Arizona in Orvieto: Honors Courses

Program Overview

Summer 2022: May 20 to June 26, 2022

Take honors classes in Italy! W.A. Franke Honors College Assistant Professor Kate Alexander will be teaching two honors courses in Orvieto, Italy, as part of the Arizona in Orvieto Study Abroad Program. Arizona in Orvieto is one of the University of Arizona’s most popular study abroad programs. For five weeks, you’ll get to live in the hilltop town of Orvieto, and take classes taught by UArizona professors alongside UArizona students. Field trips and guided excursions complement class time.

With Dr. Alexander, you’ll get to explore the artistic and sonic landscapes of Orvieto, delving into social scientific, artistic, and humanistic perspectives and methods through hands-on, experiential activities that get us out of the classroom and into the streets, churches, and landmarks of the city. With a documented history that begins with the Etruscans in the 3rd century BCE, stretches through the Roman Empire, and includes a close relationship with Medieval Roman Catholic Popes, Orvieto is a culturally layered place rich in complex social meanings. We’ll explore those cultural layers through an interdisciplinary approach centered around music, art, and architecture.

Up to 10 scholarships of $1000 are available for any honors student who enrolls in a class taught by Dr. Alexander (HNRS 150B1 or HNRS 203H).

Contact Dr. Kate Alexander for more information on what to expect from the class. Please contact Dr. Lysette Davi or Dafne Johnson if you have questions about the program, applying, and more. 

See pictures, learn more about the program, and hear from students who went to Orvieto, visit Arizona in Orvieto.

For budgetary information and to apply, visit the UArizona Study Abroad website.

Applications are open! 

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Applications close February 25, 2022


HNRS 150B1: Sounding Sustainability

Sound is a powerful mechanism for perceiving and making sense of our surroundings. Bringing together ethnomusicology, history, and gender studies, this class will introduce students to the cultural underpinnings of our sonic perception. Soundwalks and sound mapping of local sites will aid students in unpacking the ways in which natural and curated sound help us organize our lives as individuals and members of communities. Tier 1 Individuals and Societies. 3 units.

HNRS 203H: Art as Awareness

Art reflects and shapes how we encounter, and understand, our world. We'll understand "art" as a network of interconnected expressive cultural forms that gain meaning from their shifting social and cultural referents. Through visual art, music, dance, and architecture, students will explore the varied meanings and manifestations of art as physical, political, conceptual, emotional, and imaginative cultural spaces with which humans interact. Synthesizing the methods, concerns, and perspectives of art history and ethnomusicology, this class uses direct engagement with expressive cultural media to give students facility with the critical language to discuss and evaluate art, and a foundation in critical theories that help frame understandings of expressive culture as integral to the formation of our culturally-embedded selves. Tier 2 Arts. 3 units.