Minor in Communication and New Media

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Brief Description

For non-English majors only.

Minor Requirements

  • Communication 217 Media in Transition
  • Communication 227 Media Theory
  • Communication 317 Communicating through New Media OR English 350: Writing for Social Change

3 electives from the following:

  • English 250 Advanced Writing and Professional Communication
  • Comm 127: Communication, Culture and Society
  • Comm 233- Introduction to Journalism
  • Comm 327: Communication Research Methods
  • Comm 333- Communication Design
  • SocSc 215: Studies in Media and Contemporary Society
  • CS 206: Web Development
  • CS 219: Video Game Design with Unity and Blender
  • CS 306: Advanced Web Development
  • Marketing 200: Principles of Public Relations
  • Marketing 214: Advertising
  • Marketing 324: E-Marketing


Students may be obliged to take extra courses beyond the 40 needed to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in order to fulfill all minor requirements.


Division of Humanities and Social Sciences: Goals & Objectives

Published in Undergraduate Studies

The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences provides introductory and advanced instruction in all areas of the human sciences, with undergraduate programs of distinction in English and New Media, and International Relations, minors in select fields, and special certificate programs in Hellenic Studies and in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Its goal is to provide a dynamic contemporary student-centered education and contribute meaningfully through academic instruction, research, and professional outreach in the relevant fields. The programs offered by the Division are particularly strong in communication practice, modern literature, and language teaching methodology, American and EU politics, history, international law and organizations, gender, globalization and cultural studies.

Our Mission

The principal mission of the Division is to assist students to master and integrate different modes of knowledge and experience in order to communicate, solve problems, resolve conflict, and express ideas creatively and professionally in a variety of settings. In addition, the Division aspires to challenge its youth to cultivate personal integrity and respect for diverse values.

Division alumni have been admitted for post-graduate studies, often as scholarship recipients, in the most prestigious universities in Europe and North America, including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, St Andrew’s, King’s, HEI Geneva, the College of Europe, Johns Hopkins SAIS, Georgetown, the Fletcher School, Columbia, and the University of Texas at Austin, while some of our American alumni have gone on to law school after studying at ACT. Many have worked or are now working in ministries of foreign affairs and other public entities, in media companies and language schools, leading international NGOs, colleges and universities of repute, and MNCs worldwide.

The Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service

Launched in September 1999 as the Michael S. Dukakis Chair in Public Policy and Service, in its current form the Dukakis Center is the administrative home to ACT’s BA in International Relations. The mission of the Dukakis Center is to expose youth to the pressing public affairs issues of our times, with a principal view toward inspiring young people to become involved in public service.

An integral function of the Dukakis Center is the Dukakis Seminar Series. Each semester ACT hosts prominent Greek and international public figures whose professional careers illustrate the Dukakis’ own commitment to public service. Dukakis lecturers have included Nicholas Burns, Monteagle Stearns, Mark Mazower, Thea Halo, Dušan Batakovic, Radmila Sekerenska, Edi Rama, Nadezhda Mihaylova, Alvaro de Soto, and Michael Dukakis himself.

The Center also hosts a series of larger events. In December 2012 the Center co-hosted the inaugural Business & Politics Forum on the theme “Business and Politics: Where do we Draw the Line?” featuring leading experts in the field of business, institutional economics, journalism, and public administration, while in July 2014 the Honorable Erhard Busek was the keynote speaker at a symposium dedicated to “The Future of Democracy in Europe and Beyond.”

Qualified students from all majors may have the opportunity to undertake a formal internship with the Dukakis Center.

Lucy Center for Balkan Studies

The Lucy Center for Balkan Studies was established in 2004 thanks to a generous donation from ACT friend and trustee, Elias Kulukundis, and named after his late wife Lucy. The Center was created to facilitate the formal study of Southeast European affairs, particularly for undergraduate study abroad students spending a semester or academic year at ACT. Students studying at the Center have the opportunity to do formal coursework in Balkan Studies, participate in study trips throughout the region, and, in select cases, undertake formal internships in regional organizations.

The Center for Balkan Studies also acts as a clearinghouse for information about the Balkans and the Aegean Basin, and as a forum for debate on regional issues. In particular, a lecture series has been established for discussion of such important topics as civil society, democratization, and European and transatlantic integration.


Business Division - Available Courses

Published in Undergraduate Studies

The courses listed below are expected to be offered at least every two years and a reevaluation of the entire course curriculum will be carried out every two years in order to maintain an updated list of course offerings.


Accounting 101: Financial Accounting

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of accounting information and the environment in which it is developed and used. Accounting principles and procedures are discussed in order to provide an understanding of the financial accounting process, including the recording, summarizing, and reporting of business transactions, which result in the preparation of financial statements. Topics covered include accounting and the business environment, revenue and cost recognition, asset valuation, depreciation, and an introduction to financial statement analysis.

