Ancient Rome and Pompeii: Spring Break

Spend this spring break studying the literary, artistic, and archaeological heritage of ancient Rome and explore the buried city of Pompeii.



Group flight will depart US: March 14, 2014

Arrive in Rome: March 15, 2014

Travel to Pompeii and Naples: March 19, 2014

Return to US: March 23, 2014


The class will meet twice per week during the weeks leading up to spring break. The course provides the unique opportunity of studying Roman civilization closely before discovering first-hand the art and culture of ancient Rome and Italy.

Day trips will include the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, and Pompeii. Museum visits will include the Vatican Museum and the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Students will have most evening free to explore Rome.

Courses Offered

CLSX 340: Roman Literature and Civilization (membership in the honors program is not required for spring 2014 – this course has no prerequisites)

CLSX 340 qualifies as a humanities principal course in literature and the arts. It satisfies goal 3 of the KU Core in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


In Rome, students stay in a double- and triple-occupancy guest house at a former monastery/convent. The guest house will provide breakfasts throughout the stay and free, 24-hour WiFi.


Open to students with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Participation is limited to 12 students.

When to Apply

Application deadline is October 1, 2013.