Italian Cultural Studies

The Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Program is a rigorous, two-year cultural immersion experience for juniors and seniors that raises awareness about Italian culture and language while enhancing the mission of Holy Child's Global Studies Program. As part of the program, students participate in a college-level seminar course exploring the history, art, language, literature, architecture and politics of Italy. Field trips, attention to current events, and cultural programming complement classroom instruction. The first year culminates in a research tour of Italy during which students explore topics they later expand into their individual research projects as seniors. Ultimately, all students produce an original analysis of an issue in Italian studies that contributes to the field.

ICS began in 2012 as the School's first Signature Program and inspired many students in their future humanities studies. To fulfill the evolving needs of the Holy Child population, the broader, inquiry-based Advanced Humanities Institute will take the place of ICS. The Class of 2021 will be the last class of the ICS Program.

Program Overview


Year One:

  • Year-long, interdisciplinary Humanities course covering Italian culture since Antiquity
  • Field trips to various museums and other relevant sites, including The Met, the Cloisters, Saint John the Divine, and Little Italy
  • Year-long Italian language instruction
  • Extensive research tour of Italy in June
  • Affiliation with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center

Year Two:

  • Develop thesis for an independent research project, under the supervision of the Program Director
  • Weekly group sessions as a scholarly community
  • Regular communication and bi-weekly, individualized research direction
  • Extensive writing instruction, content critique and production assistance
  • Continued Italian language learning and cultural programming
  • Continued affiliation with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center
  • June presentations and online publication