Accounting 102: Managerial Accounting

This course is designed to give insight into the interpretation and use of financial reports for management planning, coordination and control. Students will be exposed to the kind of accounting information needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, controlling, and decisionmaking responsibilities. Topics include management accounting vs. financial accounting, classification and behavior of costs, CVP analysis, segmented reporting, standard costing and responsibility accounting. Prereq: Accounting 101, Management 101

Business Administration

Business Administration 240: International Business Law

The aim of the course is to introduce students to business law in the international environment. The course will cover the following topics: the formation of contracts, performance and non-performance of contracts, breach of contracts, a detailed analysis of commercial supply contracts, international sales and transactions, intellectual property, as well as commercial dispute resolution. The course will also reflect on different ethical dilemmas that businesspersons face today in the global society. It will also cove issues relating to different forms of getting incorporated and labor law.

Business Administration 242: European Business Law

An introduction to institutional European Community Law, beginning with an analysis of the basic principles of the European Union and the rules concerning the establishment and functioning of the internal market. Topics examined: consumer protection policy and legal protection, including directives on product liability and on the drawing of contracts away from business premises; elements of environmental EU law which may affect the opening and/or operation of a business; characteristics and limitations of new types of business (hire-purchase, leasing, factoring, forfeiting); negotiable instruments; technology transfer agreements; patent law; copyright protection; aspects of EU external trade in relation to commercial defense measures such as import and export regimes, and anti-dumping and subsidy measures related to the operation of multinationals within the EU. Ethical and management issues are considered throughout the course.


Economics 101: Introductory Macroeconomics

An introduction to modern economic analysis and its policy implications. The course centers on the applications of economic theory to national policy problems such as growth, inflation, unemployment, government expenditures and taxation, and the role of money. In addition, it provides a broad introduction to the understanding of the modern national socioeconomic systems in today’s globalized economies.

Economics 102: Introductory Microeconomics

A continuation of the introduction to modern economic analysis concentrating on the factors affecting behavior and decisionmaking by households, business firms, and institutions operating under a mixed socioeconomic system. It also considers the issues of market failures and introduces basic concepts of international economics.

Economics 232: International Economics

The goals and objectives of this course are to facilitate the students understanding of foreign trade flow issues including the causes, the volume and the direction of these flows. Strong emphasis is given to the formulation of industrial trade policies. Topics to be covered include various trade and exchange rate theories, tariffs, and commercial policy, factor movement, regional economic integration, international institutions, international macroeconomic interactions, and international environmental issues and policies. Prereq: Economics 101 and 102

Economics/Management 242: Applied Managerial Economics

This course deals with the application of economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its aims most efficiently. The course uses the theory of the firm to integrate and link economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics), decision sciences (mathematical economics and econometrics), and the functional areas of business (accounting, finance, marketing, personnel or human resource management, and production) and shows how all of these topics are crucial components of managerial decision-making. Emphasis is placed on actual real world managerial decisions. Prereq: Economics 102, Math 115


Finance 201: Financial Management

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of financial management. Emphasis is given to the examination of the processes and the methodology of financial statement analysis that can be applied and used as guidelines in assessing, interpreting and planning financial data to meet the objectives of managing a business entity effectively. Topics covered include goals and functions of financial management, short-term financial management decisions, financial statement analysis, planning and financial forecasting, and time value of money. Prereq: Accounting 102

Finance 400: Seminar in Finance

The purpose of this course is to analyze topics in Financial Management that have received limited coverage or no coverage
in the other courses in Finance. The following topics will be covered in the course: Financial Innovations / Derivatives / Venture Capital / International Portfolio Management / International Acquisitions and Valuation / Currency Risk Management. The course topics and theme will vary over time to include the most recent issues affecting the financial sector. Prereq: Finance 202 and Finance 232


Management 101: Introduction to Management

This course provides students with knowledge of basic management theories and concepts and introduces them to simple case studies relevant to the theoretical background that is covered. The subjects examined, including some insights from international management, are the following: the external and internal environment within which an organization operates; the historical foundations of Management; the social responsibility of business and the relation between business and government; the managerial function of planning; management by objectives; the organizing function and organizational structures; the function of staffing and personnel selection; the function of leading, motivation and job satisfaction, and finally, the function of controlling and coordinating a firm’s actions to achieve its objectives.

