University Honors Program

University Honors Program

Music, Art, and Thought in Medici Florence (FAM3095)

Music, Art and Thought in Medici Florence is a 15SS seminar with a study tour to Florence and Rome, Italy!

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From c1420 to the middle of the sixteenth century, Florence witnessed a remarkable synergy of music, art, and thought financed by the Medici dynasty. Inhabited by such renowned artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, musicians Guillaume DuFay and Heinrich Isaac, and writers Angelo Poliziano and Niccolò Machiavelli, Florence was a vortex of Renaissance humanism. The city also witnessed religious fanaticism and French invasions ravage it for two decades beginning in 1492. In this interdisciplinary course we will study the political, economic, artistic, and cultural forces that gave rise to Florence as a unique center of Renaissance humanism.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change):

The class will travel to Florence and Rome, Italy at the end of Spring Semester 2015, from May 1st - May 9th.  Please note, this study tour will begin on the last day of finals.  Most of the time will be spent in Florence, with one day in Rome.

Day One: depart CVG for overnight flight to Rome

Day Two: arrive in Rome, board private transportation to Florence.  Check into hotel. Take a walking tour of Florence. 

Day Three: Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Museum of Musical Instruments. 

Day Four: Bargellor Museum, Orsanmichele, Brancacci Chapel, Pitti Palace

Day Five: Museum of the Medici Chapel, San Lorenzo Laurentian Library, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Santa Maria Novello

Day Six: Palazzo Vecchio, Baptistery, Santa Croce and Pazzi Chapel

Day Seven: San Marco, Tempio Israelitico.  Check out of hotel in Florence and take private transportation to Rome, check into hotel in Rome.

Day Eight: Vatican, the Forum, Coliseum, Pantheon,  

Day Nine: depart Rome and return to CVG

*Note that the group will depart on the during finals week. It is each student's individual responsibility to contact their instructors as early as possible to find out if it will be possible to make alternate arrangements for any final exams or projects that are scheduled for that week.

Course Details:

     •  Course number is FAM3095

     •  Meeting times: TR 3:30-4:50

     •  Course Attributes: H, I

     •  BoK: FA, HP

     •  Credit hours: 3 to 4

     •  Honors Seminar

     •  For CCM students, course will count toward the music history requirement.

Course Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Schlagel, Associate Professor, is a musicologist specializing in the music of Josquin des Prez, the 15th- and 16th-century motet, reception history and historiography.  Her edition of Si placet Parts for Motets by Josquin and His Contemporaries appears in the Recent Researches in the Music of the Renaissance series.  Dr. Schlagel is the director of the CCM Early Music Lab, and she plays the viola da gamba and recorders with that group. 

Course Expectations

Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expecations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund. 


Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $3200.  The actual cost per person for UC is $4800, but this will be offset by $1400 grant from University Honors as well as a $200 block grant from UC International, making the actual final cost $3200. All participants will receive these grants. 

Costs include airfare, accommodations, CISI insurance, breakfast at hotel, most museum admission tickets/passes, and airport transfers.  

Costs do not include meals (other than breakfast and any group meals listed above), baggage fees, passport, some ground transportation, immunizations, visa fees if necessary, personal expenses, souvenirs, etc.


We are currently still accepting applications for this seminar. To apply for this seminar please click here

An interview with the faculty leader may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC students who are not in the University Honors Program may apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Priority is given to University Honors students, but we are sometimes able to offer spaces to other students as well. A waiting list will be maintained.

Travel Documents

In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after your return (so valid until at least November 2015). To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the passport page on the US State Department's website.  New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110. If you are not a US citizen then you may be required to obtain a visa to travel to Italy. 

Vaccinations and Health Precautions

Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and health precautions are recommended, if any.  All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage for Italy


Contact Dr. Stephanie Schlagel (faculty director) or Neil Choudhury of the Honors Program.