The Greek Intellectual Revolution

  1. Program Details

    A three-week study abroad experience in Greece examining and reflecting on how this ancient culture revolutionized its self-understanding of certain eternal human questions.  Students reflect on the texts and sites associated with revolutions in thinking about democracy, theatre, art and rhetoric and discuss the gender roles, ancient religion and sporting competitions, to fulfill the LE Arts and Humanities and Global Perspectives themes.

    Location Athens, Greece
    Term Winter Break
    Housing Hotel
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor College of Liberal Arts

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5
    Student Type UofM Students, Non UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About The Greek Intellectual Revolution

    At a special time and place a truly remarkable community came into being: classical Greece. This community thought long and hard about itself: how should it be governed? How should it tell its own story? Out of this came revolutions in thought about democracy, drama, rhetoric and art (among others) that still impact our culture today. The modern nation of Greece is proud of its history, but confronts struggles from globalization, poverty and a resurgent Antisemitism. We often see both the ancient and modern communities in very limited ways. In this class we will challenge those assumptions.

    Housing & Meals

    Mid-range hotels. Breakfast provided in hotels; students are responsible for other meals. Opening and closing dinners included in program fee.

    Application Deadline

    October 31, 2019

    Program Dates

    December 28, 2019-January 16, 2020


    Students will earn three credits for COMM 3666. 

    Program Leader

    Dr. John Nordin, Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies, has been traveling to Greece since 1986 and has studied its history, theology, and modern politics. He has led several study abroad classes to Greece. His website on Greece is at


    Athens: Acropolis, Assembly grounds, Theater of Dionysus
    Roman and Medieval sites in the Peloponnesus 
    Minoan sites

    Program Fee

    The program fee includes tuition and registration fees, orientation and international health insurance. It also includes, housing, excursions and some meals. Airfare is separate. Check with the program leader for the exact program fee and what is included.

    More Information

    For more information on the class visit

  3. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term Winter Break 2020
    Program Name The Greek Intellectual Revolution
    Country Greece


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

    Non-University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Once you submit your application, Learning Abroad Center staff will create a University of Minnesota student internet account for you. You will use this account to access the Education Abroad Application System, and other University of Minnesota services. You will be charged a $50 application fee for this program.

    Our staff will contact you within 2–3 business days with your internet account information, and additional application instructions.


    When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

    • First Step session
    • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

    Next Steps

    1. You will receive an automated email message indicating your application was received.
    2. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit the Student Release and Waiver Form.
    3. Your application is not considered complete until the form has been received and you have completed the First Step module. Your completed application will be forwarded to the program leader in the sponsoring college/department for review.
    4. The program leader will notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptance decisions. If accepted, you will be notified via email and assigned a confirmation checklist, which includes:
      • Health Information Form
      • Confirmation and Payment Agreement
      • Online Health & Safety Orientation
    5. Login to the online application to review the confirmation checklist and submit the required items.
    6. Once you submit all items, your participation will be confirmed and your student account will be billed for the program deposit.
    7. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application and submit a Cancel Request. You must also notify your program leader of your cancellation.