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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Study Abroad - Greece

GREECE – CYA: College Year in Athens
International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies 

Single- or full-year program
Language of instruction: English
Approximately 120 students/semester

This is intended as a stand-alone junior-level study abroad program. Curriculum is divided into two areas, Ancient Greek Civilization Studies and East Mediterranean Area Studies. Students take an array of courses in either area, with a choice of levels of study depending on preparation. Modern Greek language courses are strongly recommended. Ancient Greek language instruction is available.

The following courses are eligible for WU Philosophy or Religious Studies credit:

From the Ancient Greek Civilization Studies area:

Greek Philosophy: The Nature of First Principles and of Ultimate Reality ≈ PHIL 301 or PHIL 350
An examination of selected works by Plato and Aristotle, as well as surviving fragments of certain pre-Socratic philosophers pertaining to metaphysics. The course emphasizes the philosophical development of critical metaphysical issues but focuses on the manner in which Aristotle responded to Plato, especially with respect to problems related to the notions of substance and being.

Greek Philosophy: The Good Life and the Common Good ≈ PHIL 301 or PHIL 350
This course examines the ethical and political ideas of classical Greek philosophy. It focuses first on Plato and Aristotle and attempts a comparison with Stoic and Epicurean doctrines. Plato's Symposium and Phaedo, and excerpts from the Republic are explored before a concentration on Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Politics. The contrast between Hellenistic ethical and political views with the corresponding structures of Platonic and Aristotelian philosophers is emphasized.

Ancient Greek Mythology and Religion. ≈ RELG 350
The purpose of the course is to provide a knowledge and a method of "reading" Greek myths of the Archaic and Classical periods in their cultural and historical context. The course, among other things, will examine the nature of Greek myth and its representation in Greek art. It will also explore how the artistic representation of myth reflected social and religious institutions and practices; and finally, it will investigate how myth is related to religion.

From the East Mediterranean area:

The Religions of the Middle East: A Comparative Approach ≈ RELG 350
This course serves as an introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the three “Abrahamic” faiths. Though historical context will be important to our study, the course will be organized thematically as a means of trying to capture the key differences as well as similarities among the three religions. The main themes to be addressed include: Scripture & Tradition, Monotheism, Authority, Worship & Ritual, Ethics, Art, and Religion and the Political Orders. In view of significant contemporary events, an ongoing effort will be made to examine the role of each religion in the 21st century. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary.

The Orthodox Church ≈ RELG 350
This course will introduce the student to the Orthodox Church, the largest of the Eastern Christian Churches. It will explore the history, faith, liturgy and spirituality of the Orthodox Church by means of lectures, readings, audio-visual presentations, discussion, and personal experience. The goals and objectives of this course are to familiarize the student with the rich history, heritage and tradition of the Orthodox Church in particular and with the Christian East in general; to explore the Orthodox Church in its natural setting; to discover the common spiritual foundation and background of Christianity in East and West; and to compare/contrast the spiritual tradition of the Orthodox Church with one’s own faith tradition.