Unlike many study abroad programs, which involve registrations at foreign institutions and administrative hurdles to transfer courses, the COLFA Semester in Urbino offers UTSA courses taught by UTSA faculty or by University of Urbino faculty who have been vetted and approved by UTSA. The courses have been carefully selected to fit into UTSA degree plans and will appear seamlessly in ASAP. Moreover, since you will remain a full-time UTSA student during your semester abroad you will have access to UTSA services such as financial aid and library resources and will not encounter difficulties with minimum credit-hour requirements for financial aid or scholarships.

In addition to the courses listed below, UTSA students also have the opportunity to take lessons in ceramics with Marcello Pucci, sculpture with Giovanna Giusto, and metal jewelry work with Ruben Rojo. The classes, available for a supplemental fee, allow UTSA students to work with established local artists and gain an understanding of the local culture. Select the links above to see the recent profiles on each artist in the Urbino Project.

Important Dates for Spring 2019

Our draft schedule for Spring 2019 is as follows. Some dates and trip destinations may vary

January 24students arrive in Bologna; charter bus to Urbino
January 25GEV orientation and welcome lunch
January 26guided tour of historic Urbino
January 28first day of classes
January 31guided tour of Pesaro
February 1guided tour of Fano
February 3guided tour of the Ducal Palace in Urbino
February 7day trip to Bologna
February 8organic farm tour
February 15-17Rome
February 21day trip to Perugia
February 28-March 3Siena and Florence
March 3-11Urbino Spring Break
March 14day trip to Assisi
March 21day trip to Ravenna
March 28-31Verona and Venice
April 11day trip to Milan
April 24farewell dinner
April 28final checkout from dorms
Course Information

The following 16 credit hours of courses are offered during the Spring 2019 semester.
The focus on Medical Humanities will be especially relevant to students in the Medical Humanities, Psychology, History, and Museum Studies programs. Graduate versions of these courses are also available. If you are a graduate student interested in the COLFA Semester in Urbino, please contact us for more information.

HIS 4973/MHU 4813Seminar in History / Medical Humanities
HIS 4603History of Medicine (approved for MHU elective)
PSY 3543Introduction to Clinical Psychology (pre-requisites waived)
AHC 4333Medieval and Renaissance Art History
FL 1034Elementary Italian
Course Descriptions

HIS 4973/MHU 4813  Research/Writing Seminar on the History of the Body will offer students an opportunity to analyze the body as a material object defined by notions of health and well-being.  The course invites students to consider how society and culture understand the body within specific historical context by analyzing and conducting research with interdisciplinary texts, archival sources, art history and more.

HIS 4603 History of Medicine will offer students an overview of key themes, methods, and scholarship in the history of medicine. Topics may include the history of specific disease, therapeutic innovations, patient experiences, and an array of historical factors involved in healing.  Students will read and analyze primary and secondary sources on the topic, and focus on intersections of historical context and ideas of health, healing, and wellness.

PYS 3543 Introduction to Clinical Psychology. This course will provide students the opportunity to learn about a broad overview of clinical psychology. The course introduces students to training models in clinical psychology (e.g., scientist practitioner, practitioner scholar, clinical scientist), as well as basic tools of psychological assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy. Emphasis is placed on those techniques that are theoretically and empirically driven. This course is not a training practicum, and thus, students will not learn about how to conduct tests or deliver psychotherapy. Rather, the course provides a broad overview of clinical psychology and what it means to be a clinical psychologist.

AHC 4333 Medieval and Renaissance Art History. In this course we will investigate several aspects of Medieval and Renaissance Art that took place in Italy during the 13th-16th centuries. We will begin with a short examination of the transition from Greek-Roman Art to the Art of the Middle Ages and the transition from Medieval Art (with a focus on gothic or proto-Renaissance art) to Renaissance Art, in order to be able to make critical comparisons between artworks from different ages. We will focus on architecture, sculpture and painting with an emphasis on monuments and works of art which students will see during the semester.

FL 1034. Beginning Language Study Abroad. Opportunity to begin developing oral and written communication skills in the target language, along with enhanced comprehension skills in listening and reading. Linguistic and cultural immersion. May be repeated up to 8 semester credit hours in each language.

