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. On daily field trips, 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 immigration and industry
  • Venetian society, past and present

"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: Dr. Monica Chojnacka, e-mail monica.chojnacka@faculty.umuc.edu

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

Tentative Course Itinerary

* All times are approximate

Sunday, Day 1

1300-1200Arrival and introductory lecture
1300-1700Castello; walking lecture

Monday, Day 2

0800-1700Torcello; bring picnic lunch (lunch will be picked up as a group)

Tuesday, Day 3

0800-1200Venice and the Sea; lecture and discussion
1300-1700Canareggio; walking lecture

Wednesday, Day 4

0800-1200Authority and Government - lecture and quiz
 Group assignment given
1300-1700Ducal Palace and Basilica; walking lecture

Thursday, Day 5

0800-1200Rialto, San Polo
1300-1700Santa Croce, Frari Church, San Rocco; walking lecture
 Break early to work on research projects

Friday, Day 6

0800-1200Jewish Ghetto; walking lecture
1300-1700Presentations of group research and review for final

Saturday, Day 7

0800-120018th century discussion of Ca'Rezzonico and Casanova; walking lecture
1300-1700Final exam

Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC 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. Single rooms are available upon request, if space allows, for an additional fee of $200.

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

Textbooks and Course Materials

Textbooks can be ordered through webText Europe - a secure, online textbook service designed to make your textbook ordering quick and simple. You can also receive on-site assistance from your local program coordinator. For a detailed listing of required textbooks and early reading assignments, please see the current course syllabus found in the schedule.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMUC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMUC 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 UMUC 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.