Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Study Abroad in Athens: Courses

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Over 1,000 ACG courses are available to AIFS students on the Full Curriculum program. The courses listed below are a sample of those that have been offered in past semesters. If you do not see a course that you require, please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer or visit

Semester students may choose up to 5 courses and Intensive (Fall Quarter students) up to 3 courses. Some courses listed are not available on the Intensive Fall Quarter program. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of DEREE - The American College of Greece.

Full Curriculum Program

Accounting and Finance/AF 3105 (3) | Principles of Finance

Basic principles, methods and techniques of financial management and their application within a business.

Anthropology/AN 2011 (3) | Anthropology in Greece Today

Folkloric studies in twentieth-century Greece including a survey and critical appreciation of collections of oral literature.

Archaeology/AH 1000 (3) | Introduction to Archaeology

A brief survey of archaeology in the ancient Near East, Egypt and Greece in light of recent excavations. Students will study the aims, history, theory and methods of archaeology with emphasis on the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

Archaeology/AH 2122 (3) | Topographies and Monuments of Ancient Athens

A site-based introduction to the topography and monuments of Athens from the Geometric period up to the Roman period. Please note: Students should budget $100-200 for museum entrance fees.

Studio Art/AR 2023 (3) | Figure Drawing I

Introduction to drawing the human figure - posture, movement and characteristics of the human body.

Art History/AH 2027 (3) | Aspects of Greek Art in Athens

An introductory exploration of aspects of Greek art, broadly defined chronologically, through “hands on experience,” utilizing the collections available in museums, in galleries and on sites in Athens. Students should budget $100-200 for museum entrance fees.

Classical Literature/CL 2122 (3) | Classical Greek Literature and Culture

A study, in English translation, of some of the most important works of Greek literature, placing them within their cultural context.

Communications/CN 2201 (3) | Contemporary Mass Communication

Overview of the mass media industry including the history and the role of mass media in shaping public opinion.

Justice Studies/JS 1011 (3) | Introduction to Criminal Justice

Overview of the American criminal justice system. Examination of its various phases: investigation and detection of crimes by the police; prosecution of alleged offenders; adjudication of cases by courts; imprisonment of convicted offenders; reintegration. Study of the role, organization, ethics and limitations of law enforcement, courts and corrections. Study of their interactions and interdependence. Emphasis on the IV and V Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Drama/DR 1026 (3) | Theater in Athens

Looking at current trends of theater in Athens, students will attend a wide spectrum of theater performances and analyze their attributes in the classroom.

Economics/EC 3221 (3) | Economic Development of Modern Greece

This course focuses on major trends in the Greek economy since WWII including fiscal and monetary policies and a discussion of problems like inflation, tax evasion, the public debt, balance of payments, education and security. This course also includes Greece’s accession to the EEC, membership of the Eurozone and the onset of crisis in 2009-10.

History/HY 2060 (3) | Greece: The Birth of a Modern Nation

Historical, political and cultural developments in Greece from the Revolution to the age of Venizelos. Covers the birth and building of the modern Greek state.

History/HY 2061 (3) | Modern Greece: A Troubled History

Developments in Greece from the Balkan Wars and the National Schism to the present. Particular attention is paid to the role of Greece in the two world wars, the causes and consequences of the Civil War and the Dictatorship of 1967-1974 and the nature of the restored democracy after the fall of the junta.

Honors HHU/HSS 2211 (3) | Private Stories, Public Stories: Personal Narratives in Social/Historical Perspectives

Minimum 3.5 GPA required
The course explores the interrelationship of private stories and public experience through study of the characteristics and function of oral story-telling. Focus is placed on the connection between story-telling, personal memory, and social/historical experience. Students are exposed to the techniques and processes of oral history, such as researching the subject; conducting interviews; handling materials ethically and responsibly; preserving personal narratives; and composing and editing research documents and projects. Using an interdisciplinary approach (that combines history with sociology and communication) and a variety of different texts (theoretical, oral, visual), the course aims to sensitize students to the functions and significance of orality as a means of articulating as well as shaping history and experience, both private and public. Major emphasis is placed on experiential learning of the subject, as much of the course will involve on-site instruction and direct contact with the object of study. Students will work under the guidance of the instructor on specified subjects that will vary from semester to semester.
This course includes 15 hours of service learning within the community in Athens. Previous students have worked with the refugee population as part of this service component. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required for this International Honors Course.

