History of Venice

Walk the streets, ride the boats, and taste the dishes that have made Venice world renowned as a center of culture, visited by travelers from around the globe. The Venetian Republic lasted over a thousand years and was an international city of commerce, diplomacy, and art during the Renaissance period. You'll explore the nature of Venice's historical legacy of culture, economy, and society. Leave the crowded tourist zones to visit local neighborhoods, and use the fabric of the city itself (paving stones, street names, cisterns) to understand how Venetians have lived throughout the city's glorious history.

Topics include:

  • Venice's origins
  • Venetian art and architecture
  • Venice and the Middle East
  • Venetian politics and power
  • Venetian Renaissance and Baroque music
  • Venetian society, past and present
  • Venetian arts and crafts: laces and glass

"White swan of cities slumbering in thy nest . . .
White phantom city, whose untrodden streets
Are rivers, and whose pavements are the shifting
Shadows of the palaces and strips of sky."

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Venice"

Faculty member: angela.ladelfa@faculty.umuc.edu

May apply for general education requirements in humanities, history major and minor, electives, and Italian Studies associate or certificate.

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 1 March 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

1400-1500Arrival and introductory lecture
1500-1700Castello; walking lecture

Monday, Day 2

0900-1500Ducal Palace and Piazza San Marco
1500-1600Lecture at the hotel

Tuesday, Day 3

0900-1300San Marco Basilica and Museum
1400-1530San Giorgio Maggiore Island
1530-1630Lecture at the hotel; group assignment given

Wednesday, Day 4

0900-1300Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Scuola Grande di San Rocco
1400-1600Rialto, San Polo

Thursday, Day 5

0800-1500Venice noble palaces: Ca’ Rezzonico; Church of Santa Maria della Salute
 Break early to work on research projects

Friday, Day 6

0800-1300Jewish Ghetto; Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli
1300-1700Presentations of group research and review for final exam

Saturday, Day 7

0800-1300Murano: walking lecture and Glass Museum
1400-1600Final exam

Sunday, Day 8

0900-1030Concluding walk in Castello
1030-1230Final lecture, questions, wrap up, 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.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. You must make your 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.