Academic Credit and Transfer of Credit: Each semester allows about fifteen weeks of instruction and provides one full semester of academic credit. Duke University provides an official Duke transcript of work completed satisfactorily. Students normally receive 4 or 5 course credits (equivalent to 16 to 20 semester hours). The Ancient City course carries two course credits. All other courses offer one course credit. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA.
Courses: 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 areas 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 course load.
Students choose their courses from the following:
The Library: Funds provided by the Old Dominion Foundation purchased the initial library in the 1960's. The holdings have increased since then through several generous gifts: from the personal collection of the late Professor Brooks Otis, founder of ICCS, which were presented to the library through the generosity of the Packard Foundation; and from the personal collections of the late John Rowe Workman, and the late John Stambaugh, former Chairman of the Managing Committee. In addition to these gifts, ICCS continuously makes new acquisitions. There also is a small collection on Italian culture, and a modest art history collection. Other libraries in Rome, including limited access to the American Academy library, can be made available for student use.
Course Field Trips and Excursions:
March 5-13-Field trip to Sicily
April 16-23-Field trip to Campania
The ‘Ancient City’ course 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.
Faculty and Staff: The ICCS faculty is chosen from persons teaching classics, history, and art history in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The usual faculty complement is a Professor-in-Charge, two Associate or Assistant Professors, and an advanced graduate student as Resident Instructor. In addition, other persons are hired in Italy to teach Renaissance and Baroque Art History and Elementary Italian. Generally, faculty are chosen for an entire academic year. In addition to the annual appointments of faculty from across the U.S. and Canada, ICCS also has two faculty members based in Rome.