The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Classical Studies. MU professor Michael Barnes will lead this four-week program in which students will travel throughout Greece.
From the Acropolis in Athens to the splendors of the island of Corfu, students will explore the culture, literature, and geography of ancient Greece: classical Athens, where Sophocles and Socrates once roamed; the famous oracles of Delphi and Dodona; and the Roman monuments and Byzantine monasteries that also dot the landscape of Greece. Students will consider not only the physical and intellectual remains of Greco-Roman antiquity, but also the role of that ancient heritage in the culture and politics of modern Greece.
There are two sessions of this program: session I in June and session II in July.
Students will enroll in one course for a total of 6 credit hours.
CL HUM 4100/4100H: Greece: From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire (6) will immerse students in the physical and intellectual heritage of Greco-Roman antiquity through travel to the cultural capitals, important archaeological sites, and museums in Greece. We will explore a number of sites in Greece, thus affording students a broad view of the layers of history in the various ancient civilizations that have called those lands home. These sites allow for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning, the particulars of each site preserving, in various ways, key aspects of the heritage of ancient Greece, Byzantium, and the Roman and Ottoman empires. The course also considers the complicated relationship between modern Greece and its ancient past. This trip is aimed at students of the classics, but it is open to all those with an interest in the material and intellectual heritage of the eastern Mediterranean.
All students will be enrolled in an actual MU course. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for the successfully completed course; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
MU students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.
Educational Tours and Cruises has specialized in leading group tours to Greece, Italy and Turkey for more than 35 years. The organization will arrange all student accommodations and land travel for the duration of the program.
Students will stay in shared rooms in 3-star and 4-star hotels with private baths in Greece. All breakfasts and some dinners are included in the program cost — students will be responsible for their own lunches and most dinners.
Greece is an incredibly rich source of history, art, and culture. As the birthplace of some of the most well-known philosophers and writers, Greece is an excellent place to study both ancient history and the classics. Greece is also recognized for its beautiful islands that are some of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. Surrounded by Greek art and architecture, students will be better able to understand the connection between contemporary and ancient Greece.
Participants will travel to several cities of historic and cultural importance around Greece for the duration of the program. All land transportation will be by fully air-conditioned, deluxe motor coaches. The comprehensive sightseeing tours will be accompanied with the services of professional, local, English-speaking, government-licensed guides. Students will travel with the group but they will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during their time abroad.
MU faculty member Michael Barnes, Department of Classical Studies, will accompany the students to Greece. Professor Barnes has experience traveling in and leading study abroad programs to Greece and Turkey, and will be a great asset to the program.
Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.
Professor Barnes received his bachelor's degree in Classical Studies and English Literature at the University of Houston (1994) and his master's and Ph.D. in classical languages and literature at the University of Missouri (2003). He returned to the department in the fall of 2004.
In addition to teaching courses across the classics curriculum, from the large introductory myth course to upper-level courses in Latin and Greek, he serves as the department's director of undergraduate studies. In 2009, he launched the department's annual summer study abroad program with a program to Greece and Turkey (co-led with Professor Anatole Mori) and in the summers of 2010-2014, he led programs to Greece.
Professor Barnes was awarded a William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2010 and the Provost's Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching Award for 2007.
In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.
Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.
Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.
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Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.
We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.
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