In compliance with the “Bologna Process”, the program in Social Sciences follows the structure laid down as the standard in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), with three successive Cycles of studies, each one terminating with the conferment of an academic degree: Baccalaureate (1st cycle, NQF 6); Licentiate (2nd cycle, NQF 7), Doctorate (3rd cycle, NQF 8).


1st cycle: Baccalaureate degree, lasting 6 semesters distributed over 3 years and concluding with a written exam (180 ECTS).

2nd cycle: Licentiate, comprising 4 semesters of more specialized coursework. It concludes with the presentation and public defense of a final written thesis (120 ECTS).

3rd cycle: Doctorate, lasting 4/6 semesters of courses and seminars, with the preparation of a dissertation using original research, part of which needs to be published in order to obtain the degree.


The curriculum of the Faculty of Social Sciences is structured in a multidisciplinary integrated way, with five disciplinary areas:


– Ethics and Catholic Social Thought;
– Economics and Social Communications;
– Law and International Relations;
– Sociology and psychology;
– History and Politics.


Courses are mostly taught in Italian; the Faculty offers courses in the Italian language to help non-Italians pursue their studies. For other foreign students, especially in the first year, there is a tutoring service in the English language.

Piano degli studi

1st cycle. Duration: 3 years (6 semesters). 180 ECTS. NQF 6.


The first cycle aims to provide a general, organic and integrated formation in the main social disciplines: economics, history, politics, sociology, psychology, communications, law and international relations. It provides the methodological tools for academic research in the social field; it integrates the specific dimensions of social sciences with the study of applied ethics and Christian Social Thought, for a Christian vision of the person and his/her inclusion in society.


To be awarded the Baccalaureate Degree in Social Sciences with 180 ECTS, it is necessary to pass all the required course examinations, as well as the final comprehenisve exam. A Diploma Supplement is available upon request. It puts this degree in the class L-36 (Political Science and International Relations) according to the Italian academic system .

The second cycle, or Licentiate, aims to provide students with an advanced level of formation, with an in-depth knowledge of methodology and of academic/professional content, according to three different specializations:


– Licentiate in Political Sciences and International Relations
– Licentiate in Economic and Business Ethics.
– Licentiate in Economic and Business Ethics: Sports Management


Second Cycle. Duration: 2 years (4 semesters). 120 ECTS. NQF 7


Students can be enrolled in the second cycle who have obtained a baccalaureate degree in our Faculty with a minimum grade of 8/10 as the average of all first cycle examinations and seminars, as well as in the Baccalaureate Final Exam; similarly students can be enrolled in the second cycle who have obtained a first cycle degree (180 credits) in a related subject (possibly with some curriculum requirements still to fulfill) in another Institution, with a sufficient grade to enroll in the second cycle program in the Institution of origin.


The cycle concludes with the examination for the Licentiate academic degree, after passing all the exams and having successfully attended the seminars provided in the study program. The final exam requires the preparation and discussion of a written thesis and the presentation of a lectio coram on a theme chosen from a list previously agreed upon with the Dean, before a commission of three professors.


Notes: 1) The Licentiate in Political Sciences and International Relations belongs to the Italian academic degree class LM-62 (Political Sciences). A Diploma Supplement is available for students upon request. 2) The Licentiate in Economic and Business Ethics: Sports Management, belongs to the Italian academic degree class LM-47. A Diploma Supplement is available for students upon request. For students who are high-level athletes or who work for the institutions of the CCNL CONI-FSN, or CCNL Confederation of Sport, or according to an agreement with the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), the FASS recognizes 3 ECTS in M-EDF/02 Methods and Teaching of Sports Activities and 3 ECTS in IUS/07 Labour Law in Sports.

Third cycle. Duration: 2 years (4 semesters). NQF 8.


The program aims at the development and writing of a academic, original research thesis.


