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REVOLUTIONS IN SCIENCE: THE SEARCH FOR OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE
At its heart, science is a human undertaking driven primarily by curiosity with the world around us and a desire to both understand and control our place in this universe. This often leads to a strong interaction between science and culture, especially with regard to religion and politics. As our scientific knowledge grows, it shapes how we view ourselves and our place within Creation, which can be both humbling and inspiring. This shifting perspective of ourselves can also lead to cultural challenges and power shifts among social institutions.
Our Maymester starts with understanding some of the foundational concepts of science, such as how and why objects move, what makes an object fall, and what is the nature of the stars, planets, and other heavenly bodies. We’ll look at how the answers to these questions have changed from the time of Aristotle to the present and the role they played in shaping culture. Our itinerary first takes us to Florence, where we will learn about the birth of the Renaissance and the role of science in shaping the culture from the time of Ancient Greece. From there, we’ll take a high speed train to Rome, where we will see how ancient Roman engineering was quite modern and made to withstand the test of time. We’ll explore the interaction of religion, art, and science as we visit the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo. In Frascati, we’ll discuss how modern science functions to bring diverse cultures together in an effort to understand our universe. We’ll then see the interaction of nature with society as we explore the ruins of Pompeii, the beautiful coast of Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. Ultimately, we’ll seek to answer how modern science helps us understand our own place in the universe.
- Pizza making workshop
- Galileo Museum
- Uffizi Museum
- Vatican Museum
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo Frascati
All courses will satisfy either Belmont requirements in the Gen Ed core or the specified major. You must participate in at least one course offered in Italy. Additionally, students must take one of the physics options. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.
- PHY 3950 - Physics Junior Cornerstone, Science Revolutions: The Search for Our Place in the Universe (2 options: 4 hours with a lab or 3 hours without a lab, BELL Core Science)
- PHY 3950 - Historical Science Methods (1 hour, intended for science majors)
- HON 2950 - Analytics: Science Models, Science Revolutions and their Impact (4 hours, lab included)
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010) (satisfies BELL CORE requirement, must have completed 60 credit hours to count as Third Year Writing)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $6,500:
This fee will include round trip airfare from Nashville, in-country transportation, some meals, group excursions, student health insurance.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
Tuition, additional meals, personal expenses
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal Maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
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