Management 201: Organizational Behavior

The behavior of individuals and groups within the organizational context is presented and analyzed. Different forms of organizational behavior are considered, providing students with exposure to various models. Topics covered include the context of organizational behavior, organizational culture, understanding individual behavior, personality-perception attitudes, job satisfaction, job stress, motivation and learning, interpersonal behavior and dynamics, leadership, power and politics. Prereq: Management 101

Management 210: Human Resource Management for Growth

The course provides an overview of the basic concepts and practices of human resource management of a modern entrepreneurial organization. Its emphasis is on HRM’s strategic perspective and well-being of the people for the success of new ventures. It also focuses on the global realities of HRM and the use of modern technologies within an ethical framework. Topics covered include , basic concepts, strategic HRM, legal aspects of HRM, Job analysis & Job Design, human resource planning, employee recruitment, selection, motivation and orientation, performance evaluation and compensation, Training and development, labour relations, safety, health and wellness, social and ethical issues. Prereq: Management 101

Management 218: International Business

The objective of this course is to present an overview of the global environment within which firms operate. Students are exposed to all aspects of international business and will learn how to interpret international developments and evaluate their consequences for the firm. Among the topics considered are the nature of the multinational corporation, the institutional framework for international business, environmental factors influencing the choice of international investment sites, factors related to business operations in specific countries/regions, and the special circumstances relating to the marketing and financing of international businesses. Prereq: Economics 101, Management 101

Management 240: Creative Thinking: The Business Imperative

The course introduces students to the principles and techniques of creative thinking. Students are taught how to evaluate their own ideas, as well as the ideas of others. The focus of the course is in developing the student’s innovation and decisionmaking skills. The course also covers how to anticipate objections to ones’ ideas and how to overcome them.

Management /Economics 242: Applied Managerial Economics

This course deals with the application of economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision science to examine how an organization can achieve its aims most efficiently. The course uses the theory of the firm to integrate and link economic theory (microeconomics and macroeconomics), decision sciences (mathematical economics and econometrics), and the functional areas of business (accounting, finance, marketing, personnel or human resource management, and production) and shows how all of these topics are crucial components of managerial decision-making. Emphasis is placed on actual real world managerial decisions. Prereq: Economics 102, Math 115

Management 304: Total Quality Management

The objective of this course is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the importance of quality and customer satisfaction in business competitiveness, and to introduce them to the basic principles and tools of quality management and improvement. The course will focus on the continuous improvement of all aspects of a business, from design through production, to after-sales service, using leadership and employee participation. Topics covered will include the concept of quality and the different quality management philosophies; the basic principles and components of TQM; the link with recognized quality awards (Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award & European Quality Award); quality assurance systems & ISO 9000 standards; measurement of quality cost; quality improvement tools & techniques. Both secondary readings and real-world cases are provided as a basis for class discussion. Prereq: Management 312

Management 312: Operations Management

The course provides an overview of concepts, methodologies and applications of production and operations management. Topics include productivity, forecasting demand, location and capacity planning, inventory control, project management, operations scheduling, just-in-time systems, quality control, total quality management. Prereq: Management 101

Management 322: Business Strategy I

The aim of this course is to enable students to approach the whole organization: marketing, finance, accounting and personnel functions together. Strategy and structure are the central themes of the course. Topics covered include the business environment, the systems approach, industry analysis, organizational intelligence, organizational structuring, organizational power, strategy development and implementation, leadership styles, management of the external environment, and strategic decision-making. Prereq: Finance 201, Management 312, Marketing 101

Management 323: Business Strategy II (Capstone Project)

This course is designed to synthesize the knowledge and skills developed in previous business courses and apply them to the research project. Students learn about all aspects of the process of developing and carrying out their business strategy research project, and gain an understanding of standards and expectations that students need to meet to be successful in completing their research. Typically there are no classroom sessions throughout the course. However, in order to make substantial progress, it is essential that students set and meet aggressive goals and meet regularly with their coordinator to ensure the research project is progressing in a focused and high quality manner. Lastly this research project should prove the student’s independent ability to investigate and develop an issue within the field of business strategy. Prereq: Management 322

Management 330: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

An in-depth study of the legal, financial, marketing and organizational aspects of starting up, implementing, and successfully managing one’s own business venture. The major portion of the course, apart from presentation and discussion of theoretical bases involving starting a new business, consists of construction of a detailed business plan. Class members consider all issues involving initiation, building, and controlling a new venture. The main goal is first the analysis and secondly the simulation of an effective business plan based on realistic, contemporary case scenarios. Prereq: Economics 102

Management 340: Business in Greece and the EU

The aim of the course is to give students in-depth insights into the complexities of the European environment from a global, business, economic, political, and legal perspective. The course also analyzes the various ways in which the European Union institutions influence a company working in or with Europe, with specific emphasis placed on doing business in Greece. Prereq: Economics 101 and 102

Management 421/MBA-MAN 521: Organizational Leadership and Change

This course examines leadership and its role in the change process. Students learn how to catalyze action by creating a vision and build momentum for change. In the process, they learn more about themselves as leaders. (Permission by the instructor)

