University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

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

Honors Seminar with Study Tour to 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.

The class will travel to Florence and Rome, Italy at the end of Spring Semester 2015, from April 30 - May 8.  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.

While in Florence, we expect the group to visit (subject to change):

  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Accademia
  • Bargello Museum
  • Pitti Palace
  • Palazzo Vecchio with Guided Tour
  • Cathedral (Duomo) and Baptistery
  • Duomo Museum
  • Brancacci Chapel
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Santa Croce
  • San Lorenzo Bascillica
  • Museum of the Medici Chapel

While in Rome, we expect the group to visit (subject to change):

  • Vatican and Sistine Chapel
  • Forum

Course Details

     •  Course number is FAM3095

     •  Meeting times: TBD

     •  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.


Expected cost to be paid to UC are estimated to be about $3500. All participating students will receive a grant from the University Honors Program. Furthermore, UHP will apply for a grant from UC International as well to offset costs, making the actual cost less than the estimated $3500 per student. The final cost is contingent upon airfare (which can change unexpectedly) and other final arrangements. The grant amounts will be determined in 14FS. 

Costs include airfare, accommodations, CISI insurance, admissions and airport transfers. 

Costs do not include meals, baggage fees, passports, public transportation, souvenirs, personal expenses, etc. 

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. 

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 September 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. 


Application required; the application for this seminar will open up in the summer of 2014. 

University Honors students must be in good standing with the UHP to participate.

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.

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.