SUNY Geneseo: Athens - Humanities Course

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Humanities I is a required course for Geneseo students, and satisfies SUNY's Western Civilization general education requirement.  Based on great works, it examines the search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning in the institu... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.2
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I gained a feeling of independence that I had not felt in a very long time. It may sound corny, but the experience almost jump started me, and gave me a little bit of inspiration that was much needed. Everything in life does not have to be so black and white, and traveling around, seeing how other people live, changes your outlo... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and others. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Definitely. Just the nature of immersing yourself in another culture has so many amazing benefits. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Although the program itself was not my favorite being with the people I was with and seeing all the amazing and beautiful places made it most definitely worth while. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. It's very intriguing to see how another culture functions and to try to fit in, and I learned so much from the course itself and just living in Greece. The country is beautiful, and the desserts are especially delicious! - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
No, the professor made the trip not enjoyable due to the amount of work that was expected of us. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
It was the best thing I've ever done! I learned a lot about everything. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
It was extremely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and traveling. I gained so many new friends and have amazing memories to tell everyone back home. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
It was great to be able to actually live in a different country for a month. Along with being able to see many different places in Greece, I really feel like I gained a much better understanding of the culture itself. The course did require a bit of work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend taking Humn I with ... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
The trip motivated me to want to do a lot more traveling and see more of the world. The trip was definitely worthwhile, but that was because the other students and I took the initiative to plan things and make it that way. It helped me realize that there are things going on around the world that can affect us and that we need to... - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
Yes, I think it was worthwhile. I gained understanding about other countries in respect to how much America has and how much we take for granted while we are here. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review
i loved it. the only issue was my professor who i dont think realized that being abroad and taking a class is much different then taking it in a classroom at Geneseo. There were alot of time that there was too much work expected of us that it ruined the time. - SUNY - College at Geneseo View Entire Review

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Humanities I is a required course for Geneseo students, and satisfies SUNY's Western Civilization general education requirement.  Based on great works, it examines the search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from its beginnings to 1600.  Students taking Humanities I in Athens for four weeks are not only made intimate with the published works of the period, they can actually experience the location of so much of the course's content--in Athens and through field trips.  There is ample free time to explore Athens and its surroundings and to take trips to places like the renowned Greek Islands.

Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece, when Pericles ordered the building of the Parthenon, when the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus, and when democracy brought all citizens together to decide their common fate on the Pnyx Hill.  Athens is built around the Acropolis which the goddess Athena was said to have dropped as a bulwark to defend the city.  Dominating the Athenian landscape, the Acropolis is unsurpassed in beauty, architectural splendor, and historical importance.

Athens currently has over four million people and is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.  The hosting of the Olympics in the summer of 2004 has resulted in many renovations and projects that have added to the reputation of the city as one of the world's top tourist attractions.  Our apartment residences and academic building are located in Plaka, the heart of the city's political, cultural, and social center.  Furthermore, the timing of our trip precedes the high-tourist season and highest summer temperatures.

The program includes a 4-day overnight excursion to Delphi, Nafpatkos, Olympia, Kalamata, Mystra, Sparta, Monemvasia, Mycenae, and Epidaurus to see ruins and archelogical sites, visit museums, and go to the theater. Also, new for 2019 the program will include an excursion to the islands of Mykonos and Patmos.

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