Management 425/MBA-MAN 525: Operations Management

This course introduces the modeling tools used to manage the complex 21st century business environment. It includes examination of decision analysis, probabilistic models, simulation techniques, regression-based inference and mathematical programming. (Permission by the instructor)

Management 470/MBA-BUS 570: International Business

This course analyzes the major forces that affect the operations of firms across national boundaries. It undertakes an indepth look at the international political, cultural, and economic forces affecting multinational enterprises’ market entry strategy, marketing, financial, production and human resource functions. It examines the conditions needed to create and maintain an international competitive advantage in an increasingly globalized and interactive market environment. (Permission by the instructor)

Management 480/MBA-BUS 580: Strategic Management

This course develops a framework for assessing the current strategic competitive position as well as future performance outlook for a business entity within a given economic environment. Focus on developing skills for the application of concepts and tools for strategy formulation at corporate levels, and on the design of organization structures and management processes required for effective strategy implementation. Case applications involve strategic issues facing the modern manager of a business enterprise impacted by globalization, and information and technology. (Permission by the instructor)

Business 399: Global Competitiveness Practicum

The course is designed to give students an opportunity to leverage their existing business skills, as well as, develop new ones in an exciting and team cooperative environment. ACT faculty select a number of local businesses and the students work on consulting assignments for them. GCP faculty assign students to teams, each consisting of generally two ACT and two Ohio University students. Each team is given a different business project and is charged with developing and implementing an approach for completing it in a fashion that satisfies its client and meets the course objectives. *It should be noted that this course is a special summer course offered only to regular ACT and Ohio University students.


Marketing 101: Introduction to Marketing

The objectives of this course are to introduce the basic marketing concepts, to present the practical use of marketing in modern corporations, to provide students with the elements of market thinking in solving business problems and to prepare them for working in the competitive and dynamic field of marketing. Topics covered include the macro and micro role of marketing, market segmentation, basic principles of marketing research, demographic and behavioral dimensions of consumers, marketing mix, product analysis, product strategies, new product development, distribution channels, pricing policies, introduction to promotion and advertising, and marketing plan construction. The course is enriched with supplementary up-to-date articles, real-world cases, video projections, and marketing simulation. Prereq: Economics 102

Marketing 200: Principles of Public Relations

The course introduces students to the theories and techniques involved in planning and carrying out appropriate programs in order to influence public opinion and behavior. The students will receive a comprehensive knowledge of Public Relations, public opinion, public practices and problem solving and prevention.

Marketing 212: Sales Management

The main objectives of the course are to introduce the basic concepts of personal selling, to give an explicit and practical view of salespeople’s main tasks and working practices, and to discuss and organize the current sales management tactics by analyzing up-to-date, real world situations. Topics include sales management functions and strategies, the personal selling process, account relationship management, territory management, setting sales goals, personnel recruitment and selection, sales training, territory design, leadership, motivating and compensating the sales force, and evaluation and control of sales force performance. Prereq: Management 101, Marketing 101

Marketing 214: Advertising

The primary objective of this course is to introduce students to the challenging world of advertising and promotion. Advertising is examined as a distinctive element of promotion, together with other communication tools. Current developments of advertising are discussed and an integrative perspective is adopted, due to rapid changes and metamorphoses in the advertising business. Emphasis is given to the role of modern marketing communications, the organizational needs and structure in the field of advertising and promotion, determining advertising objectives and budget, creative strategy, media planning, analysis of broadcast and print media, types of support media and other promotional tools. The large number of advertising techniques and applications, as well as students’ everyday exposure to thousands of communication messages, recommend the use of cases, projects, real-world examples and class discussions. Prereq: Marketing 101

Marketing/Computer Science 250: E-commerce

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the electronic commerce domain. It introduces aspects of ecommerce, and students gain insight into technical, business, legal and policy issues. On completion of the course business students will be able to understand what e-commerce is and how to exploit an e-commerce strategy in an organization. Business and Computing majors will be ready to comprehend the e-commerce domain and apply it technically. Prereq: Computer Science 101 or 105, Marketing 101

Marketing 301: Marketing Strategy

An advanced marketing course that offers in-depth examination and analysis of the basic marketing principles gained in Marketing 101: Introduction to marketing. Students are taught what is being confronted in a marketing department and what the alternative procedures for carrying out various marketing projects are. A considerable effort is made to provide students with the elements of marketing thinking in structuring marketing strategies for various corporations. Supporting students’ ability to think, express themselves, write, speak and argue in marketing terms also constitutes one of the main course objectives. Finally, students are prepared to work in the competitive and dynamic field of marketing and to become professionals with a global perspective. Case analysis and class discussions of current issues are among the important educational and learning tools used. Prereq: Marketing 101

