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Distinguished Scholars: Tracing the Roots of Western Civilization in Classical Greece
Athens, Greece; Corinth, Greece; Delphi, Greece; London, United Kingdom; Nauplion, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Housing Options:
Hostel, Hotel
Course Leader:
O'Hara, David, Wentzel, Rocki
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Participation in Distinguished Scholars program
Additional Fees:
$50 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:
Distinguished Scholars: Tracing the Toots of Western Civilization in Classical Greece


Academic Overview
Western civilization owes an enormous debt to developments in humane sciences around the Golden Age of Athens (478-404 BC). Democracy, political science, medicine, natural philosophy, tragedy and comedy all find significant roots in ancient Greece.  The aim of this course is to bring students into direct contact with a major strain of their intellectual and cultural heritage by traveling to Greece and by visiting sites of historical significance.  On this trip, students will learn the history and culture of classical Greece, learn the rudiments of ancient and modern Greek language, research one pre-assigned site, and keep a travel journal.

This is a one credit elective course.

Comprehensive Fee
Costs: $800 plus $50 IPO Administrative Fee.
Comprehensive Fee includes round trip airfare, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, accommodations in twin and triple rooms, and some meals.  See Professor O'Hara for complete details on what is included, and for an estimated budget for extra costs and spending money. 

Student must be a Distinguished Scholar invited to participate.

Required Readings
Students will be provided with a course packet of readings.

Hitchens, Christopher. The Parthenon Marbles: The Case for Restitution.

10% Greek Language Component/quiz
40% Presence
25% Site Report
25% Travel Journal

Program Directors
Dr. David O'Hara, Ph.D., Augustana College                605.274.4890
Dr. Rocki Wentzel, Ph.D., Augustana College              605.274.5401

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2016 12/01/2015 12/01/2015 TBA TBA