Study Communication in Rome 2018

Communication and Culture in Rome is a 15-credit program offered through the Department of Communication. Twelve credits are in Communication, and three credits are in Italian.

Faculty: Students will take an intensive fieldwork course co-taught by Communication faculty Valerie Manusov and Andrea Otanez, each of whom brings a unique perspective on observing people and material culture in diverse spaces and analyzing and sharing those to diverse audiences.

Course description: Using observational and journalistic methods, students will explore Rome and its surroundings, focusing specifically on the interplay between public space, culture, history, communication, and contemporary life. Students will spend half of the class time learning foundational theoretical and methodological tools; the other half will be spent carefully observing life in and around Rome. In addition to work completed during class, students will write various academically based reports and produce multimedia stories or other journalistic essays based on extensive observations and sensory reporting of assigned field sites in and around Rome, as well as communities in other parts of Italy.

Estimated Program Dates: January 3 – March 19, 2018

Estimated Program Fee: $7,500

Program Directors: Valerie Manusov (; Andrea Otanez (

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017

Information Session: March 2 at 11:30 a.m. in CMU 242