Social Sciences

Greece: Histories, Heroes, and Heroines

Walk where the ancients walked; tour the ruins and art of Greece; and explore their culture, myth, and history. Join us abroad in Greece summer 2020!

Greece: Histories, Heroes, and Heroines is a new faculty-led study abroad program, sponsored by the Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts Departments. The program will take place from, May 9 – June 4, 2020: Track A.

Get to know Greece through exploring the Acropolis, Plaka National Musesum, Greek cooking classes, Athens, the remains of Minoan Crete, the Peloponnesus, Delphi, the amazing hanging monasteries at Meteora, and swimming in the Aegean and Mediterranean!

Our Itinerary

Subject to change. A more detailed schedule will be available closer to the departure date. 

Schedule
Time Locations
Day 1-2 Leave O'Hare Airport, Chicago, group overnight flight to Athens Airport where we will meet our tour coach and principle guide.
Days 3-5 Athens: exploring the city, Acropolis, Plaka National Museum, Agora.
Days 6-10 Crete: overnight ferry from Athens (Piraeus), spend several days exploring the remains of Minoan Crete, cooking lesson, cultural visits, swimming in the Mediterranean.
Days 11-15 The Peloponnesus: Corinth, Mycenae, Pylos, Olympia, and other smaller locations, swimming in the Mediterranean.
Days 16 -18 Heading north, stopping at Delphi, the hanging monasteries at Meteora, Thessaloniki.
Days 19 - 22 Continue at Thessaloniki and north, various other sites such as Philippi - associated with St. Paul.
Days 23 - 26 Back to Athens with day trips to Sounion, island of Aegina, and swimming in the Aegean.
Day 28 Group flight back to O'Hare.

Courses Offered

Each student will take a minimum of 6 credits and a maximum of 9 credits. These are all regular MTU credits and most are HASS listed, so they may be used for either General Education, CORE, Major, Minor, or as free electives.  All courses are 3 credits. All students will take SS 3990 Topics in Social Sciences: Contemporary Greek Culture, which will help you understand and respond to this experience through group discussions, journaling, and reflections.

SS 3990 - Topics in the Social Sciences

Examines an important theme or topic in the social sciences, such as social theory, work and society, or the engineer in American society. May be repeated if topic differs.

  • Credits: variable to 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

You can select one or two of the following courses:

SS 3920 - Topics in Anthropology/Archaeology

Survey of a major branch of American anthropology or archaeology, or a specific time period or region. Topics may include North American prehistory, experimental archaeology, applied anthropology, economic anthropology, or other specialized themes. Readings will emphasize both theoretical and substantive contributions. May be repeated if topics differ.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (SS 2100 or SS 2200) and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

SS 3952 - Topics in World History

Examines major ideas, processes, and events in world history. Topics may include trade and commodities, imperialism, slavery, migration, or other subjects with transnational significance. May be repeated if topic differs

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 6
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Faculty

Carl Blair, Co-Leader

An archaeologist whose first graduate term paper was on the proportions of Tin in various Bronze Age artifacts from the Mycenaean site of Nichoria, Carl fell in love with the idea of Greece when he encountered the books of Gerald Durrell as a child. When first in Greece as an undergraduate he discovered the reality was even better!  As a faculty member at MTU, Carl has led archaeological field expeditions and study abroad programs in England for 20+ years. He will teach SS 3990 and SS 3952 during this study abroad program.

Carl Blair

  • Senior Lecturer in History and Archaeology
906-487-3625
cblair@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 222

Lisa Gordillo, Co-Leader

Sculptor, designer, and community artist at Michigan Tech - Lisa’s work focuses on connecting people and place. She began her career as a theatre artist and so she prefers painting/building/making in a very large scale. Lisa first visited Greece in 2000 as part of an arts-and-peace project. She remembers the light, the vibrant colors, and the gorgeous complexity of Greek culture. She is excited to return! Her students will study art, culture, architecture, and community connections both uniquely Greek and completely global. Lisa will teach FA 2333 and FA 4950.

Lisa Gordillo

  • Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
906-487-3096
gordillo@mtu.edu
Walker 208

Julia Blair, Co-Leader

Julia grew up on stories of Greek gods, mythical beasts, adventurers, and epic conflict. Her early taste for myth and ancient history led her to careers as an archaeologist, and later as a writer and editor of mythic fiction. Now she combines her passions and expertise in a course on the Archaeology of Myth, an in-depth exploration of the mythology and material culture of ancient Greece. She will teach SS 3920.

Local Staff

The tour company for this program, Educational Tours and Cruises (ETC), is an acknowledged leader in the field with over 40 years experience in assisting with American College and University tours of the Eastern Mediterranean. The guides that ETC provides are all licensed by the Greek Government and are experts in the field.

Program Costs

Getting There

While You Are There

Points of Interest