary Italian language
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell
Intermediate or advanced level Latin or Ancient Greek, Roman History. Coursework in Art History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Religious Studies
The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities; the number of member institutions has now grown to over 100. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art. ICCS has received generous aid from the Danforth Foundation, The Old Dominion Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, as well as the continuing support of a consortium of colleges and universities, and contributions from former students.
A Managing Committee elected by the consortium colleges and universities determines the curriculum and selects the faculty, students, and scholarship recipients. The Managing Committee has arranged for administration of the Intercollegiate Center to be handled by Duke University's Global Education Office for Undergraduates.
The curriculum is structured differently from that in many American colleges and universities. Students are expected to take four courses, which is a minimum and normal load; a few students take five courses. A major part of the academic work is a required comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City. It is a two-credit course which requires as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area's of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. In the recent past, Campania and Sicily have been the focus of extended and focused study. Because The Ancient City course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject.
Students are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS courseload.