Greece: Humanities I in Athens

HUMN 220, or 'HUMN I', is the first installment of Geneseo's Humanities-core requirement, and is a required course for all Geneseo students.  The course examines the moral, social, and political foundations of Western Civilization.  Students taking this course in Athens will have the chance to experience the location of much of the course's content.


Fast Facts

Program Type: Faculty-ledTerm/Duration: Summer/4-weeksSummer 2014 Program Dates: May 20 - June 20, 2014
Credits: 4Application Fee: $20Application Deadline: October 18
Estimated Study Abroad Fee: $6,079.50Estimated Tuition: $983.40 NYS Residents; $2,555.40 Out-of-State ResidentsApplication: Online - Apply Now!

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Course Details

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. 


The Setting

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.


Pre-departure orientation is offered through meetings on campus.  Non-Geneseo students will be oriented through published materials and personal communications with the Study Abroad Office and course instructor.


The course instructor for the Summer 2014 Humanities I course in Athens will be Dr. Graham Drake, email  The program administrator will Prof. Joanna Kirk, email

Program Costs

For complete cost details, download and read the HUMN I Athens Program Cost Sheet.

Estimated Total Due to Geneseo and/or home SUNY Campus: $7,082.90.


  • International airfare from major east coast metro area airport.
  • Accommodations.
  • One main meal per day, plus some group meals.
  • Teaching facilities.
  • Field trips, scheduled museum and entrance fees, guided tours, guest lectures, etc.

Does Not Include:

  • Passport.
  • Travel from your home to major east coast metro area airport.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Flight Deviation Fee (if applicable).

Housing and Meals

While in Athens students reside in furnished apartments approved and arranged by the University of Indianapolis Athens, host institution and site of SUNY Geneseo's 'Odyssey in Athens' semester/summer study abroad programs. 


Students must be in good academic standing, with no financial obligations to the college.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings should alert the Study Abroad Office.  The course will have a limited enrollment.  Geneseo students are given preference, however all students may apply.

Application Deadline

October 18

Humanities Selection Procedures