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Benvenuti a Firenze - Welcome to Florence

Come spend a semester in Florence, Italy this spring and live la dolce vita! Florence is located in central Italy in the region of Tuscany which is known for its beautiful landscapes and rich history.

This year Dr. Cathy Wright will accompany students and teach a course on Global Propaganda<>. Students will take a full semester’s load of classes (14-16 credits) in a variety of courses topics including, but not limited to:

  *   Art
  *   Art History
  *   Psychology
  *   Economics/ Politics

See below for a full list of available classes.

36 Hours in Florence , Italy<> via New York Times


Antica Officina del Farmacista Dr. Vranjes. Credit Alexandra Garcia/The New York Times

Course Catalog



(Studio Art:
drawing, painting,

  *   Beginning Drawing
  *   Beginning Figurative Sculpture
  *   Beginning Oil Painting
  *   Beginning Watercolor (2 credits)

Art History

  *   Contemporary Italian Architecture
  *   History of Italian Art from Antiquity to Baroque
  *   History of Italian Art from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
  *   Museology. The Art of Collecting Objects
  *   Renaissance Art History

Economics / Politics

  *   Corporate Governance
  *   Global Financial Systems
  *   Impact of Globalization on European Markets
  *   International Business and Trade
  *   International Marketing
  *   Political Economic History of Europe in the 20th Century

Experiential Learning

  *   Introduction to Photo Journalism

Film and Video Studies

  *   Contemporary Italy on the Screen

English and Literature

  *   Contemporary Italian Literature Self Memory and Expression
  *   Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  *   Writing The Global City: Florence.Reading and Creating Travel Writing

History / Sociology and Anthropology

  *   A Cultural History of Florence from Renaissance to Present
  *   A Cultural History of Organized Crime: Italian vs. US Mafia
  *   Analyzing and Exploring the Global City
  *   Understanding Modern Italy: Anthropology of Contemporary Italian Society


  *   Cross Cultural Psychology



Catherine Wright

Catherine Wright is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has been a member of the department since 2002. In 2008, Wright led her first trip to Milan, Italy and since then has been enamored with all things Italian.

Department of Communication
Robinson Hall A 314
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Laura Scobey

Laura Scobey is the new program officer for the Florence semester. She also works on 3 other programs that take place in Italy including Dr. Wright's summer program in Milan.

Center for Global Education
Johnson Center, Room 235
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George Mason University
Center for Global Education
Johnson Center, Room 235
4400 University Drive, MS 2B8
Fairfax, VA 22030






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