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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 only a sample of those offered in each area. If you do not see a course that you require please contact the AIFS Program Advisor. Semester students may choose up to 5 courses. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of The American College of Greece.

For a full and current list of available courses contact the AIFS Program Advisor.

Full Curriculum Program

Accounting and Finance/AF 2006 (3)
Financial Accounting

Principles, concepts and procedures of financial accounting. Preparation, analysis and interpretation of financial statements in a business context.

Accounting and Finance/AF 3116 (3)
Management Accounting

Theoretical underpinnings of the role of accounting information in cost accumulation, profitability analysis, planning and decision making in business organizations.

Anthropology/AN 1000 (3)
Introduction to Anthropology

Survey course in American anthropology. Biological and social-cultural backgrounds to the science of humanity. Methods of anthropological research.

Anthropology/AN 1003 (3)
Cultural Anthropology

Introduction to culture and cultural anthropology. economic systems, kinship, belief systems, political systems, stratification. comparative and holistic study of contemporary societies and issues.

Anthropology/AN 3020 (3)
Intercultural Communication

The nature of face-to-face interaction between persons from different cultures. The dynamics of intercultural communication. Practice in effective intercultural communication behaviors and in-depth exploration of several different cultures.

Archaeology/AH 1000 (3)
Introduction to Archaeology

An introduction to the basics of the practice, methods and theory of world archaeology. Particular emphasis is given to examples drawn from the broader Mediterranean world.

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. Museum/site fees apply.

Archaeology/Art History/AH 2027 (3)
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.

Art History/AT 1000 (3)
History of Art I

A survey of Western art from the Palaeolithic through the Medieval period.

Art History/AT 2013 (3)
Modern Art

Artistic practices and key works of modern art relating to the period from the 1900s to the early 1960s.

Biology/BI 1000 (3)
Introduction to Biology

An integrated exploration of the fundamentals of biology as a science, the nature of life, biological chemistry, cell biology, metabolism and human body anatomy and function.

Biology/BI 1007 (3)
Environmental Ecology

Fundamentals of the science of ecology, including an introduction to life and the physical environment. Adaptations of organisms and evolution, population structure and regulation, species interactions, community ecology, biodiversity, ecosystems and ecological applications.

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

This course introduces students to the rich world of Greek and Roman mythology by examining and assessing their appearance in literature and material culture. The contribution of these mythologies to the construction of identity and ideologies of the Greeks and Romans will be considered.

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.

Drama/DR 2003 (3)
The Making of Drama

The main elements of theater and how they come together to create a performance. Key practitioners and their work. Theater as a reflection of diverse socio-historical contexts. Key terms used to discuss theatrical productions.

Economics/EC 1000 (3)
Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to economics and the economy. The market system and the market model. Consumer theory, costs, production and the theory of the firm. Pricing and output determination in various market structures.

Environmental Science/ES 1000 (3)
Environmental Science: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Principles of environmental science with emphasis on sustainability, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, the human impact on ecosystems, soil and food production, water resources, conservation and protection of natural resources.

Environmental Science/ES 1005 (3)
Contemporary Environmental Issues

An introduction to contemporary environmental issues; a study of the relationship between humans and the environment, based on an analysis of case studies and with emphasis on sustainable solutions. Selected environmental topics of relevance to modern societies are discussed.

Greek/GR 1000 (3)
Modern Greek I

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

Greek/GR 1101 (3)
Modern Greek II

The course develops students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the Modern Greek language at the A1+ Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students acquire the ability to understand main points of simple narrative or informational texts on familiar topics and communicate in a large variety of formal/informal everyday interactions in a Greek-speaking environment.

Health/HM 1001 (3)
Introduction to Healthcare Management

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.

History/HY2034 (3)
History of Ancient Greece

The history of the ancient Greek world from the rise of the polis to the coming of Rome.

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.

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.

Justice Studies/JS 3038 (3)

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.

Logistics/LM 2020 (3)
Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Overview of the logistics and supply chain industry. The logistics and supply chain context, importance of logistics and supply chain management to value offered, economic impact of logistics and supply chain industry, functions and operations, basic principles.

Marketing/MK 2030 (3)
Fundamentals of Marketing

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.

Music/MU 2030 (3)
Film Music

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.

Oceanography/OC 1001 (4)
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 3010 (3)

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

Political Science/PO 2004 (3)

A critical survey of world diplomacy, from the time of Cardinal Richelieu to American exceptionalism, with emphasis on the twentieth century and contemporary diplomacy.

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 2010 (3)
History of Psychology

This course reviews the advancement of psychological thought, inquiry and practice, by engaging students with the historical development of contemporary paradigms. Ever-increasing specialization in the field can make it challenging to discern the common roots from which the field of psychology has evolved. The course examines the ‘shared past’, which will provide a context for understanding the intellectual history of psychology and how it developed into the discipline we know today.

Psychology/PS 2207 (3)
Developmental Psychology: The Pre-school 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.

Psychology/PS 2257 (3)
Diversity and Social Interaction

This course studies the Psychology of Diversity and social interaction in contemporary times. A comprehensive coverage of basic theories and current research on Diversity is presented, explaining how and why a broad range of social differences influence attitudes, behavior, experiences and social interactions. The origins and forms of stereotypes and prejudice are examined, implications of stigma and social inequalities are discussed, in addition to addressing a variety of preventative and interventions strategies at the individual and societal level.

Psychology/PS 4723 (3)
Stress and Coping

Integrative approach to the scientific study of the causes, symptoms and consequences of stress. Theoretical and practical concepts to the study of stress are examined, with an outlook to stress management techniques. Success and failing of coping mechanisms are referred to. Adjustments in the areas of interpersonal relationships, school and college life and in the workplace are examined.

Sociology/SO 1000 (3)
Sociology of Modern Life

Discussion of various social institutions dominating life in any society, such as economy, political organization, family, religion, education. Presentation of social change in its different forms, both locally and globally.

Sociology/SO 2030 (3)
Social Problems

Poverty, racism, drugs, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, mental illness, anti–social behavior, terrorism and collective violence. Why are these problems social? How are they given meaning and what are the implications of such meaning? What are their social causes? Conflicts between sociological perspectives. What are the implications of social problems for social policy?

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.

Sociology/SO 3035 (3)
Migration and the Global Age

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.

Sports Management/SM 2001 (3)
Introduction to Sports Management

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.

Sports Management/SM 2015 (3)
Introduction to Sports Psychology

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.

Sports Management/SM 3003 (3)
Olympic Games and Mega Sports Events

Planning, development, and operational aspects of mega sports 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, mega sports events. Olympic Games, their historical development and their evolution to the modern Olympics.

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 2204 (3) Digital Citizenship: Netizens and Cyberselves
  • HHU 2206 (3) Mediated Lives: Avatars, Cyborgs and Virtual Realities
  • HHU 2207 (3) Constructions of Desire: Representations of Eroticism in Western Culture
  • HHU 2208 (3) Poverty as Spectacle from the Odyssey to the Greek Crisis
  • HHU 2209 (3) The City of Athens: Landscape, Narrative and Urban Memory
  • HHU 2210 (3) Between Reality and Imagination: Constructions of Modern Cityscapes
  • HHU 2216 (3) Gaming the Past
  • HHU 2218 (3) Food In/As Culture: Perspectives in Greek Culinary Traditions
  • HNS 2285 (3) Greening the Campus
  • HSS 2201 (3) Career Building through Social Media
  • 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


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