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While Italian culture, modes of business operations, fashion, and living patterns are some of the most unique in Europe, this uniqueness is vaguely familiar. The United States and Italy have a rich, shared history that manifests itself in the everyday lives of Americans. From clothing design and merchandising to hospitality, to religious overtones and food, Americans are intimately familiar with Italian culture without knowing why. By learning on-site in Italy, you will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the similarities and differences between the two cultures.
This combined Study Abroad Course explores multi-national Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality by providing you with the opportunity to observe merchandising, packaging, fashion trends, and hospitality services. The destination cities, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Siena, provide a unique flavor of Italy while presenting a broad spectrum representation of these unique industries. From a pasta factory to haute couture, the business site visits combine to give you a new perspective on hospitality and merchandising practices while the cultural visits to museums and historic sites provide a basis for understanding how culture and business are intertwined.
Courses offered: FCS 358 (Hospitality) or FCS 377 (Fashion), 3 semester hours.
Pre-departure class sessions are required (days/times of these sessions will be announced at a later date). You are also required to attend a pre-departure orientation session conducted by the Study Abroad Office (date/location TBA).
Class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course. Questions about Course content should be directed to Mrs. Susan Creasey (FCS 377) or Mrs. Jill Cassady (FCS 358).
Course requirements (degree-seeking students):
General: Minimum 2.5 overall GPA, clearance from Student Judicial Programs
Course specific—FCS 358: Minimum junior standing and completion of FCS 250, 254, 255 by Spring 2012 or permission of instructor
FCS 377: Minimum junior standing and completion of FCS 372, 374, 375 by Spring 2012 or permission of instructor
All majors are welcome! Total enrollment for the program is limited to 25 participants.
Academic Information Study Abroad
Susan Creasey Jill Cassady Kim McDaniel
212 Knoblauch 215 Knoblauch 344 Memorial Hall
Phone: 298-1875 Phone: 298-3154 Phone: 298-2504
SR-Creasey@wiu.edu JL-Cassady@wiu.edu KD-McDaniel@wiu.edu