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Current seminar

GES 303 Greek History and Archaeology in their Geological Context.

Scott Bradbury (Classics), John Brady (Geosciences)
Pre-seminar: Fridays 2:40 - 4:00 p.m. (spring semester 2014)
On site seminar: May 18–June 8, 2014
Internship or service-learning: June 9–July 20, 2014

This seminar will explore the relationship between the historical and cultural development of Ancient Greece and the underlying geology of the Greek islands (Crete, Santorini, Syros, Delos) and mainland, (Athens/Attica, Delphi).

The pre-seminar in spring 2014 will include research and writing integral to the work of the traveling summer seminar and internship. You will need to plan your spring 2014 schedules accordingly.

Visits to key sites and museums to examine the art and archaeology of prehistoric and classical Greece as well as field study of the prominent geological features of each region. Students will study first-hand the celebrated monuments and masterpieces of the Minoan, Mycenaean and Classical Greek civilizations, and explore the region's spectacular geological features, which had a dramatic, occasionally catastrophic, impact on the course of these civilizations. Some hiking over rough terrain, including one 11-mile hike.

Following the seminar, students will remain in Athens for six-week internships in fields relevant to the seminar: geology, archaeology and museum studies. Insofar as possible, students will receive internships in a field of interest.

GES 303 will count toward the major/minor in Classics, Classical Studies, Ancient Studies and Archaeology. Preference will be given to students with at least one course in Geosciences and/or a relevant field of Ancient Studies (e.g., Art/Archaeology, Classics, History). (E) {H/N} 5 credits

Costs & Fees

The cost for the program is $8,000. This includes airfare, lodging, local transportation, site visits, and a food stipend. Students may use their International Praxis funding ($3,500). Additional support is available based on need as determined by Student Financial Services.

More Information

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Lewis Global Studies Center at global@smith.edu. Questions about the course content should be directed to the faculty instructors.