Study Abroad in Athens, Greece

Study Abroad in Athens: Courses

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Over 1000 ACG courses are available to AIFS students on the Full Curriculum program. The courses listed below are only a sample of those offered in each area. If you do not see a course that you require, please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer. 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 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.

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

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

Art History/Archaeology/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 3022(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.

Classical Literature/CL 1004 (3) | Myth in the Ancient Greek and Roman World

Introduction to the rich world of Greek and Roman mythology with an examination of their appearance in literature and culture.

Communications/CN 2301 (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 1001 (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; re-integration. Study of the role, organization, ethics and limitations of law enforcement, courts and corrections. 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

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.

Greek/GR 1000 (3) | Modern Greek I

This course develops a student’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Modern Greek.

History/HY 3060 (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 3061 (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/HSS 2211 (3) | Private Stories, Public Stories: Personal Narratives in Social/Historical Perspectives

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 conducting interviews; handling materials ethically and responsibly; and composing and editing research documents and projects. Major emphasis is placed on experiential learning as much of the course will involve 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

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 2030 (3) | Fundamentals 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

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 3010 (3) | Ethics

An introduction to basic problems and theories of modern philosophy. The use of reasoning in moral assessment of actions and persons.

Psychology/PS 1001 (3) | 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.

Psychology/PS 2207 (3) | Developmental Psychology: The Preschool Years

Theoretical approaches and methodological issues, biocultural foundations of development, prenatal development and birth, physical, cognitive and socioemotional development in infancy and early childhood. Emphasis on ecological and contextual perspective on development and on the practical implications of developmental science behavior.

Sociology/SO 3007 (3) | Health and Society

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 2300 (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.

Additional Courses

AIFS students have also taken these courses in the past:

  • Anthropology/AN 2010 (3): Greek Folklore
  • Art/AR 1005 (3): Fundamentals of 2D Forms: Color and Design I
  • Art History/AT 1000 (3): History of Art
  • Archaeology/AH 1002 (3): The Archaeology of Daily Life
  • Art History/AT 3017 (3): Modern Greek Art
  • Biology/BI 1017 (3): Human Biology: Body Anatomy and Current Issues
  • Chemistry/CH1002 (3): Principles of Chemistry
  • Communications/CN 2203 (3): Fundamentals of Public Relations
  • Communications/CN 2305 (3): Multimedia Lab
  • Communications/CN 3410 (3): Communications in Advertising
  • Communications/CN 4632 (3): Communication Research Methods
  • Dance/DA 2050 (3): Contemporary Dance I
  • Drama/Literature/Classics/CL 3224 (3): Ancient Greek Drama in Translation
  • Drama/Literature/EN 2244 (3): Perspectives on Drama
  • Economics/EC 2011 (3): Economic History of Europe
  • Environmental Science/ES 1000 (3): Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • History/HY 1000 (3): Survey of Western Civilization I
  • History/HY 3002 (3): Great Thinkers and Their Ideas
  • History/HY 3009 (3): The Spartans
  • History/HY 3026 (3): Middle East: A Crossroad
  • History/HY 2034 (3): History of Ancient Greece
  • History/HY 4041 (3): Russia and the USSR
  • International Business/IB 3008 (3): Business in the European Union
  • Language Courses – French, German, Italian, and Spanish
  • Literature/GL 2224 (3): Currents in Modern Greek Literature
  • Management/MG 3034 (3): Managing People and Organizations
  • Management/MG 4343 (3): Operations Management
  • Mathematics/MA 2010 (3): Statistics  I
  • Music/MU 4031 (3): Studies in Modern Greek Music
  • Philosophy/PH 2020 (3): Greek Philosophy
  • Philosophy/PH 3005 (3): Business Ethics
  • Political Science/PO 2000 (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 3002 (3): Environment 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.

Each semester the offerings will vary. Previous options included:

  • HFP 2202 Documentary Photography
  • HFP 2205 The Sound of the Future: Sonic Fiction, Science Fiction and Creative Coding
  • HHU 2209 The City of Athens as Myth: Landscape, Narrative and Urban Memory
  • HHU 2216 Gaming the Past
  • HNS 2285 Greening the Campus
  • HSS 2204 Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyberselves
  • HSS 2206 Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs and Virtual Realities
  • HSS 2207 Constructions of Desire: Representations of Eroticism in Western Culture
  • HSS 2208: Poverty as Spectacle from the Odyssey to the Greek Crisis
  • HSS 2210 Between Reality and Imagination: Constructions of Modern Cityscapes
  • HSS 2212 The Future of Capitalism
  • HSS 2214 Laughing it off: Forms and Uses of Modern Political Satire
  • HSS 2215 Rebels Without a Cause: Cultural Expressions of 20th and 21st century Youth Subcultures
  • HSS 2217 Game On: Game Design and Social Interactions
  • HSS 2220 Strolling Incognito in Athens: The Art of City Walkabouts
  • HSS 2221 Performing Masculinities