International Business/IB 2006 (3) | International Business

Essentials of international business including the international business environment, international business law, cross-cultural interaction, international accounting, international finance, comparative management, international marketing, and global corporations.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management/HT 1001 (3) | Introduction to Tourism and the Hospitality Industry

Introduction to the study of tourism and the nature and scope of the Tourism and Hospitality industries. Topics include: Origins and growth of tourism, tourism as a global phenomenon, demand and supply of tourism, the Greek tourism industry and its role in the Greek economy, the structure of the tourism industry and future prospects for Greek and international tourism.

International Tourism and Hospitality Management/HT 3113 (3) | Tourism Planning and Development

Principles for tourism development and planning based on a comprehensive, coordinated and managed approach. Stakeholders involved in the development of tourism policy and planning and complexities of economic, social and political factors involved. Integrated analysis of the strategic planning process at the international and supranational levels, illustrated with (international) case studies. Impacts of tourism policies on tourism businesses and entrepreneurial activity.

Marketing/MK 2050 (3) | Principles of Marketing

Basic understanding of marketing concepts and processes including key marketing decision areas in product development, pricing, distribution and promotion.

Music/MU 1000 (3) | Music I

Survey of the basic elements of music: style, form, performance media and interpretation. Focus on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music.

Oceanography/OC 1001 (3) | Life in the Oceans

Principles of chemical and biological oceanography with emphasis on chemical and biological processes, the properties and origin of water and salts, major constituents, dissolved gases and nutrients, the carbon dioxide system, coastal processes, the biological productivity of the oceans, ecology, distribution and classification of marine organisms, ocean resources and ocean pollution.

Philosophy/PH 1000 (3) | Introduction to Philosophy

Overview of major philosophical figures and schools of thought. Discussion of the most influential philosophical answers to ‘big’ questions about reality, ourselves and our place in it. Examination of the relation of philosophy to other disciplines and its role in daily life.

Philosophy/PH 1001 (3) | Psychology as a Social Science

Overview of the field of psychology as a social science: theoretical perspectives and research methods, life-span development, mental abilities, personality theory and assessment, stress and coping, psychological disorders and treatment, social behavior.

Sociology/SO 2007 (3) | Health and Society

Medical sociology and contrasting ideas about health and social behavior. Health in relation to age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, social stress, health and illness behavior as well as healing options in American society. The sick role, doctor–patient interaction, the role of physicians, nurses, midwives. The development of hospitals, their organization and the rising cost of health care delivery. Health care delivery in the USA, the first world and formerly socialist countries as well as in other countries.

Speech/SP 2200 (3) | Presentation Skills

Contemporary communication theory, rhetoric and principles of speech writing. Development, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive presentations. Training in verbal and non-verbal skills.

Writing Program/ WP 1010 (3) | Introduction to Academic Writing

Introduction to reading, writing, and thinking skills central to academic discourse. Emphasis is placed on summarizing and critically responding to non-fiction texts.

AIFS students have also taken these courses in the past:

