Study Abroad in Greece

In and Beyond the Great Classrooms of Athens

The Bucknell/Penn State in Athens spring 2019 program is open to all eligible Bucknell students. Based in the heart of Athens, located blocks from the Olympic Stadium and within walking distance of the Parthenon and Athenian Acropolis, this study abroad program provides students with the opportunity to study Classics, History, and Greek, while taking full advantage of this location in a major European capital.

  • Experience the spectacular archaeological sites of Greece
  • Examine the history and archaeology of the Greeks and discover some of the roots of later cultures
  • Explore museums containing famous relics of ancient civilizations
  • Volunteer with the refugee community in and beyond Athens
  • Enjoy Greek architecture, food, weather, and people


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City States of Classical Greece (M. & M. L. Munn)
The history of classical Greece from the time of the Persian Wars through the turmoil of the Peloponnesian War will be experienced by students who will plan the roles of citizens of the leading city-states of the classical era: Athens, Sparta, Corinth, Argos, and Thebes. Based on readings of the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides, our “citizens” will debate about which of their cities has done more to benefit the Hellenic world as the Greeks rebuild after the divisive Peloponnesian War. In addition to classroom time, our “citizens” will have the opportunity to advocate for their city’s achievements and glory as we visit each of them on our excursions, and even to compete with each other as the Greeks did at the Panhellenic sites of Olympia and Delphi

Honoring the Gods: The Sanctuaries and Festivals of the Greeks (M. L. Munn)
Stories of the Greek gods continue to entertain students of Greek mythology. Visitors to Greece still delight in the sanctuaries and temples dedicated long ago to these gods. Startlingly beautiful landscapes are made all the more breathtaking by the sculpted stone monuments that adorn them. These sanctuaries with their sacred buildings represent the peak of Greek art and architecture and provide vivid testimony to the care and expense the ancient Greeks paid in honoring their gods. These were settings for the festivals celebrated by the Greeks in honor of their gods. Through the descriptions of ancient authors and the archaeological remains of the major temples and sanctuaries we will visit, this course introduces students to the experience of honoring the gods as it was lived by ancient Greeks. The course will intersect well with the subjects covered in the City-States, Archaeology, and Athletics courses.

Archaeology of Ancient Greece (CLAS 250) 1 credit (D. Scahill)
(CCC Requirements: ARHC, EGHU)
A survey of the major historical monuments and sites, from the prehistoric period to Classical times. In this course we visit key sites and museums in Attica, the Peloponnese, and central Greece to examine the art and archaeology of prehistoric and classical Greece in its original setting. Students will explore first-hand the celebrated monuments and masterpieces of the Minoan, Mycenaean and Greek civilizations and will study the changes from palatial Bronze Age society to the age of Greek city-states and its most important developments under Athenian democracy. As students acquaint themselves with the most influential landmarks in Greek art and architecture, they will take a critical and reflective look at their discoveries and re-evaluate the fundamental bases of Greek archaeology.

Sport, Competition and Spectacle in Ancient Greek Society (CLAS 250) 1 credit (D. Scahill)
(CCC Requirements: ARHC, EGHU)
Exploring the emergence and evolution of athletic competitions and spectacles from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity, this course draws on a variety of disciplines, from history and archaeology to modern sports studies. The course will examine the role of games and spectacles within broader social, political, religious, cultural, and intellectual contexts, as well as their significance in the daily lives of the ancients. In addition to classroom lectures and discussions, field trips to archaeological sites and museums (Olympia, Delphi, and others) will provide opportunities for interpretation of physical evidence.

Culture and Issues in Contemporary Greece (UNIV 200-level) REQUIRED 1 credit (M. & M. L. Munn)
(CCC Requirements: GBCC)
In the context of major events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that continue to shape Greek life and culture, this course will expose students to the many issues Greeks are presently facing in relation to migration, economy, environment, tourism, and the urban/rural split. The course will be built around a an introduction to modern history followed by a series of guest lectures and field trips, as well as the opportunity for volunteer service with the refugee community. Events at the Athens Centre will also give students a taste of contemporary Greek culture as they sample Greek food, films and music.

Beginning Modern Greek (CLAS 150) 1 credit (Athens Centre)
(CCC Requirement: ARHC, EGHU, Foreign Language)
In this intensive introduction to spoken modern Greek, students will learn to use the language in their daily lives, coming to a deeper and more complex understanding of the people and culture of Greece along the way.

Introductory Ancient Greek (M. Munn)
Introduction to Ancient Greek, offered as needed by beginning or intermediate ancient Greek students.

Advanced Reading in Ancient Greek (M. Munn)
Reading in Greek prose authors, offered as needed by advanced ancient Greek students.

Courses subject to updates.

Faculty in Residence of the 2019 Program in Athens

Mark Munn, Professor of Ancient Greek History and Greek Archaeology (Penn State)

Mark is a historian and archaeologist specializing in the political, military, and religious history of classical Greece, especially Athens. He is the author of The School of History: Athens in the Age of Socrates, and The Defense of Attica: The Dema Wall and the Boiotian War of 378-375 BC, among other books and articles. He has excavated at ancient Corinth and at fortress sites in Attica. Since 1980 Mark has led many student groups in Greece, teaching for Stanford University and Penn State University, and has twice co-directed the Summer Sessions of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with his wife, Mary Lou Munn.

Mary Lou Munn, Associate Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (Penn State)

Mary Lou is a classical archaeologist with special interests in Mediterranean trade and Greek Bronze Age archaeology. Mary Lou has excavated in Italy, at Carthage in Tunisia, and at Corinth in Greece, where she has published on the subject of her PhD dissertation, "From Beyond the Pillars of Herakles: Corinthian Trade with the Punic West in the Classical Period," in Corinth, volume XX, Corinth: The Centenary, 1896-1996. Since 1980 Mary Lou has led many student groups in Greece, teaching for Stanford University and Penn State University, and has twice co-directed the Summer Sessions of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens with her husband, Mark Munn.