AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Athens, Greece
Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
Course Descriptions


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

Course Code and Credits: Accounting and Finance/AF 2006 (3)
Course Title: Financial Accounting
Course Description:
Principles, concepts and procedures of financial accounting. Preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements in a business context.
Course Code and Credits: Accounting and Finance/AF 3116 (3)
Course Title: Management Accounting
Course Description:
Theoretical underpinnings of the role of accounting information in cost accumulation, profitability analysis, planning and decision making in business organizations.
Course Code and Credits: Anthropology/AN 2011 (3) 
Course Title: Anthropology in Greece Today
Course Description:
Folkloric studies in 20th-century Greece including a survey and critical appreciation of collections of oral literature.
Course Code and Credits: Archaeology/AH 1000 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Archaeology
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Archaeology/AH 2122 (3)
Course Title: Topographies and Monuments of Ancient Athens
Course Description:
A site-based introduction to the topography and monuments of Athens from the Geometric period up to the Roman period. Museum/site fees apply.
Course Code and Credits: Archaeology/Art History/AH 2027 (3)
Course Title: Greek Art in Athens
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Studio Art/AR 2023 (3)
Course Title: Figure Drawing I
Course Description:
Introduction to drawing the human figure - posture, movement and characteristics of the human body. 
Course Code and Credits: Classical Literature/CL 3022 (3)
Course Title: Classical Greek Literature and Culture
Course Description:
A study, in English translation, of some of the most important works of Greek literature, placing them within their cultural context. Museum/site fees apply.
Course Code and Credits: Communications/CN 2301 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Mass Communication
Course Description:
Overview of the mass media industry including the history and the role of mass media in shaping public opinion.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/EC 3221 (3)
Course Title: Economic Development of Modern Greece 
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Greek/GR 1000 (3)
Course Title: Modern Greek I
Course Description:
This course develops a student’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Modern Greek. 
Course Code and Credits: Health/HM 1001 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Healthcare Management
Course Description:
Introduction to management concepts and theories for healthcare organizations. External and internal environments of organizations are identified, as well as key management functions, roles, and responsibilities. Essential aspects of healthcare management are addressed.
Course Code and Credits: History/HY 3060 (3)
Course Title: Greece: The Birth of a Modern Nation
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: History/HY 3061 (3)
Course Title: Modern Greece: A Troubled History
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Honors/HSS 2211 (3)
Course Title: Private Stories, Public Stories; Personal Narratives in Social/Historical Perspectives
Course Description:

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.

