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Division of Humanities and Social Sciences

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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. Teaching and research strengths within the division include: history, politics, and European integration; communication and media, modern literature, and language teaching methodology; psychology; anthropology; social and cultural studies. In addition, the Division offers a solid liberal arts course basis to all ACT’s academic and professional programs.

Goals & Objectives Available Courses BA in International Relations BA in English

Minors

Diplomacy and International Relations Communication and New Media

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Business Division

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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.

Goals & Objectives Available Courses BS in Business Administration

Minors

Human Resource Management International Business

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Sarah Sherman, 2010

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This class has been one of most interesting and fun classes I have taken and I believe that is due to your passion for teaching. I have been struggling the past semester with what I want to do after I graduate in December, trying to figure out if I was in the right field, but taking your class and hearing your stories sparked a little motivation for me and now I am excited to head out into the business world.

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BS in Business Administration

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Today's society requires business leaders with a well-rounded, comprehensive education, not only well- trained in functional business principles but also broadly across disciplines such as politics, science, ethics, computers, or history. A degree in Business ensures not only access to a wide array of positions, but also a significant head start and speedier climb to positions of increasing responsibility. 

ACT's business curriculum is typical of the US university approach to a well-rounded comprehensive education, not mere functional training. It produces thinking leaders that can react to a dynamic environment. The program challenges students to become successful managers and leaders in their respective countries and internationally. The school's involvement in the Balkan business network ensures an abundance of real-world examples and applications of the concepts learned. Moreover, ACT's business courses are taught by seasoned practitioners, many with international business experience, who provide a practical global perspective of business.

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The Dukakis Center

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Τhe Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service offers opportunities for students to undertake formal and informal internships on and off campus, and allows students to interact directly with senior practitioners in public affairs. The Center hosts many extracurricular activities, including guest lectures, MUN simulations, study trips, and so on.

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BA in International Relations

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ACT’s prestigious Bachelor of Arts in International Relations features career-track training in international diplomacy, with an internationally oriented pre-law option for American students. The program of studies is particularly strong in American and EU politics, international law and organizations, gender, globalization, and contemporary Balkan and Aegean affairs.

Our IR curriculum is taught by devoted international faculty, many of whom are actively involved in public affairs themselves, providing practical and theoretical training for a successful career in a government ministry, an international organization, an NGO, and in the private industry.

IR majors may choose one of three four-course specializations, Diplomacy, Sustainability, and International Business (in collaboration with the Division of Business), while ACT students majoring in other disciplines may opt to take a Minor in Diplomacy and International Relations.

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Computing

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Computing is a growing and continuously evolving discipline that provides ongoing opportunity for its graduates.  Businesses and other organizations increasingly depend on computer-based data collection, organization and analysis to inform their decisions and computing professionals are in high demand worldwide.

ACT offers the opportunity to students to obtain a well-rounded degree in Computer Science or an applied degree in Business Computing.

The computing curriculum is both rigorous and challenging and provides students with both theoretical background but also the practical skills needed by organizations and companies across the board.  The program allows students to readily combine Computing studies with other disciplines such as Business, etc., and the school's IT labs, Electronics-Robotics lab and Fabrication Lab in the Niarchos Technology Center make state-of-the-art IT facilities easily accessible to students in the program.

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FAQ

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Q. Why should one choose to study English?

A. A degree in English is a versatile degree. Students learn to research, analyze, and interpret information; they become critical, innovative, and creative thinkers, better at communicating in different contexts. They learn to explore the written culture of the world around them, both past and present, and they also learn how words, texts and images are influenced by social factors such as technology, global politics, and cultural norms. It’s easy to see how a degree in English, which exposes students to numerous disciplines, is a stepping-stone to different areas of graduate study and the door to diverse career options.


Q. Why does the major feature two particular concentrations, Language and Literature, and Communication and New Media?

A. Although the major is English, we wanted to create a program that is relevant to today’s academic and professional realities. Nowadays, an English degree is much more than reading great authors or training to be a teacher. Both concentrations share a common core of English courses, and all courses are upgraded and modernized to make the program distinctive, fresh, and marketable. Students can choose to combine literature courses with media design, or strengthen their communication skills through courses in global marketing, e-politics, or writing for social change, depending on interest and specific career paths in mind.  Here, in a nutshell, Shakespeare meets Facebook and language becomes image.


Q. What makes the ACT BA in English unique?

A. It offers a synthesis of traditional and contemporary course content. It provides students with vital knowledge in the subject areas of literature, social media & communication, gender, linguistics, and culture. All courses adopt a creative and analytical approach to learning, which enables students to operate more effectively in multicultural, interdisciplinary environments, both as individuals and future professionals. Small classes, superb facilities, international student body, experienced and dedicated faculty, make an ideal learning environment.


Q. What career options do English graduates have?

A. Companies today are seeking graduates with strong communication & writing skills, critical & creative thinking, and training in research and analysis.  Analytical and communication skills sharpened through English study are transferable, that is, they’re useful in almost any occupation.  Here are some indicative positions that require these skills: • Media & Public Relations Associate • Business Communication Editor • Publishing & Editorial Assistant • Online Content Writer/Designer • Advertising Specialist • Research Analyst • Teacher • Writer • Librarian.

The professional world awaits English majors!

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Learning Outcomes

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Upon completion of their studies, English graduates should possess the following:

  • demonstrable knowledge and appreciation of texts, concepts and theories relating to the English major;
  • demonstrable knowledge of authors, literary movements and the ability to discuss these within the context of the evolution of English language and literature;
  • capacity for close reading and critical analysis of diverse forms of discourse;
  • advanced literacy and confident use of a wide range of vocabulary and the appropriate critical terminologies;
  • ability to deliver informed written work and to present arguments in a sustained discursive style;
  • informed awareness of the central role of language in the creation of meaning and in communication;
  • demonstrable knowledge of the impact of social and new media in education, communication and the working environment;
  • confidence in the use and application of information technology, computer skills and relevant business resources;
  • awareness of how diverse social and cultural contexts affect language and judgement;
  • the ability to adapt and transfer the theoretical, creative and critical skills of the discipline to the demands of a range of academic fields and professions;
  • the capacity for independent thought and informed initiative demonstrated through critical or creative practice, both orally and in writing;
  • the ability to work with and in relation to others in gathering, presenting and evaluating information from diverse disciplines.
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Certificate Programs

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The certificate program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is offered at two levels: Introductory and Advanced. The introductory level is open to beginners with little formal teacher training, English language proficiency certificate holders and university students or  graduates of English, and offers participants a solid grounding in current approaches to teaching English as a foreign language. The advanced level is aimed at experienced teachers of English and provides in-depth coverage of specialized subjects. Both levels include substantial hands-on practical training.

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