The BCA Study Abroad program in Athens includes the following academic courses.
BCA Signature Course
Democracy and Democratization (3 credits)
This course aims to provide an
introduction to the study of democracy as a political system distinct from
other regimes, to study democratization and democratic transitions in a range
of historical contexts, and to examine regime change through the analysis of
various case studies. It is organized into three thematic units. The
first unit provides the theoretical background to the study of democracy. The
second unit covers the historic "waves" of democratization in post-World War II
Europe. The third unit explores the factors that enable new democracies to
consolidate, sustain themselves and succeed over the long term. It also
analyzes the question of the impact of the European Union on the
democratization process of all the transition countries, as well as the EU's
role as an anchor of stability and democratic consolidation.
Greek Language (4 credits)
It is expected, and highly recommended, that BCA students take a 4-credit, 60-contact hour Greek language course. Exceptions can be made for students who have a demonstrated need to take two (rather than only one) elective courses and a credit-bearing independent study project.
A wide range of elective courses are available to BCA students through our partnership with CYA. Course options are from a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary themes, including Ancient Greek Studies, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, European and East Mediterranean Studies, philosophy, political science, international relations, environmental studies, religion, literature, languages and ethnography.
Not all courses are available in both fall and spring semesters. Listed below is a sampling of elective courses to consider. Please see the CYA website, www.cyathens.org, for elective course descriptions and syllabi or contact BCA for academic advising on course selections.
- Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology
- Ancient Greek Sculpture
- Sports, Games, and Spectacles in the Graeco-Roman World
- The Development of Athenian Democracy
- Contemporary Greek Politics and Society
- Immigrants, Citizenship, and Nationalism in Europe
- Understanding the Crisis in Greece and Europe
- The European Union and European Integration
- Citizen, State, and Society: A Service Learning Approach
- The Natural Environment of Greece: From Landscape Ecology to Conservation