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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: May Term
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  • Restrictions: MC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:
Course Information:

The real and mythic past are closely interwoven in this cradle of Western civilization. A tapestry of theology, philosophy, and poetry will inform every step of the
Italy 2018 photojourney through modern and ancient Italy. Italy exhibits considerable diversity in the economic standing of its citizens. Massive influx of poor people from rural areas and other countries into cities such as Rome and Florence has produced significant social challenges. Although the whole nation is primarily Roman Catholic, this form of Christianity differs significantly from the faith our students know and practice in the States. Rich in artistic expression through icons, statues, architecture, and language, Italy offers students a new, yet ancient taste of Roman Catholic Christian culture. The Italy cross-cultural exposes students to the complex texture of Italian life including the socio-economic inequalities, the rich religious texture that dates back to the earliest Christian communities, and the artistic expression of cultural perspectives within the country as well as in comparison with our own.  Estimated Course Fee: $6880

Faculty Biography:

Dr. Sharon Putt received her undergraduate degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her M.A.T.H. from Texas Christian University and her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. She has significant experience traveling abroad and taking students on cross-cultural trips. She has traveled with youth groups and took 22 Messiah students to Ghana, Africa in 2009. Their stay in mud huts with thatched roofs, lack of hot water for three weeks, and hours of rough travel on dirt roads have prepared her for future travel under very diverse circumstances. She traveled to Europe and the Middle-east, as well. Her discipline is world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christian theology have prepared me to teach students to value views other than their own and to provide the guidance necessary for a cross-cultural trip.

Dr. B. Keith Putt is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and Sharon’s husband.  He has a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philosophy of Religion and a Ph. D. from Rice University in Philosophical Theology.  He has traveled extensively in the United States, the UK, and in France. He also teaches the core Cultural Perspectives courses at Samford that enable him to teach students how to appreciate those who think and live differently.

Dr. Shelly Skinner received her B.A. and M.A. from Biola University and Talbot Seminary in La Mirada, CA, and her Ed.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  She also served in a local church as the Minister of Youth in West Covina, CA for 19 years.  She's a movie fiend, who enjoys spending time with friends and family, long road trips, and reading in a local café and/or coffee shop.

Additional Information:

Syllabus for Italy May 2018 - Updated February 2017.pdf

Syllabus Addendum for Students Earning Quest Credit for THEO 205 Italy.pdf

Messiah-Italy-Tour-Brochure 2018.pdf

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.