The American University of Rome

Introduction

The American University of Rome (AUR) is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy. Students obtain an accredited United States of America bachelor degree upon completion of the academic program (typically four years in duration.) The US bachelor’s degree is universally recognized as a standard of success of higher education.


AUR uses Romeas its classroom and Italy and Europe as invaluable resources. The American University of Rome prepares students to live and work across cultures through its practical interdisciplinary academic majors, opportunities for learning through travel and internships, and its multi-cultural faculty and staff. Students choose from eight bachelor-degree programs:

Instruction is in English. Students whose English language skills need development may apply for the Intensive Academic English Language Course in order to benefit from a full academic curriculum at The American University of Rome. Through this program students will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English while attending selected credit-based General Education courses at AUR.

Admission is competitive. AUR attracts students from over 40 countries and offers its students study abroad destinations such as: China, Ecuador, England, Greece, Spain and the finest universities in the United States. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students are selected without regard to age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap.

Advanced standing may be granted for academic credits earned at institutions outside the university system of the United States. Candidates in possession of credentials such as the Italian Maturità, the International Baccalaureate, the British GCSE A levels and other equivalent programs will be evaluated and advanced credits granted on the basis of evaluation.

In most instances, the first year of college (equivalent to 30 semester credits) may be granted. If the AUR admissions office determines that a student is otherwise fully academically qualified but that the English language skills may impede on the start of a successful academic experience, a personalized academic semester or year at AUR may be required.

The American University of Rome is committed to assisting students’ financial needs by offering various academic scholarships and student work assistantship positions to qualified students.

After degree completionmost AUR graduates either go on to further their education orchoose to immediatelyenter the workplace. Of those students choosing to enter the work place after graduation, 86%located employment in less than a year (as of September 2010 data as formally and publically reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

AUR is accredited and/or recognized by: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (USA), United States Department of Education, Department of Education of the State of Delaware, Rome Tribunal and Italian Ministry of Education.

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MA in Arts Management

Campus Full time 15 months September 2016 Italy Rome

As public sector funding for the arts has become restricted, there is an increasing need for well qualified arts administrators, who are able to work at the interface between artistic creativity and sound business practice. The growth of the arts and the creative industries has created a need for well qualified arts administrators. This MA has the potential to shape a new breed of professionals in the arts management field by offering Liberal Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Film, Media and Communication graduates the opportunity to acquire the appropriate management and business skills, thus enabling them to capitalize upon their previous grounding within the arts. [+]