Marketing 311: Retailing

This course provides an examination and analysis of a vital marketing distribution channel. Basic issues regarding retailing, and all major aspects of decision-making in retail businesses are covered, including types of retail businesses, consumer behavior, external environments, location decisions, store design and layout, merchandising, human resource management, pricing decisions, financial considerations, promotion, organizational and managerial aspects of operation, and marketing research applications. Prereq: Marketing 101

Marketing 318: Global Marketing

This course addresses marketing management problems, techniques and strategies needed to incorporate the marketing concept into today’s global marketplace. More specifically the course deals with modes of foreign market entry, pricing issues, cultural and demographical issues and the impact of foreign currency fluctuations on a firm’s performance. Prereq: Management 101, Marketing 101

Marketing 320: Marketing Research

The major objective of this course is to introduce students to the useful and multi-purpose theory and practice of marketing research. Application of this theory to product, price, place and promotion strategies, as well as to every practical marketing issue confronting a business organization, is one of the main course goals. Topics that are discussed in detail include the role and the environment of marketing research, planning a research project, secondary sources of information, qualitative interviewing methods, survey-interviewing methods, the basics of sampling, major sampling techniques, questionnaire construction, dataprocessing, analysis and tabulation, and reporting research findings. All topics are dealt with through examples in the context of real business situations. Prereq: Marketing 101, Statistics 205

Marketing 324: E-Marketing

This course focuses on the key marketing issues in E-Business, comparing marketing concepts in the traditional marketing environment with those employed in E-Business. Topics addressed include Marketing Research on the Web, Personalization/Online Community, Pricing Online, Customer Support and Online Quality, E-Commerce, Business to Business (B2B) Marketing, Advertising/Brand Building, Web Promotion, and “Virtual Legality”. Prereq: Marketing 101

Marketing 330: Consumer Behavior

An analysis of consumer behavior, this module introduces students to the processes that consumers employ in order to select, purchase, use, evaluate, and dispose of products and services that will satisfy their needs. The module will also provide students with an understanding of the influences (external and internal) that determine consumer behavior. And, since consumers vary in the ways that they consume products and services, the module will demonstrate in various ways how and why the analysis of consumer behavior is critical to the field of marketing.


Research 299: Research Methods

This course aims to provide to students a comprehensive knowledge of good research practices. Students will also be exposed to ethical and legal issues related to research. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of the students to apply the appropriate research methodologies and analytical techniques and on acquiring academic writing and presentation skills.



Minor in Diplomacy and International Relations

Published in Undergraduate Studies

Brief Description

For non-IR majors only.

Minor Requirements

  • Politics 201
  • Politics 249
  • Politics 231 or European Studies 210 or 211
  • History 245
  • Two additional IR electives* (to be selected in consultation with an IR advisor)

*Students may take Politics 101 as both a General Education Requirement and an International Relations elective.


Students may be obliged to take extra courses beyond the 40 needed to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in order to fulfill all minor requirements.


Minor in International Business

Published in Undergraduate Studies

Brief Description

The Division of Business offers the opportunity to students from other majors to pursue Minors in Human Resources Management and in Internation Business. These minors are not available to Business majors.

Minor Requirements

  • Management 101 - Introduction to Management
  • Management 218 - International Business
  • Marketing 101 - Introduction to Marketing
  • Marketing 318 - Global Marketing

2 electives from the following:

  • Business Administration 240 - Principles of Commercial Law
  • Economics 102 - Introductory Microeconomics
  • Economics 232 - International Economics
  • Finance 210 - Money and Banking
  • Marketing 214 - Advertising
  • Marketing 324 - E-Marketing

Minor in Human Resource Management

Published in Undergraduate Studies

Brief Description

The Division of Business offers the opportunity to students from other majors to pursue Minors in Human Resources Management and in International Business. These minors are not available to Business majors.

Minor Requirements

  • Management 101 - Introduction to Management
  • Management 201 - Organizational Behavior
  • Management 210 - Human Resource Management

3 electives from the following:

  • Business Administration 240 - Principles of Commercial Law
  • Economics 102 - Introductory Microeconomics
  • Management 218 - International Business
  • Marketing 200 - Principles of Public Relations

Business Division: Goals & Objectives

Published in Undergraduate Studies

ACT’s programs in business are designed to lead to US-accredited BS and MBA degrees, as well as to offer a forum for communicating new insights into management and marketing research and applications among the academic, business and entrepreneurial communities of Greece & Southeast Europe. The business education envisioned by ACT is unique for its comprehensive view of management and explicit focus on fostering entrepreneurial approaches to management in the region. Graduates will have acquired an appreciation of the interactions among all elements of an organization and be ideally equipped to lead entrepreneurial activity throughout Southeast Europe over the next decades. The foremost goal of the business curriculum is to develop and strengthen students’ coherent and logical thinking processes in order to make and implement sound, ethically responsible business decisions throughout their careers.