Spring 2019 Faculty

Dr. Kirsten E. Gardner, Associate Professor of History, teaches in the Department of History, Program of Women’s Studies, and American Studies Program.  In 2015, she was honored with the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.  She is also a member of the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars and a winner of the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Core Curriculum.  Dr. Gardner has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in U.S. History, Women and Gender Studies, History of Medicine, Modern U.S. history, Gender and Technology, Research and Writing Practices, and Pedagogy for Historical Thinking.
Dr. Gardner earned a B.A. from Georgetown University; M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati; and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from University of Cincinnati.  Her research focuses on issues of women’s health, technology and healthcare, and women and the military.  Early Detection Women, Cancer, and Awareness Campaigns in the Twentieth-Century United States (UNC, 2006) traced women’ s activism and cancer early detections campaigns for nearly a century.  More recently, her work on the history of diabetes since insulin explores how medical technologies and patient experience have intersected in the past century.  Gardner has published her research and reviews in several book chapters and many academic journals including The Journal of Women’s History; Enterprise and Society; Literature and Medicine; Gender, Health and Popular Culture: Historical Perspectives; Beauty and Business: Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America; and Artificial Parts and Practical Lives: Modern History of Prosthetics.

Dr. Sandra Morissette is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UTSA, Director of the Trauma Health Research In Veterans’ Experiences (THRIVE) laboratory, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her expertise is in studying trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviors, with a particular interest in understanding factors that improve functional recovery in post-9/11 veterans. Relevant to teaching Introduction to Clinical Psychology (PSY 3543), for over 18 years, she worked as a clinician and researcher in both the Veterans Health Administration and university settings, dedicating her career to treating and researching ways to improve the lives of veterans. Thus, her teaching draws upon her myriad real-world clinical examples to illustrate key concepts. Dr. Morissette has worked in several clinical settings, serving as the Director of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Anxiety Disorders Clinic, as well as the Clinical Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health for VA Boston Health Care System. Prior to coming to UTSA, she served as the Assessment and Treatment Core Chief of the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans. For the last eight years, she conducted a series of four funded longitudinal studies that investigated warzone experiences, traumatic stress, and long-term functioning in returning veterans. The aim of these studies is to provide a scientific platform for developing novel interventions for veterans who are struggling with recovery and reintegration. Dr. Morissette also has a special interest in bringing empirically-supported treatments to college campuses. In collaboration with Counseling Services, she is currently conducting a clinical trial that tests a brief, narrative writing therapy for students with PTSD. Collectively, the aim of her program of research is to conduct clinically-meaningful studies that will improve the lives of veterans and college students.

Dr. Grazia Fachechi is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Urbino, Department of Humanities, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate students for more than twenty years. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Urbino and did post-graduate work in other cities: Florence (certificate in Museology and Art Criticism at the International University of Art – UIA), Perugia (PhD in Art History at the University of Perugia) and Rome (Diploma of Specialization in Medieval and Modern Art History at Sapienza University). She currently lives in Rome.

Dr. Fachechi’s principal fields of expertise are illuminated manuscripts (specifically works preserved in the Vatican Library) and wooden sculptures. She is the author of a book on Jacopo da Fabriano who was one of the favorite miniaturists of the Renaissance Pope Pius II and two books on wooden sculptures. The most recent is a catalogue of the most important wooden sculpture collection in Italy (housed in the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia in Rome) and was funded by the Getty Foundation of Los Angeles.

She has also published research on paintings, both from the Medieval and Renaissance ages. She is very interested in the text-image relationship, both in the religious context, with special regard to the iconography of the Passion of Christ, and in the lay context, with particular interest in iconographical themes of Classical Antiquity and the visual illustration of ancient literary works (especially those by the Latin writers Plauto and Seneca) in the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

The Italian language courses are taught by certified instructors at Lingua Ideale Urbino working under the auspices of the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”. Lingua Ideale is a professional language school offering courses of Italian language and culture to foreigners. The curriculum for the COLFA Semester in Urbino has been designed to meet the requirements of the foreign language courses at UTSA while also incorporating local aspects of Italian culture.