As public sector funding for the arts has become restricted, there is an increasing need for well qualified arts administrators, who are able to work at the interface between artistic creativity and sound business practice. The growth of the arts and the creative industries has created a need for well qualified arts administrators. This MA has the potential to shape a new breed of professionals in the arts management field by offering Liberal Arts, Humanities, Fine Arts, Film, Media and Communication graduates the opportunity to acquire the appropriate management and business skills, thus enabling them to capitalize upon their previous grounding within the arts. Thanks to AUR’s connections and collaborations with numerous artistic and cultural institutions both in Rome and in Italy, this MA also offers the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience. Rome and Italy are especially attractive for the study of arts, in general, and arts management in particular, given enormous recourses that are available to scholars, art world professionals and students. Italy has a long and rich tradition of collecting, sponsoring and exhibiting visual arts. A special advantage available to students of Arts Management in Italy is a possibility to study some of the world’s oldest private collections and a specific system of patronage in the arts. Students will have an opportunity to conduct their research and internship in Roman and Italian arts institutions, some of which exist for centuries and manage the world’s most prestigious collections. This creates a unique academic experience and study environment, in which students can grow both professionally and intellectually. Potential career paths With this MA, students will be able to either seek employment with art-related organizations or management, or to pursue research at the Ph.D. level. Duration: 15 months Start date: Fall 2015 Credits: 36 Courses and thesis Six core courses: 21 credits total Three electives: 9 credits total Internship and Thesis: 6 credits total Prerequisite and Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Liberal Arts, Film, Communication, Media Studies or Fine Arts. Costs for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens: 17.550,00 US Dollar Costs for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than United States or Canada: 13.000 Euro The complexity of today’s globalizing art world requires a diverse set of knowledge and skills. The range of potential responsibilities of arts administrators requires a graduate program which will give future art managers in depth knowledge about the structure of the contemporary art world, the nature of artistic and cultural values in general in connection to their market value, a solid knowledge of the business and market principles, in their application to the sphere of artistic and cultural production, as well as high level skills that will make future professionals in the arts management desirable candidates for a variety of posts in particular institutions of the art world, such as museums, galleries, art fairs and media reporting on art and analyzing the current artistic scene. The AUR’s MA in Arts Management enables students to acquire basic skills in the fundamental areas of art management and art administration, giving them an opportunity, through the selection of elective courses and internship experience to specialize in a particular area of their interest. Learning Outcomes With the MA program in Arts Management, AUR’s mission is to educate future professionals with an advanced knowledge of the contemporary art world and art administration/art management, who would be able to apply their knowledge in the global society. Upon completing the program students will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in all areas identified as the needed in the contemporary art world and art market. Students will be able to demonstrate: Advanced skills in the sphere of institutional management, which includes: in-depth knowledge of the way in which the key institutions of the contemporary art world (such as museums, galleries, art fairs, auction houses, art dealers and private collectors, and art media) function, the ability to design and carry out institutional strategic plans, and the ability to organize teamwork and recognize individual potentials of team members Advanced skills in the sphere of art project management, in particular: capacity to design and carry out demanding projects, such as international exhibitions, art fairs, logistics in realization of major art projects, artistic projects of the alternative artistic production and emerging artistic scenes, fundraising abilities (the ability to locate potential donors, such as art foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations that sponsor art projects, and individual contributors), knowledge of basics of the financial management, which enables future professionals to design budgets and work with multiple financial sources Advanced knowledge of art market principles, including: market, social, political and cultural factors that structure the art market, specific features of the art market and institutions of art in Europe, USA, and emerging art markets across the globe, structure of the market price of artworks and factors that influence the price of artworks Advanced knowledge of relevant art theories, that explain and contextualize the complex artistic production and functioning of the contemporary art world, with the focus on: the value of art and how the cultural and aesthetic values are related to the market value, the broader social status of creativity and creative inquiry and the ways in which creative works are valorized, understanding the dynamics of the globalizing art market and the complexity of theoretical issues that the globalizing art world and art market pose, that involve ideological, economic and political issues, in addition to aesthetic ones Advanced knowledge of the social and cultural role of particular institutions of the art, such as museums, galleries, art fairs, public art projects and art publications Advanced knowledge of curatorial practices and exhibition design principles Students will also be able to clearly demonstrate that they have acquired the following abilities and skills: research skills, necessary to study at the graduate level and to write research papers, the ability to plan and execute an extensive research project, high level analytical skills, and the ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in speech or in writing, in an accurate, focused and lucid manner. A vital aspect of the learning process will also be the exposure of students to the cultural diversity of Rome and of Italy, and to make the most of the opportunities for on-site teaching visits. [-]

MA in Food Studies

Campus Full time 15 months September 2016 Italy Rome

The M.A. in Food Studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, more generally on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It will focus on the international dimensions but also on how the associated policy and regulatory frameworks are framed and implemented at regional, national and sub-national levels by the public and non-profit sectors as well as by the food industry. [+]