Our Vision

Graduate Program: To provide quality education to a diverse graduate student body who will be immediately effective in cutting edge business organizations.
Undergraduate Program: To provide the highest quality business education to a diverse student body which reflects the realities of the business world.

Our Mission

Graduate Program: Our MBA programs prepare our students to be decision-makers, leaders, and entrepreneurs, ready for a broad spectrum of managerial responsibilities and/or for success as higher level professional specialists. We affirm our commitment to intellectual contributions that enhance our teaching, particularly to applied scholarship and instructional development. We employ our professional skills in service to the College, scholarly and professional organizations, the business community, and the regional community.
Undergraduate Program: Our undergraduate programs prepare our students for successful careers and life-long learning in a rapidly changing world. We guide our students in the development of their intellectual experience.

Our Stakeholders

We recognize the following stakeholders as significant partners in our success:

  • Current and potential students
  • Employers
  • The business and professional community
  • Our alumni
  • The academic community
  • Anatolia College
  • Greek public policy makers and non-profit and community organizations

Our Educational Philosophy

To prepare our students for the roles we have described we must assure their mastery of:

  • Thinking Skills: logical, critical and integrated analysis, the capacity to exercise good judgment; creative and non-traditional problem solving; and proficiency in ethical reasoning.
  • Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Competencies: e.g., information technology and quantitative skills appropriate to problem solving in real work settings.
  • Communications Skills: proficiency in oral, written, presentation, and distance communication.
  • Change Management: understanding and shaping the forces of change, including globalization, and using this understanding to formulate, evaluate, and select from alternative strategies to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for themselves and for their companies and organizations.
  • Self-Development: the capacity to engage in the effective self-management of lifelong learning to achieve continuous professional and personal growth.

Our Core Strategies

To realize our vision, to implement our mission and to act according to our educational philosophy we must:

  • Creatively intervene in the student recruitment, selection and advising process
  • Forge numerous collaborations and affiliations with leading educational institutions and organizations
  • Promote mutually beneficial partnerships and strategic alliances with our stakeholders
  • Review, reconsider and implement faculty staffing and development strategies
  • Continuously develop and enhance our curriculum

Indicative List of Strategic Alliances

  • Tippie School of Business, University of Iowa
  • California State University FRESNO
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • International Finance Corporation
  • World Bank
  • Greek Institute of Banking
  • Karamanlis Institute
  • Papastratou Institute
  • American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
  • PAP Corporation
  • Koc University
  • American University in Bulgaria

Experiential Learning

Tell me and I will forget,
Show me and I might remember,
Involve me and I will understand,

Following this rubric, business students are given multiple opportunities to be involved through: company visits, internship opportunities, participation in student clubs and participation in the prestigious John Pappajohn Annual Business Plan Competition which offers both graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to test their entrepreneurial skills and earn project seed money of up to $5,000 doing so.


Gap Year at ACT

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A Gap Year is a period when students, who have recently graduated from High School, take some time away from their routine to explore themselves and a new part of the world while earning college credit, meeting new people, gaining life experience and diversifying yourself from the crowd! It could be one summer, one semester or one year.  It is a time when students open their minds to new experiences in a location that facilitates exploration and cultural engagement and offers the opportunity to become actively involved in the community.  

This program is ideal for recent high school graduates who need a change of pace, a change of scenery, new motivations and horizons to reach into and explore.  This program is for someone who wants to break out of their routine and live abroad; to taste, touch, smell and live the experience.
This program is as much for someone who knows exactly what they want to do in the future, but want to take some time to explore their other interests before buckling down; as it is for someone who is not sure what they want to do yet and needs some time and space to learn about themselves and try out different options.  If this is you, then ACT is the right place to begin your adventure. Studying at ACT allows you to be in touch with the ancient roots of democracy, see the influence of modern day civilization, walk in the places where Alexander the Great, Aristotle and Paul once stood, live in the cross-roads of three continents, engage with classmates from around the world, challenge yourself by living in a new culture, get involved by joining clubs and activities that capture your interest, and by visiting many famous locations that you have only before read about in classes or seen in the movies. At ACT you also have the chance to volunteer through our Service Learning program and explore a career path to see if it is right for you. Students who take advantage of this option leave ACT having a stronger sense of who they are and what they want to do in the future.   

Available Courses

All of ACT's courses are open to you.  You can choose to study something that you are passionate about or something that just peaks your interest. Perhaps you would prefer to take advantage of the location and study about Greek Mythology, Religions of the World, The History of Thessaloniki, or Sea Sailing!  Our academic divisions offer a wide range of Business, Computing, Communication and New Media, English, International Relations and Hellenic Heritage courses that are sure to offer you a unique look into old and new topics.

