College of Professional Studies

Spring 2015 Dean's International Study Program

At St. John’s we value our students’ unfaltering commitment to success, and in an effort to congratulate you on your academic achievements, we are not only offering you an opportunity of a lifetime, but we are picking up much of the tab on the “abroad” portion as well!

As one of our best and brightest students in the College of Professional Studies, we are inviting you to immerse yourself in all things Roman, and in doing so, experience Rome and the Vatican as you never thought possible. The Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Kathleen Vouté MacDonald, Ed.D, is excited to announce the spring 2015 Dean’s International Study Program where 25 carefully selected CPS seniors will have the chance to spend one week in Rome, Italy taking part in a hands-on exploration of the “Eternal City.”

Course: SPM 1033 - Sports Ethics and Social Justice*

This course counts for CPS STUDENTS as a social science elective, sports management elective or a free elective. FOR ALL OTHER COLLEGES, this class counts as a FREE ELECTIVE. Please consult with your academic advisor to see how this course fits into your academic program.

In this class an interdisciplinary approach will be used to study the meaning of social justice and considering the questions when and under what conditions sports, physical activity, and play might become a vehicle for promoting social change – nationally and internationally. Students will examine sports for social change initiatives that have been credited with being a very useful and non-political vehicle to bring disparate and often opposing groups together. No question, sport has a universal popularity; it has the ability to connect people and communities; it is a communication platform; it cuts across many social and economic areas; and it has the potential to empower, motivate, and inspire. While in Rome students will meet with local experts such as professionals working in the realm of social change and Vatican authorities to discuss the role and responsibility of governmental and non-governmental organizations, corporations, and the individual to build a more just society worldwide. Students will share their experiences with fellow-students from the State University of Rome with whom – after returning home - they also will continue to work together on joint international sport for social justice projects through videoconferencing.

Credits: 3 Credits
Please note: This course will continue through the spring 2015 semester as a Distance Learning videoconferencing class.

Professor: Emese Ivan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sports Management

Anticipated Travel Dates: January 5 – January 12, 2015 (7 nights)
(Please note: Students will arrive in Rome on January 5 and depart from Rome on January 12. You will likely need to travel one day before arrival date).

Accommodations: St. John’s Rome Campus

Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 4 main meals (lunch or dinners depending on the schedule), plus welcome and farewell dinners. Please note that other meals will be eaten independently, so be sure to budget accordingly.

Costs: Students are responsible for a $ 250 non-refundable deposit/program fee, standard tuition and the cost of airfare, plus any incidental costs (souvenirs, some meals, etc) – nearly all other expenses are paid!

*Please Note:  For undergraduate students, this course will be included in their normal semester tuition as long as they meet full-time student status (12 to 18 credits). For additional information on current tuition rates, please click here.

Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduate students must be slated to graduate in May 2015 with at least 3.0 cumulative GPA. The program is open to all majors in the College of Professional Studies, with the permission of your advisor or dean.

Application Deadline: September 19, 2014

  • Essay Component: In 250 words, tell the dean what you hope to gain from your study abroad experience. Address the reasons why you believe you should be selected for this seminar, including what you hope to bring back to the St. John’s community upon your return.

Students Notified of Application Decision: October 3, 2014

Deposit Deadline for Accepted Students: October 22, 2014

Group Flight Announced: TBD

                Note: Please do not purchase airfare until your program has been confirmed to run.

For more information about this exciting program, please contact the Office of Global Studies or Matthew Pucciarelli, Associate Vice President, Office of Global Studies.