Featured Courses

Wondering what courses to take at NYU Florence next semester? We've highlighted a few courses below that are new or that former students highly recommended. These courses provide opportunities to discover lesser known facets of Florence and Italy.


Italian Sketchbook: Travel Writing and Digital Storytelling - IDSEM-UG 9205 - 2 points

Why do we travel? How do we document it and remember it? This course will explore how many different travellers, such as pilgrims, explorers, fugitives, and tourists have represented their own, and others', mobility with a focus on two primary impulses: observation and creation. We will trace how traveling subjects observed and recorded the world as expressions of artistic representation, scientific discovery and comparative sociocultural analysis AND we will focus on the strategies and techniques, in particular the interchange between word and image, employed by authors and artists as we translate these familiar approaches into new digital forms of storytelling. Italy, and in particular Florence, will serve as the most immediate conceptual and physical context for investigation as we link the textual and visual material studied in the classroom with the world beyond the boundaries of the La Pietra campus.

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Modern Movements in Italian Art: 1861 - Present Day - ARTH-UA 9850 - 4 points

This course investigates the scope of Italian artistic ingenuity during the past century and a half and puts it in reference to contemporary art movements. Learn more from Professor Caterina Toschi and some of her former students.

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Black Italia - SCA-UA 9280 - 4 points 

This cross-disciplinary course explores issues of “race”, identity and citizenship in colonial and postcolonial Italy. 

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History of Immigration in Europe & United States from World War II to Present - HIST-UA 9186 - 4 points

In both Europe and the US, the topic of immigration is highly politicized, and frequently occupies the center of national and regional debates on identity, citizenship and belonging. This course provides a comparative overview to the history of migration in Europe and the US. 

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