Admission Requirements

  • Students should be at least 18 years old at the time of arrival.
  • High schools graduates should have a minimum cumulative average of 75%.

Students may apply for a summer session, an academic semester (fall or spring) or a full year of study.

All US students are required to hold a visa and a residence permit to study in Greece. The student visa should be obtained before coming to Greece while the residence permit is obtained after arriving in Greece.

Application Material

Candidates should submit an application at admissions.act.edu. The application material includes:


Go Greek in Greece

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Make the most of your summer abroad with a 3 week, 3 credit immersive cultural and service journey in the student hub of Greece at ACT - The American College of Thessaloniki.

Experience Greek hospitality, heritage, and culture while earning three humanities credits in Understanding Greek Life and Culture through faculty led experiential learning and “filotimo” (Greek for "paying it forward").  Explore ancient and modern Greece through organized trips, events, and service opportunities. Live your own Greek adventure in Greece’s cultural capital, Thessaloniki!

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Highlights include 2 overnight trips; one to Athens and Delphi and one to the Greek Islands, a hike at Mount Olympus,  and a culinary workshop.

Expand your understanding of Greek life, culture, language and Hellenic heritage with the stand-alone 3 week program or, in addition to our summer program for a truly fulfilling and rewarding summer abroad.

Program Dates

May 16 - June 6, 2018

Program Cost

$3,500 (with double studio accommodation)

$3,650 (with single studio accommodation in Thessaloniki)

Program Inclusions

Course Credit

3 credit Culture Class: Humanities 120 "Understanding Greek Life and Culture"

  • Survival Greek
  • Greek Customs and Culture
  • Greek Economic System
  • Greek Political System
  • Greek Art

ACT ID Card with access to all ACT facilities

  • Bissell Library
  • ACT MD
  • Workshops and guest lectures
  • Computer Labs
  • IT Assistance
  • Sport facilities 


  • Private or Double studios near downtown Thessaloniki
  • On site resident assistants
  • Easy access to the waterfront

International Service-Learning Projects and Certificate

  • Group service projects help you connect with the people and the community while giving you time to support local programs.
  • Project sites have included: Municipal Vineyard, Center for the Blind, Thermaikos Gulf Coastline, Los Lambicos Graffiti Removal, Refugee Assistance Centers


  • Provided for all included activities

Field Trips

  • Mt. Olympus
  • Royal Macedonian Tombs in Vergina (the burial place of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great)
  • Athens & Delphi (2 nights!)
  • Greek Island (2 nights!)
  • Byzantine Museum
  • White Tower
  • Chalkidiki Beach Day
  • Gerovasilleou Winery Tour and Tasting

The Greek Experience

  • Greek Cooking lesson
  • Greek Folk Dancing
  • Traditional Taverna meal
  • Live music

Program Exclusions

  • Transportation to/from program
  • Visa & Residence Permit fees (if applicable)
  • Personal communication costs (e.g. phone, etc.)
  • Travel, accident and medical insurance (to be arranged prior to departure by participants)
  • Books and supplies
  • Entertainment and personal expenses
  • Other items not expressly included in the program itinerary

Go Greek Application


ACT Governance Committee Members

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Constantinos Constantinidis, Chair

Constantinos Constantinidis is the Managing Director and Vice-President of PELOPAC S.A. in Thessaloniki, Greece, a company manufacturing Greek and Mediterranean specialty foods for export markets, especially the US and UK. Mr. Constantinidis is also the Vice President of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) and a member of the board of various NGOs. Mr. Constantinidis received his BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London (1984), and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business (1986).

Charis Plakantonakis, Vice Chair

Charis Plakantonakis is the Head of Strategic Planning at Star Bulk Carriers Corp., the largest dry bulk shipping company listed today on the NASDAQ. Previously she worked for seven years at Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc., a leading global operator of ocean-going vessels, first as Strategic Projects Manager and subsequently as Head of Corporate Communications. Prior to Thenamaris, she was a Senior Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and before that she has worked at the multinational FMCG company DIAGEO and at the Organizing Committee of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic & Paralympic Games. She holds an MBA from INSEAD (2003) and a BS in International & European Economics & Politics from the University of Macedonia (2001), where she graduated as valedictorian.

Peter Allen

Dr. Peter S. Allen is a retired Professor of Anthropology. He taught at at Rhode Island College, for the past 40 years. He specialized in the study of modern Greek society and published numerous articles on the topic. Research awards include three Fulbrights, a large NEH grant and several other grants and fellowships. Dr. Allen has been active in many professional organizations. He served as Treasurer and Vice-President of the Modern Greek Studies Association, Treasurer and President of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (a sub-group of the American  Anthropological  Association), and has held various offices, including President, in the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. Dr. Allen received a BA from Middlebury College (1966), an MA in Archaeology from Brown University (1968), and a PhD in Anthropology, also from Brown University (1973).

