J-Term Study Away 2020 - Italy

Investigating Economic and Environmental Change in Europe

The course uses general principles and themes from economics to investigate how humans adjust to economic and environmental changes brought on by commerce, conquest, technological change and natural events such as earthquakes and volcanoes. As we travel through many sites in Italy, we explore the functioning of markets, the role of institutions, and the use of its natural resources, such as the Venetian Lagoon, to its ancient, medieval, and modern economic history. By immersing ourselves, in both academic literature and visiting historical sites throughout Italy, we development first-hand knowledge of the economic and environmental incentives that induced human beings to alter these environments over thousands of years.

Program Highlights*

  • Cinque Terre-walking tour, NGO visits, Orvieto, waterfall swimming, meeting with mayor
  • Naples-underground ancient Greek “Macellum” ruins and National Archeological Museum
  • Pompeii-organic farms, ruins, and orchards
  • Sorrento-Paper Museum, Paestum Archeological Area, cheese factory
  • Rome-Colosseum, Vatican
  • Venice-visit to Arsenale, Chiogga fish market
  • Cavalese-Magnifica Comunitá di Fiemme, ski day

*May be subject to change

ECON 215 (SO) and ENVT Environment and Society credit-4credits
Prerequisite: ECON 101 or 111, or consent of instructor

Program Fee
Program fee will be finalized by April 1, 2017. Check the Wang Center/Study Away Website for final pricing.

Fees generally include the following (check website for more details):

  • Airfare
  • Lodging
  • Study tours
  • Foreign travel insurance
  • Some meals

Participants in this program may apply for a Global Scholar Award. Please contact the Wang Center for additional information and the application.

Application Procedure

  • February 8, 2017 – Application available
  • April 15, 2017 – Application deadline ($50 non-refundable application fee)
  • May 5, 2017 – Notifications sent
  • May 26, 2017 – Confirmation deadline ($300 confirmation deposit)

Faculty Leader
Karen Travis
Associate Professor of Economics
Economics Department
Professor Travis has taught this study away class seven times since 2007.

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