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Ancient Greece and Human Happiness is an interdisciplinary course which integrates the philosophy, history, archaeology, and art of ancient Greece and Rome. Critical engagement in key debates will form the foundation of the course. There will be an emphasis on questions concerning human happiness and the variety of answers offered by Greek thinkers and societies. The parallel rise and fall of civilizations will be examined, from the earliest Minoans to Classical Greece to the fall of Rome. The intricacies of cultural change, the relationship between individual and society, and the nature of human existence will be explored. Students will also come away with an understanding of how modern Western culture, and their own lives, are deeply tied to the Ancient West. A cooking class, snorkeling among the sunken city of Epidaurus, and attending a Greek theater performance are some of the activities that will take place on this study abroad.


  • The destinations include remote sites sometimes in mountainous and rocky locations that require steep climbs and/or long treks.


  • Greece

Program Dates:

April 29, 2019 – May 17, 2019


Cost: $3,999.00

Deposit: $500

Payment Schedule:
Jan. 6, 2019-$799.80
Feb. 3, 2019-$799.80
Mar. 3, 2019-$799.80
Apr. 7, 2019-$799.80
May 5, 2019-$799.80-Final payment

Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.


The program will span two full weeks visiting different cities in Greece, including travel days. Attendance at every two-hour pre-departure class is mandatory as well as every group event while abroad. Please contact Dr. Katie Nelson or Marc Nelson for details on the Itinerary.

Academic Courses

Students may enroll in up to six of the following credit hours:

  • HISTORY 4720 (3)
  • HNRS SS2110 (3)
  • PHILOSOPHY 2920 (3)
  • HNRS HU2010 (3)

Program Directors

Dr. Katie Nelson, program director: Adjunct Professor in the History Dept and Honors Program. She will advise half the students while abroad, as well as teach the history component of the course.

Marc Nelson, co-director: Adjust Instructor in the Philosophy and Honors Programs. He will advise half the students abroad and teach the philosophy component of the course.

Both directors have been to Greece several times and are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.