Course Code and Credits: International Business/IB 2006 (3)
Course Title: International Business
Course Description:
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. 
Course Code and Credits: International Tourism and Hospitality Management/HT 1001 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Tourism and the Hospitality Industry
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Justice Studies/JS 1001 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Justice Studies/JS 3038 (3)
Course Title: Criminology
Course Description:
General introduction to the study of crime and criminology. Nature of crime and theories of crime causation. Extent of crime and measurement issues. Types of crimes: violent crimes, crimes against property, hi-tech crimes, crimes against public order, white-collar and corporate crimes, international crimes. Society’s reaction to crime. Criminology and public policy. 
Course Code and Credits: Marketing/MK 2030 (3)
Course Title: Fundamentals of Marketing
Course Description:
This course provides an understanding of basic marketing concepts, as they are used in different profit and not-for-profit organizations. Marketing mix, segmentation, targeting, positioning, principles of consumer behavior, marketing research.
Course Code and Credits: Music/MU 2030 (3)
Course Title: Film Music
Course Description:
Students will study the evolution of film music as a major art form of the 20th- and 21st century and examine the stylistic, structural, aesthetic and technical issues of film scoring in relation to various historical periods, socio-economic contexts and technological developments. Selected film scores from the silent era and the golden age of Hollywood to the present time will be studied, aiming to enhance critical understanding and appreciation of the art of film music and its relationship to film image.
Course Code and Credits: Oceanography/OC 1001 (4)
Course Title: Life in the Oceans
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Philosophy/PH 3010 (3)
Course Title: Ethics
Course Description:
An introduction to basic problems and theories of modern philosophy. The use of reasoning in moral assessment of actions and persons. 
Course Code and Credits: Psychology/PS 1001 (3)
Course Title: Psychology as a Social Science
Course Description:
Theoretical perspectives and research methods, life-span development, mental abilities, personality theory and assessment, stress and coping, psychological disorders and treatment, social behavior.
Course Code and Credits: Psychology/PS 2207 (3)
Course Title: Developmental Psychology: The Pre-school Years
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology/SO 3007 (3)
Course Title: Health and Society
Course Description:
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.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology/SO 3035 (3)
Course Title: Migration and the Global Age
Course Description:
Migration flows in the 21st century. The imports of major trends like globalization and transnationalism. Emphasis on assimilation/integration and multiculturalism, inclusion and exclusion, ethnic and racial minorities, citizenship, migrant associations and networks, gender and labor. Migration in Greece, the EU, the U.S.
Course Code and Credits: Sports Management/SM 2001 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Sports Management
Course Description:
Introduction to sports management; definition and history of sport, the social and cultural dimension of sport, the sport industry including sport media and sports events, the main functions of sports management and legal and ethical issues in sport; professional, amateur and community sports.
Course Code and Credits: Sports Management/SM 2015 (3)
Course Title: Introduction to Sports Psychology
Course Description:
Introduction to the basic concepts of sport psychology theory and practice. Psychology of the athlete at the individual level, including motivation, goal-setting, peak performance, self-confidence, anxiety regulation, and at the team level, including group processes, leadership styles and effective communication.
Course Code and Credits: Sports Management/SM 3003 (3)
Course Title: Olympic Games and Mega Sports Events
Course Description:
Planning, development, and operational aspects of sports mega events. Concepts of personnel issues, event and facility management, marketing, promotion, leadership, budgeting, fundraising, ethics, as well as the sociological, economic, and political significance of bids for, and the hosting of, sports mega events. Olympic Games, their historical development and their evolution to modern Olympics.

Additional Courses

AIFS students have also taken these courses in the past:

  • Anthropology/AN 2010 (3) Greek Folklore and Ethnography
  • Archaeology/Art History/AH 1002 (3) The Archaeology of Daily Life
  • Art/AR 1005 (3) Fundamentals of 2D Forms - Color and Design
  • Art History/AT 1000 (3) History of Art
  • Art History/AT 3017 (3) Modern Greek Art
  • Biology/BI 1016 (3) Human Biology: Genetic and Evolutionary Aspects of Life
  • Chemistry/CH 1002 (4) 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 2018 (3) Body Awareness and Movement
  • 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 (4) Ecosystems and Biodiversity
  • History/HY 1000 (3) Survey of Western Civilization I
  • History/HY 2034 (3) History of Ancient Greece
  • History/HY 3026 (3) Middle East
  • 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 2063 (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 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 (3) Documentary Photography
  • HFP 2205 (3) The Sound of the Future: Sonic Fiction, Science Fiction and Creative Coding
  • HHU 2209 (3) The City of Athens: Landscape, Narrative and Urban Memory
  • HHU 2216 (3) Gaming the Past
  • HNS 2285 (3) Greening the Campus
  • HSS 2201 (3) Career Building through Social Media
  • HSS 2204 (3) Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyberselves
  • HSS 2206 (3) Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs and Virtual Realities
  • HSS 2207 (3) Constructions of Desire: Representations of Eroticism in Western Culture
  • HSS 2208 (3) Poverty as Spectacle from the Odyssey to the Greek Crisis
  • HSS 2210 (3) Between Reality and Imagination: Constructions of Modern Cityscapes
  • HSS 2212 (3) The Future of Capitalism
  • HSS 2214 (3) Laughing it Off: Forms and Uses of Modern Political Satire
  • HSS 2215 (3) Rebels Without a Cause: Cultural Expressions of 20th and 21st century Youth Subcultures
  • HSS 2217 (3) Game On: Game Design and Social Interactions
  • HSS 2220 (3) Strolling Incognito in Athens: The Art of City Walkabouts
  • HSS 2221 (3) Performing Masculinities