Only students may be admitted to the doctorate who have a canonical licentiate:

a) from our University with a minimum average mark of 8.5/10 in all the examinations and seminars of the second cycle, as well as in the thesis and the final Licentiate exam;

b) from another institution with a sufficient mark to be admitted to the Doctorate in that institution. If the said institution does not have a third cycle, norm 1 will be applied.


Students with a master’s degree, but not a canonical licentiate degree, may apply for a prior assessment of their studies and experience in order to be able to enroll in the licentiate cycle, obtain their corresponding academic degree, and then have the possibility to continue on to the doctorate.


The candidate must prepare an academic thesis under the direction of a professor, one that follows the standards set by our University, is suitable for publication, and which follows the guidelines of the FASS regarding bibliographic referencing. During the cycle, doctorate students may be offered the opportunity to try their skills in teaching and research under the guidance of professors and as a tutor of newer students. Students should inform the Dean, even before enrollment, about the subject they wish to study in their research project, so that the Dean can ascertain the availability of a moderator and a censor. The Dean shall verify the required knowledge of the language/s necessary for the preparation of the dissertation on the part of the student, the moderator and the second reader. During their first year, doctoral students should complete the Methodology Course of the Doctoral Programme (January to June, one Saturday per month, 3 ECTS), after which they submit their dissertation project to the Dean for approval with the completed form available in the FASS secretariat. To be admitted to the defence of the doctoral thesis, the student must have passed all the examinations prescribed in their study programme. The dissertation, minimum 150, maximum 400, pages, with 2000 characters per page, should be written according to the guidelines available on the faculty website. After obtaining approval from his/her moderator, the student should submit the dissertation to the Dean who will designate a second reader (the censor). The censor will review the dissertation. He or she has one month to do so.


The program allows students to achieve the academic degrees granted by the Faculty of Social Sciences (Baccalaureate, Licentiate and Doctorate), in a way that is compatible with work commitments. It is for people who are engaged in a professional activity and cannot regularly attend courses. It follows the European scheme of the “European Qualification Framework” (EQF).


People who already have an Italian degree, or an international equivalent, or a pontifical university degree, in a subject related to social sciences, may see their formation credits already acquired for the various degrees recognized by the faculty. Likewise, even those who do not have a post-high school degree can have their work and professional experience recognized and be exempt from certain elements of the program, according to the European EQF recognition process.


Tutorial meetings (mandatory) focus on interdisciplinary topics in social sciences and provide personalized learning support.


Students in the program are required to frequent one Saturday a month from October to May (8 times per year on dates set at the beginning of the academic year) and during an intensive week in June. One can enter the program either in October (1st semester) or in February (II semester).


Each TUTOR student in the first two cycles must take a series of examinations agreed upon with the Dean for each year chosen from the Faculty’s regular program and take all the exams and hand in the written papers required to receive the mark for the annual program seminar. TUTOR students of the third cycle must frequent the Course for Doctorate Students and take three other examinations, agreed with the Dean, with one year of required attendance in the TUTOR Program seminar, and fulfill all the requirements to receive the mark for the annual program seminar.


The Faculty staff provides each student with the assistance necessary to solve technical-administrative problems and to organize and carry out their studies. Students are held responsible to fulfill all the requirements that are compulsory for all FASS students, except for those from which they have been individually dispensed.

CSR Diploma

Diploma in CSR, Social Innovation and Sustainability


The course aims to train managers and experts who, within the public and private institutions of the country, are able to direct, guide and implement options and actions according to the principles of social innovation and sustainability, taking into account the social demands present in the territory and reference markets. To this end, it offers practical methodological and operational tools for the adoption and dissemination of sustainability practices throughout the entire life cycle of businesses and institutions.


