DePaul University believes students should get an early start with their global education, to begin acquiring knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help prepare them for lives and careers in our increasingly globalized world. FY@broad programs are designed specifically for first-year students and are just one of many international learning experiences for DePaul students. The programs combine first-year coursework with a short study abroad experience at the end of the quarter, where students and the faculty who taught their class then travel abroad for 8-12 days to visit sites they have been studying. Note: While priority is given to first-year students, sophomores may apply if they were unable to complete their Focal Point Seminar in their first year.
When some past event is no longer of any concern to us and can be in good conscience forgotten, dismissed, we often say, “That’s ancient history.” By contrast, the participants in this program will come to see “ancient history” as a still vital, determining, and perhaps even inspiring force in our historical present. Indeed, many of the most fundamental concepts we employ to understand our world and ourselves emerged among the ancient Greeks between the 7th and the 4th centuries B.C.E. And yet, it was not extreme cultural confidence or optimism that made them so influential and productive. Rather, the Greeks saw the human condition as one of profound and irremediable finitude; They believed in the crucial and always potentially disastrous limitation of human understanding and of the human being’s power to secure his or her own happiness. We will find this tragic worldview in the poetry of Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, and Sophocles, in the history of Herodotus and Thucydides, and in the philosophy of the Pre-Socratics and the early Socratic dialogues of Plato.
After studying these topics in Chicago, the class will then travel to Athens—one of the world’s most beautiful, vibrant, and historically rich cities. We will walk the route of the Panathenaic procession from the Kerameikos Cemetery all the way to the Acropolis and Parthenon, observing the art and architecture that typifies this ancient place. We will sit in the Theatre of Dionysus, where the world’s greatest tragedies were first performed, and visit the Pnyx, where one of the world’s first democratic assemblies met regularly. We’ll also take day trips to Mycenae and to the absolutely stunning site of the Oracle at Delphi, where the Greeks sought divine guidance in the form of mysterious oracular pronouncements. Again and again, we will be confronted by the material remains of this radically different worldview, even as we will come to see the abiding influence it has had on the development of our own culture.
Sean Kirkland is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at DePaul University.
All students will be enrolled in the following two courses:
LSP 112: The Tragic Worldview of the Ancient Greeks
4 credit hours
Class meeting times
Liberal Studies domain
Focal Point Seminar
In this course, students will spend the quarter studying ancient Greek philosophical, historical, dramatic, and poetical texts. Over the course of those ten weeks, reading the canonical works of Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Plato, it will become clear that the astounding cultural and scientific accomplishments of the ancient Greeks arise not from the supreme confidence of the Greeks as a people, not from an arrogant belief in their capacity to understand the world exhaustively and bend it to their will, but rather from a deep recognition of and an attempt to accord with the limitations they saw as essential to human knowledge and power. We will contrast this “tragic” awareness of one’s finitude again and again with the aspirations of modern science and modern technology, which seem to push inexorably toward a totalizing mastery over our environment—sometimes with disastrous results. At quarter’s end, we will then travel to Athens, the center of the ancient Greek world, to experience firsthand the material culture in which that tragic worldview is still palpable.
Additional course information
Honors Program students will receive credit for HON 105: Philosophical Inquiry.
LSP 250: Travel/Study
2 credit hours
This is the two-credit course associated with the travel portion of the FY@broad program.
The prerequisite for this study abroad program is WRD 103 (or HON 100 for Honors Program students). Exceptions will be considered for students enrolling in WRD 103 (or HON 100) during the same quarter as the study abroad program coursework—if this will be the case for you, be sure to clearly indicate this in your study abroad application. Students with AP Language and Composition credit typically will have already received course credit for WRD 103.
Note: Just as with any application submitted to Study Abroad, a completed application does not guarantee program admittance. Any students not admitted to the FY@broad program will need to register for one of the other Focal Point Seminars offered that does not include a study abroad component.
The group will stay in in shared accommodations in centrally-located student housing provided by the College Year in Athens (CYA), with full access to CYA facilities.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Note: There are specific FY@broad scholarships available, and students are strongly encouraged to apply for the FY@broad scholarship by the application deadline. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.
DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the FY@broad Greece program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.
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Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
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NOTE: The faculty Program Director(s) will be conducting short interviews with all applicants, to meet them in-person before making final acceptance decisions. Faculty will be in contact with all applicants around the time of the application deadline to schedule these required interviews.