  • Anthropology/AN 2010 (3): Greek Folklore
  • Art/AR 1005 (3): Fundamentals of Design
  • Art History/AT 1000 (3): History of Art
  • Art History/AH 1002 (3): The Archaeology of Daily Life
  • Art History/AT 2017 (3): Modern Greek Art
  • Biology/BI 1006 (3): Human Biology and Current Issues
  • Chemistry/CH1002 (3): Principles of Chemistry
  • Communications/CN 2203 (3): Public Relations
  • Communications/CN 2405 (3): Multimedia Lab
  • Communications/CN 3210 (3): Communications in Advertising
  • Communications/CN 3532 (3): Communication Research Methods
  • Dance/DA1050 (3): Contemporary Dance I
  • Drama/Literature/Classics/CL 3224 (3):Ancient Greek Drama in Translation
  • Drama/Literature/EN 2344 (3): Introduction to Drama
  • Economics/EC2011 (3): Economic History of Europe
  • Environmental Science/ES 1011 (3): Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • Greek/GR 1101(3): Modern Greek II
  • History/HY 1000 (3): Survey of Western Civilization I
  • History/HY 2002 (3): Great Thinkers and Their Ideas
  • History/HY 2009 (3): The Spartans
  • History/HY 2026 (3): Middle East
  • History/HY 2034 (3): History of Ancient Greece
  • History/HY 3010 (3): Ancient Greek Mythology and Religion
  • History/HY 3041 (3): Russia and the Soviet Union
  • International Business/IB 3208 (3): Business in the European Union
  • Language Courses – French, German, Italian, Modern Greek and Spanish
  • Literature/GL 2224 (3): Currents in Modern Greek Literature
  • Management/MG 2034 (3): Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management
  • Management/MG 3343 (3): Operations Management
  • Mathematics/MA 2118 (3): Statistics for Business and Economics I
  • Music/MU 3531 (3): Studies in Twentieth Century Greek Music
  • Philosophy/PH 2020 (3): Greek Philosophy
  • Philosophy/PH 2005 (3): Business Ethics
  • Philosophy/PH 2010 (3): Ethics
  • Political Science/PO 1000 (3) Political Organization
  • Political Science/PO 2004 (3): Diplomacy
  • Sociology/SO 1000 (3): Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology/SO 1001 (3): Sociology of Modern Life
  • Sociology/SO 2002 (3): Environment and Society
  • Sociology/SO 2007 (3): Health and Society

International Honors Program

AIFS students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above are eligible to apply for the International Honors Program at the American College of Greece where they will be able to choose from a select number of 3-credit Honors seminars. Below are details of Honors seminars which have been offered in the past. Each semester 2 or 3 of these seminars are offered.

  • HHU 2230 Antigone's Dilemma: Citizenship and Resistance in the Contemporary World (3 US credits)
  • HFP 2205 The Sound of the Future: Sonic Fiction, Science Fiction and Creative Coding (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2206 Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs, and Virtual Realities (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2207 Constructions of Desire: Representations of Eroticism in Western Culture(3 US credits)
  • HSE 2205 Mathematics and Human Experience (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2204 Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyberselves (3 US credits)
  • HSS 2225 Innovation in Action: A Design-Thinking Laboratory (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2208 Poverty as Spectacle from the Odyssey to the Greek Crisis (3 US credits)
  • HSE 2215 Human Consciousness: From Brain to Subjectivity (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2210 Between Reality and Imagination: Constructions of Modern Cityscapes (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2211 Private Stories, Public Stories: Personal Narratives in Social/Historical Perspectives (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2203 In the Mouth of Madness: Depictions of Insanity in Western Culture (3 US credits)
  • HSS 2220 Strolling Incognito in Athens: the Art of City Walkabouts (3 US credits)
  • HSS 2207 Game On: Game Design and Social Interactions (3 US credits)
  • HSS 2215 Rebels Without a Cause: Cultural Expressions of 20th and 21st- century Youth Subcultures (3 US credits)
  • HSS/HHU 2221 Performing Masculinities (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2214 Laughing it Off: Forms and Uses of Modern Political Satire (3 US credits)
  • HNS 2285 Greening the Campus (4 US credits)
  • HSS 2212 The Future of Capitalism (3 US credits)
  • HFP 2202 Documentary Photography (3 US credits)
  • ENH 2286 Fairy Tales Formed and Transformed (3 US credits)
  • HHU/HSS 2202 Electr(a)fying Passions: the Transformations of the Electra Myth from Antiquity to Contemporary Culture (3 US credits)
  • HHU 2209 The City as Myth: Landscape, Narrative and Urban Memory (3 US credits)
  • HXX 22XX The White Rider: Infectious Disease Across History (3 US credits)
  • HHU 22XX Gaming the Past (3 US credits)
  • HXX 22XX Food In/As Culture: Perspectives on Greek Culinary Traditions (3 US credits)