Elsa Amanatidou

Elsa Amanatidou is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies in the Classics Department of Brown University. Concurrently, she is the Director of the Center of Language Studies at Brown University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), the leading American professional organization in this area.  Ms. Amanatidou received a BA in English Philology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1981), a MA in The English Novel from The University of East Anglia, and a MA in Greek Studies from King’s College London (1995).

Dimos Arhodidis

Dimosthenis (Dimos) Arhodidis, General Manager and member of the Executive Board of Eurobank, was appointed Head of Global Markets & Wealth Management in February 2015 and Head of Wealth Management (Private Banking Greece, Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg SA and Eurobank Asset Management SA) in 2013.  He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business Economics (Ph.D. and MBA) from Harvard University and Harvard Business School on a full fellowship. 

Carroll Brewster

Carroll W. Brewster is a trustee of the Wooster School, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, the Ridgefield Public Library, and is a member of the Ridgefield Conservation Commission. Mr. Brewster retired as Executive Director of the Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc., (1991-1998) and is a former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy (1970-1980), former chairman of the directors of the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief (1982-1991), and a former trustee of the University of New Haven. He has been affiliated with numerous colleges, serving as President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1982-1991); President of Hollins College (1975-1981); Dean of the College, Dartmouth College (1969-1975); and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School (1967-1969). Mr. Brewster received a BA magna cum laude from Yale College (1957), an LLB from Yale Law School (1961), and two LHDs (Litera Humanarum), from Hollins College (1981) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1991).

Gikas Hardouvelis

Dr. Gikas A. Hardouvelis is a Professor of Finance & Economics, in the Department of Banking and Financial Management, of the University of Piraeus and Chief Economist of the EUROBANK Group. He recently served as the Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos  (Nov. 2011–May 2012). He is a member of the CIIM Academic Council, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Economic & Industrial Research, and a member of the Academic Council of the Hellenic Banks Association & its EMAC-EBF representative. He is also a research Fellow at CEPR & CMBI. He holds a PhD in Economics (1983, U.C. Berkeley), and MSc & BA in Applied Mathematics (1978, Harvard University). He was Assistant Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University (1983-1989), Associate Professor and subsequently Full Professor at Rutgers University (1989-1993). During 2000-2004, he was Director of the Economic Office of Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis.  He was included in the Hall of Fame of the top-50 individual publishers worldwide in applied econometrics over 1989 to 1995.

Vassilis Kafatos

Vassilis Kafatos is a Partner of Deloitte, established the Thessaloniki office and is in charge of Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations Consulting Services in Greece. He has extensive consulting experience in various industries, including travel, hospitality & leisure, real estate, consumer business & manufacturing, technology, media & telecommunications. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American - Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece and as an Honorary Board member of the International Business Association. He holds a degree in Economic Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MBA in Corporate Strategy from the University of Texas at Austin and postgraduate diplomas in Business Leadership from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD).

Dimitris Keridis

Dr. Keridis is a Professor of International Politics at Panteion University of Athens, the director of the Navarino Network, a public policy think-tank in Thessaloniki, the director of research at the Karamanlis Foundation, the deputy director of the Institute of International Relations in Athens and the director of the annual Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies in Olympia, Greece.  Dr. Keridis is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Ph.D. 1998, MALD 1994) and holds a J.D. from the Law School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1991).

Dimitris Takas

Dimitris Takas is currently the President of Inteco SA (Land Development), General Manager of IRI (Solar Energy) and a Member of the Board of Directors of several northern Greek companies. He has been a Member of the Young Presidents Organization and has served as the General Secretary of the Federation of Industries of N. Greece, as the Vice President of the Federation of Associations of the E.U. Frozen Food Producers, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Thessaloniki and as the President of the Hellenic Management Association of N. Greece. He also participates in many non-profit Organizations, Foundations and Chambers.  He has been the Honorary Consul General of Hungary for N. Greece, since 1990. He has a BS (1970) and MS in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (1972).

Asteris Tsoukalas

Asteris Tsoukalas is the Head of Thessaloniki‘s regional office of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission since 2006. Prior to HCMC he worked at the financial sector in investment services firms for approximately 10 years (HSBC Securities, P&K Securities and Egnatia Securities). He holds an MA in Finance and Investments from the University of Exeter (1994) and a BS in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992), where he graduated as valedictorian. He also holds a Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the Association of International Accountants (2008) and certifications of professional suitability from HCMC and ADEX. He is currently studying for his PhD thesis at the Democritus University of Thrace.


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