Passport to Learning at Chico State: Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

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The History, Archaeology & Culture of Greece

The Acropolis, GreeceTravel Dates: June 4–June 30, 2022. There will also be online and face-to-face meetings prior to travel. See course syllabus & itinerary.

Faculty: Prof. Dallas DeForest (Chico State) & Dr. John T. Barnes (University of Tennessee – Knoxville) [ Bios

Academic Credit: Earn 6 units of academic credit. [ Course ]

About the Program

Photo of buildings on the waterfront in GreeceThis study abroad program offers the opportunity to study the history, culture, and archaeology of Greece from a diachronic perspective. The program will introduce students to Greece’s complex past through site visits, reading assignments, lectures, and exposure to Greek culture.

During this program, we will explore this complex dynamic diachronically through the application of different types of evidence (literary, documentary, material) to grounded historical questions. In so doing, students will gain direct exposure to a wide range of issues and problems that historians, art historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, political scientists, and others continue to grapple with today.

We will visit the Acropolis, the National Archaeological Museum, and other major cultural institutions. Spend a week off the beaten path in Ancient Corinth, one of antiquity’s most important cities and the focus of major ongoing archaeological exploration today. We’ll take a couple of day trips into the Corinthia as well. Encounter Venetian Greece in lovely Nafplio and pre-historic Greece in the surrounding Argolid. We’ll take day trips to Byzantine churches as well.


Total Program Fees of $4,800* includes:

  • Academic course fees (6 units)
  • Travel course fee (housing, transportation costs, group meals)

Note: Above program fees do not include round-trip international airfare, meals other than those listed in the program, Athens Metro or Proastiako tickets, museum and site passes, or personal expenses. Unexpected and urgent expenses may arise while abroad.

*Program is based on enrollment of 8 students. If the program cancels due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund.

Ancient Greek templeAcademic Credit

This program offers six units of academic credit, allowing you to make progress toward your degree. Once your final fee payment has been made, Regional & Continuing Education will enroll you in the following classes:

HIST 301 Ancient History: Greece
HIST 498 Special Topics: Medieval & Post-Medieval Greece

View course syllabus & itinerary

Health & Safety During a Global Pandemic

Health and safety are our highest priority. CSU system policy requires that all students, staff, and faculty who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus), including study abroad programs, must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Complete details and resources can be found on the Study Abroad site.

Program Faculty

Professor Dallas DeForest, CSU, Chico, is an ancient historian whose research explores the social and cultural history of the Roman Empire. He uses material evidence extensively in his work and takes a particular interest in the Roman city, monumental architecture, daily life, and religion. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Greece during the 2010-11 academic year and a research fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 2010-12. He has worked on a number of archaeological projects in Greece and Cyprus and maintains an interest in the diachronic history and archaeology of both countries. He teaches History 101, upper division courses in Greek, Roman and Byzantine history, and History 300W at the university.

Dr. John Tristan Barnes, University of Tennessee Knoxville, is a classical archaeologist specializing in Greek prehistoric landscapes and ancient astronomy. He was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens between 2010 and 2012, during which time he traveled widely all over Greece exploring the ancient and modern countryside. As an active field archaeologist, he has excavated in Athens, Corinth, and on the island of Crete in a variety of contexts, ranging from Minoan palaces to Classical markets, Roman baths, and Byzantine houses. He currently works in the Department of Classics at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.