History and Culture of Naples

This course is an exploration of the endlessly fascinating city of Naples, Italy, where the multiple layers of diverse dynasties (Greek, Roman, Norman, French, and more) have produced a variety and intensity of civilization elsewhere unknown. Our all-day field trips will bring you into direct contact with the coolest city of Italy were you can embrace 2500 years of history in one location. Always playing a significant role throughout history, Naples has always attracted renowned individuals from Dickens, Byron, Ghoete, Pablo Neruda, Hemingway, and Andy Warhol. We will focus on three major periods in the city's history: the Greco-Roman period, the Bourbon period, and Post-WWII Naples.

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy."

- Giuseppi Verdi

Faculty member: Enzo Milano, e-mail enzo.milano@faculty.umuc.edu

May apply toward upper-level credit for history, humanities general education requirement, Italian studies, or electives.

Tentative Course Itinerary

Pre-Course and Week 1

You will gain access to the online LEO classroom approximately 1 week prior to the start of the course. The official course start date is 11 May 2020. Once you gain access to the classroom, take a virtual walk-through of the course and begin reading assignments.

* All times are approximate

Sunday, Day 1

 Arrive at hotel and Orientation
1500-1700Introduction and walking-tour (metro to Toledo, Piazza Plebiscito)

Monday, Day 2

0900Meet at the hotel. Lecture on Greco-Roman Naples
 Visit to National Archeological Museum
 Sightseeing of Piazza Plebiscito and via Caracciolo
 Visit to Egg Castel

Tuesday, Day 3

0900Lecture at the hotel
 Tour to Ercolaneum

Wednesday, Day 4

0900Lecture on the town during the Middle Ages
 Tour to the new Castel, piazza San Domenico and piazza del Gesù
 Cimitero delle fontanelle

Thursday, Day 5

0900Lecture on the Bourbon period
 Tour to San Carlo Opera
 Tour to Capodimonte Museum

Friday, Day 6

0900Lecture at the hotel
 Discussion on the theory of love and liberty
 Tour to San Martino Museum
 Walk to the area of Vomero

Saturday, Day 7

0900Lecture at the hotel
 Metro to underground Naples
AfternoonFinal exam

Sunday, Day 8

0900Panel discussion with Neapolitan contemporary artist
1100Check out of hotel and farewell

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMGC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions. If you are a resident of Naples and will not be staying in the hotel, the field study fee is $200. Please let your program coordinator know.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. You must make their own travel arrangements to the course. The fee also does not include meals.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials. This course uses no-cost online resources.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail fieldstudies-europe@umuc.edu.

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 4 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.