The M.A. in Food Studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, more generally on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It will focus on the international dimensions but also on how the associated policy and regulatory frameworks are framed and implemented at regional, national and sub-national levels by the public and non-profit sectors as well as by the food industry. The Program offers students the option to focus on a more professional-based path, according to their career aspirations, or a research-based path if they wish to pursue research at the Ph.D. level. It is a flexible program that allows students to acquire research methods and techniques and also to choose courses to enhance their business or multimedia communication skills. Students with entrepreneurial ambitions can follow a course of study whereby they will gain both conceptual grounding and hands-on skills in relation to the business of food, including accounting and finance, marketing, strategy and other functional business areas in both large and small corporate entities. Students may also choose multimedia communication and learn concepts and theories of visual communication related to food in an ever evolving digital environment, along with technical skills for a variety of multimedia products. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their writing skills in relation to food in its various professional forms, including technical writing for the scientific community, policy-makers and consumers. Potential career paths Students will be able to choose between two options for their career goals: a professional path leading to work in international, non-profit or private sector companies or to become entrepreneur in the food business or to work in communication and digital media related to food a research-based path, towards a Ph.D. or other research-oriented academic and professional work. Duration: 15 months Start date: Fall 2015 Credits: 36 Courses and thesis Core courses: 15 credits total Electives courses: 15 credits total Thesis: 6 credits total Prerequisite and Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences and excellent knowledge of English. Costs for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens:17.550,00 US Dollar Costs for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than United States or Canada: 13.000 Euro The goal of the M.A. Program in Food Studies is to provide students with knowledge, critical thinking and transferable skills related to the global and local dimensions of sustainable food production and consumption, to the business of food and to communicating about food. It is a flexible Program whereby students will be able to focus their course of studies on topics of their interest in relation to pursuing research at the Ph.D. level or in more direct relation to their professional career goals and aspirations. The Program addresses: The worldwide societal concerns on the choices facing humankind in relation to feeding an increasing world population, the pressures exercised on natural resources, the risks of the loss in biodiversity, the spread of obesity, the persistence of undernutrition and the impact of climate change. The interdependence of nations and the ways in which governments, the business industry and civil society are dealing with these issues through policies, programs and regulatory frameworks. The business and communication models and practices towards sustainable food production and consumption. Learning Outcomes Upon completing the Program students will be able to: Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the main factors impinging on sustainable food production and consumption at the global level and relate them to their own countries’ situation. Evaluate the nexus between food production-consumption and the environment. Analyze the main policies and regulatory frameworks related to food and their implementation at international and national level. Examine and compare the main tenets of food-induced rural development policies and programs, in both developed and developing countries, and with particular reference to Italy, within the European context. Depending on the selected path, students will acquire specific academic and transferable skills; at the end of the program they will be able to: Conduct research by framing a research question, identifying and applying the appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods. Write a research paper. Defend a thesis. Analyze and present complex statistical data in a clear and effective way. Appraise the macroeconomic environment and government policies impinging on public policies and on private business development. Perform financial analyses, budget and forecasting for business in the food sector. Appraise and apply elemental marketing strategies, market research and market assessment techniques. Work as a consultant, using management consultancy skills. Prepare for a career in the food-environment sectors. Communicate persuasively both orally and in writing, in different contexts and situations. Write professionally about food through narrative prose and/or technical writing for the scientific community, policy-makers and consumers. Conceive a media strategy and produce communication projects to be accessed and displayed over a wide variety of media platforms (print, web, video, social media). [-]

MA in Religious Studies

Campus Full time 15 months September 2016 Italy Rome

Rome as a city & Italy as a country are the quintessential locations for any scholar of religion. The MA Program in Religious Studies offers an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse study of religion with the focus on the historical, social, and cultural context of Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean. It enables students to study various religious traditions that played an important role in the history and culture of Rome, such as ancient Etruscan and Roman religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. [+]