This new edition of the program originates from the experience of the Master in Management and Corporate Social Responsibility, established at the Angelicum since 2003, which in twelve editions formed two-hundred students, workers and professionals. Two elements characterize it:


MULTIDISCIPLINARITY: The complexity faced and the urgency to identify and pursue paths of sustainability (social, economic, environmental, institutional) require a multidisciplinary, integrated and flexible training that allows everyone to take advantage of their own formation, professionalism and experience to operate in an innovative and integrated manner with a view to the common good;


OPENNESS: a culture of sustainability requires the integration of different skills (the course is accessible to graduates of all backgrounds and those who already work –even non graduates– interested in deepening these topics); it must be widely disseminated and understood at all levels of institutional, professional and civic levels in the country, so that sustainable development objectives can be comprehended and pursued (the course is in the Italian language and it is open to dialogue with the areas and different circumstances of the various stakeholders involved in the processes); it must be economically viable (so as not to fall into the elite perspective of many management training offers).


The course is structured in 4-hour modules on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings, where university lecturers and industry professionals alternate frontal lessons with group work and simulations. The course takes place in collaboration with the Coordination Agenda 21 Italian businesses, Confcooperative, Ethics SGR, Next and under the patronage of the Dicastery for the Integral Human Development Service.

NPO Diploma

Diploma in Management of Third Sector Organizations and Social Enterprises


This year in its XX edition, it is aimed at those who intend to develop solid professional skills in the management of non-profit organizations: people from the Third Sector world, graduates from every discipline. The formation program provides the basic elements and deeper insights into the various areas that the manager of a nonprofit organization has to deal with to effectively guide its institutional activities, in a context in which programming, structure management and networking must be treated with great care. Taking into account recent developments in the non-profit sector both at the legislative level and in the economic context, particular attention is paid to the interrelations between communication and fundraising, in order to improve the organization’s economic efficiency and competitiveness in the realization of its social projects.


The course includes: 175 hours of frontal lessons, in a classroom, divided into classes of 5 hours a week, which take place on Wednesdays from 14:30 to 19:15; 100 hours of internship at a Third Sector Organization; a round table of thematic deepening, with the participation of experts from the Third Sector; and the presentation of a final paper on a topic agreed upon with one of the professors.


Attendance and participation in the exams is obligatory. At the end of the course, a diploma will be issued. Auditing students may also participate: a certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.


Online Diploma in Christian Social Thought & Contemporary Society


Faithful to the Church’s guidelines and consistent with the permanent commitment of the Dominican Order to a faith that operates justice, the Faculty of Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Dominican International University (Domuni), launched, since February 2016, a program in the Italian language for the scientific formation in the field of the Church’s social doctrine and Christian ethics, through the Moodle online platform. In addition to its normal curricular topics, special attention is paid to the most pressing problems in contemporary political and economic life. The Faculty, through this Program, intends to form students so that they can carry out in the future a qualified activity for the implementation and promotion of the Church’s social doctrine and growth of an ethical sense in the fields of politics and economics through research, teaching in Academic Institutes and in pastoral, political, economic and social action. The pedagogy adopted aims at providing the theoretical framework for those already involved in these fields; it promotes the cognitive interest of the students, and presents a fixed disciplinary program consisting of:


– General ethics
– Political ethics
– Economic Ethics
– The Church’s Social Doctrine
– History of Christian Social Thinking


The courses are elaborated by professors from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. The Domuni Moodle platform allows everyone the opportunity to enroll, regardless of timetables, location, family or work. In this way, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Domuni offer an online learning experience that is a means of evangelization “beyond the frontier”, trying to apply evangelical principles to the multiform and troubled political and economic reality of today’s world.

Summer School

Summer School


Management of Third Sector / Non Profit Organizations
July 3-14, 2018


Program Description


This two-week, 3 credit programme, held in English at the Angelicum, provides participants with the tools to lead non-profits effectively in an increasingly competitive environment where one must pay great attention to project management and to the management of structures and networks of relationships. Particular attention is paid to the interrelationship between communication and fundraising to improve economic efficiency and competitiveness in the implementation of social projects.