UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Not Offered in 2018

Honors—The Birth of Modern Europe in Florence

Florence, Italy

Arrive Date: June 25, 2016    End Date: July 23, 2016

Program Overview

The explosion in economics, arts, science, poetry, and politics that occurred in Florence during the Italian Renaissance was unprecedented in the history of Europe. This program will focus on major Renaissance and Florentine figures who emerged from the economic growth and political turmoil that accompanied this cultural transformation. We will examine four major Florentine writers: Dante, poet; Machiavelli, a political theorist; Michelangelo, artist and poet; and Galileo, astronomer. We will make full use of Florence’s art, architecture, and museums and will also explore some other cities around Florence.

Note: Enrollment is now open to students who meet the Summer Abroad eligibility requirements (Honors and non-Honors UC Davis students as well as students from other campuses) on a space-available basis.

Instructor:  Brenda Deen Schildgen

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  26

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Moylan

Info Session Presentation

Comparative Literature (COM) 2Honors in Comparative Literature (4 units)

Comparative Literature (COM) 180SSelected Topics in Comparative Literature (4 units) or Comparative Literature (COM) 198Directed Group Study

Program Highlights
  • Meet like-minded students, expand your horizons and be inspired by the wonders of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • Italy, and Tuscany in particular, is one of the most scenically beautiful places in the world, both in terms of natural beauty and the artistic patrimony. Experience its treasure chest of art, history, culinary delights and natural wonders (mountains, seas, and sunny beaches).
  • Florence is on the main railroad line, within easy reach of the sea, the mountains, and all the major cities of Italy and Europe.
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