Rome as a city & Italy as a country are the quintessential locations for any scholar of religion. The MA Program in Religious Studies offers an interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse study of religion with the focus on the historical, social, and cultural context of Rome, Italy and the Mediterranean. It enables students to study various religious traditions that played an important role in the history and culture of Rome, such as ancient Etruscan and Roman religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Students will have a unique opportunity to study the history of religion, development of religious teachings, practices and institutions on site. In addition, an opportunity to study religious art and architecture is one of the most important parts of this program. Students will study them, in one of the world’s most important religious and cultural cities. The program addresses the critical societal need to promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue. The Program in Religious Studies is based on the assumption that research and study of particular religious traditions contribute to the promotion of religious and cultural diversity, and cross-cultural cooperation. Potential career paths With this MA, students will be able to either seek employment with organizations related to religions and religious dialogue, or to pursue research at the Ph.D. level. Duration: 15 months Start date: Fall 2015 Credits: 36 Courses and thesis Three core courses: 15 credits total Five electives: 15 credits total Thesis: 6 credits total Prerequisite and Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree in Humanities or Social Sciences and excellent knowledge of English. Costs for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens: 17.550,00 US Dollar Costs for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than United States or Canada: 13.000 Euro Through this program, students will develop an understanding of religious traditions that shaped the history and culture of Rome, Italy, and western civilization in general. Understanding the ancient Roman religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, will assist in understanding some of the most important social forces that exist today. Therefore, this program also gives an opportunity to students to explore religious beliefs and practices in the context of the modern secular society and the process of global integration. A key aim is to demonstrate how major religious traditions can play a constructive role in contemporary societies, especially in those societies in which particular religious traditions have a strong impact on shaping the social, cultural and political spheres. The program addresses the following issues and needs: Religious Traditions in Modern Society Religious traditions have often played a controversial role in many societies, being often perceived as major obstacles in democratization and modernization of traditional societies. This program recognizes the need for a new interpretation of religious traditions in contemporary culture and society, thus opening space for the articulation of a more constructive role for religion and religious institutions in modern societies. This approach facilitates religious and cultural diversity without threatening the values of democratic society and secular state. Religion, Conflicts and Crises Religions and religious institutions have often been perceived not only as obstacles to modernization but also as one of the major sources of division and conflict between different ethnic groups and societies. It is clear that religion is gaining significance again in the contemporary process of global integration. Apart from positive aspects of globalization, it is clear that intolerance, fundamentalism and religiously motivated conflicts have not been overcome. It is important to understand relevant religious traditions, their structure, teachings and practices, in order to address some of the most pressing issues that contemporary societies are facing. These issues include: economic and environmental crises; social and political tensions; immigration policies; (in)tolerance; cultural, religious, and ethnic diversities; integration of minorities; food shortages; rising inequalities, and demographic problems. This understanding is even more important given that religion and religious institutions are extremely important in many societies, regardless of industrial advancement or official secular state policies. Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Ecumenical, intercultural and interreligious dialogue is growing in significance, given the capability of religious institutions to influence, in both positive and negative ways, cultures and societies. Strengthening dialogue between different religious traditions lays ground for mutual understanding and cooperation in various domains, such as humanitarian and cultural projects, or reconciliation processes. Therefore, dialogue between cultures and religions in the contemporary world (for example between Christianity and Islam, or Islam and Judaism) is an essential area that this program will address. Learning Outcomes With the MA program in Religious Studies, AUR’s mission is to educate future scholars and professionals who would be able to understand religious traditions in various historical contexts, and who would be able to apply their knowledge in the global society. Upon completing the program, depending on their course of study and focus of specialization, students will be able to: Demonstrate a superior knowledge of the religious traditions of Rome, enabling them to understand, describe and analyze the culture, social and political systems in various historical periods that were under significant influence of these traditions Articulate the religious doctrines, practices and sacred spaces of ancient Roman religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam Discuss the religious topography of Rome Recognize the theories and apply the methods in the study of religion Distinguish the features of the three major branches of Christianity – Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and Orthodoxy, their teachings, rites, saints and art Appreciate and explain religious art and architecture Read and discuss biblical texts and main approaches to Christian theology in the patristic era Read texts in Latin Discuss the historical involvement of religion in various forms of political culture Explain the practices of religious NGOs in Rome, and elsewhere in Italy, and their activities Discuss the contribution of religion and religious institutions to local societies, through their charity, cultural and other programs Describe and discuss the intercultural and interreligious dialogue and its significance for modern society Analyze how religions and religious institutions can contribute to modern society and its attempts to overcome some of the contemporary challenges, such as religious fundamentalism, ecological/economic crisis, immigration, and intolerance. Students will also be able to clearly demonstrate that they have acquired the following abilities and skills: Research skills, necessary to study at the graduate level and to write research papers Ability to plan and execute an extensive research project High level analytical skills Ability to use and analyze source materials, including non-literary sources, and to appreciate the context of these sources Ability to communicate ideas and arguments effectively, in speech or in writing, in an accurate, focused and lucid manner Ability to critically analyze religious traditions and their teachings, and their role in the public and political life Ability to form a critical understanding of religion, culture and society in the late antique and Byzantine world Ability to recognize the potential for alternative interpretations in religious studies, and related fields (such as political and cultural history, history of ideas, and theology) A vital aspect of the learning process will also be the exposure of students to the cultural and religious diversity throughout the history of Rome and Italy, through experiencing various religious practices and sacred spaces during on-site classes. 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The American University of Rome

Address Via Pietro Roselli 4
Roma 00153, Italy
Website http://www.aur.edu/
Phone +39 06 5833 0919, 888-791-8327