Minor in Multimedia and Web Development


Brief Description

The minor in multimedia and web development focuses in the new media. The topics taught include computer animation, interactive media production, professional web design and web programming. Students acquire a solid foundation in multimedia and web development software applications and design issues. They work in the areas of web page design, image design, creation and manipulation, image composition, 2-D and 3-D graphics, and audio and video production and integration.

The students work in state-of-the-art multimedia labs, where they learn how to use software applications from Adobe, Macromedia and Discreet, ranging from Photoshop to 3DS Max. They produce web sites, interactive CD-ROMs, create 2- D and 3-D imagery and motion graphics, design sound for multimedia products, and develop skills in nonlinear digital video editing.

Graduates of this program are pursuing careers in this fascinating and rapidly expanding field, entering the market as media producers, information architects, interactive and web designers.

Minor Requirements

  • Computer Science 105: Introduction to Programming I
  • Computer Science 107: Multimedia I
  • Computer Science 206: Web Development
  • Computer Science 207: Multimedia II
  • Computer Science 209: 3-D Digital Design I, or
  • Computer Science 219: Video Game Design Computer Science with UNITY and Blender
  • Computer Science 306: Advanced Web Development

Minor in Computer Science


Brief Description

The minor in Computer science provides to students, who are completing a bachelor’s degree in another field of study, the fundamentals in a number of computer science fields. There are two options one focusing in Programming and Databases and a second in Programming and Networks. A number of interesting electives are periodically available to students in digital media, web programming, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, etc. (not available to Business Computing majors)

Minor Requirements

  • Computer Science 105: Introduction to Programming I
  • Computer Science 215: Data Structures
  • Computer Science 312: Database Management Systems, or
  • Computer Science 322 Networking Operating Systems & Administration
  • 3 Computer Science electives *

*CS 205 should be included in the place of one of the computer science electives in the case that CS 312 is selected


Division of Technology & Sciences: Goals & Objectives


The mission of the Division of Technology & Science is to offer innovative, leading edge technology programs in computing and academically sound service courses in the areas of Mathematics, Statistics and Science. As computing is a rapidly evolving discipline we continuously adapt our curriculum and facilities to meet the changing demands of the computing profession. 

The computing programs target students that are interested primarily in Computing and Business with an emphasis in Information Systems and also students or professionals that are interested to specialize in certain areas in computing. In particular the certificate and special programs provide training opportunities for the wider community.

Courses in the Division are designed to broaden students’ perspectives on the role of computing, mathematics, statistics and science in the modern world, while equipping them with both computer literacy and quantitative skills. A broad range of computing courses is offered, the majority having a strong laboratory component with emphasis on application.

The programs do not concentrate only on the latest technologies, which at some point will become outdated, but provide students with excellent critical skills and systematic thinking that will allow them to become lifelong learners and succeed in a wide variety of technical and managerial positions. Students are prepared for a successful career in the field of computing and its applications and/or additional study in computing or Business at the graduate level. State of the art computer facilities include high-speed servers and over 100 workstations in 5 laboratories. The Science facilities include biology, physics, chemistry and robotics-microelectronics laboratories covering a total area of over 290 m2. All facilities are connected to a high-speed campus network and are connected to the internet.


Technology and Science Division - Available Courses


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

Computer Science and Mathematics Courses

Computer Science

Computer Science 100: Word Processing

In this non-credit course students acquire accuracy and speed on using the computer - keyboard by learning the “blind typing method”. Students also develop their overall computer literacy by gaining exposure to the Windows operating system, including basic training in word processing (Word).

Computer Science 101: Introduction to Computing

The course aims at making the student an effective computer user within the contemporary networked environment of both the office and the Internet. Students learn the usage of modern programs suitable for composition, calculation and presentation, as well as the facilities available for communicating and researching through the Internet. The fundamentals of how the computer and a network of computers work are discussed in order to provide a basic understanding of the modern computing environment. May be taken as Computer Science GER.

Computer Science 105: Introduction to Programming I – Structured Programming

This is an introduction to computing and computer programming using the Java or C language. Students are introduced to the basic elements of computing hardware, information technology and computer programming. Programming is explained, demonstrated and practiced using the Java or C programing language. Ultimately the course aims to advance beyond basic computing skills towards software engineering, instructing students to develop autonomy as sophisticated computer users and programmers. May be taken as Computer Science GER.

Computer Science 106: Introduction to Programming II – Object oriented programming

The course provides a systematic coverage of Object Oriented Modelling and Applications. Topics include Object Models, Object Class Design, Inheritance and Polymorphism, Software Reuse with Classes, Application Modelling, Simulation with Object Classes, and Business Process Modelling with Objects. Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a revolutionary concept that changed the rules in computer program development. OOP is organized around “objects” rather than “actions”, data rather than logic. Historically, a program has been viewed as a logical procedure that takes input data, processes it, and produces output data. The programming challenge was seen as how to write the logic, not how to define the data. Object-oriented programming takes the view that, “what we really care about:”, are the objects we want to manipulate rather than the logic required to manipulate them.

The course expands on the material covered in CS105 with the following aims:
• Further cultivation of algorithmic thinking and refinement of existing procedural programming skills
• Familiarization with the Object Oriented programming methodology
• Exposure to Java classes for building graphical interfaces and other extensions
May be taken as Computer Science GER. Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 107: Digital Media Toolkit

This course is an introduction to digital multimedia. All media components (digital images/graphics, text, animation, sound and digital video) are introduced and their parameters defined and studied. Software multimedia development tools necessary for the creation or capture of digital media are presented and students acquire hands-on experience with a package for each media category. Hardware essential for the capture/creation of the media is also presented. Multimedia project design parameters are examined and applied to a student capstone project. The main software used in this course will be Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe Camera Raw and/ or Lightroom. Other software may be used, which will be announced at the beginning of the course. May be taken as Computer Science GER.

Computer Science 130: Introduction to electronics and robotics programming

The primary difference between robots and other types of computing devices is their ability to have a physical effect on their environment, rather than to simply gather, process and communicate data. This is particularly apparent in the case of autonomous and semi-autonomous mobile robots: they face the challenge of acquiring data from their surroundings, selecting their own navigation waypoints and dynamically altering their course of action to account for obstacles, power supply restrictions and unexpected events. In this introductory experiential learning course, students will work in teams and be challenged to build both the hardware chassis and software algorithms for such robots, using the Lego Mindstorms robotics kit and additional resources. The course will commence with simple sensor data acquisition, proceed with the use of actuators, basic navigation, obstacle avoidance, sensor data fusion and conclude with several robotic team challenges. Prereq: Basic computing, numerical and analytical skills. Previous exposure to programming code considered an advantage but not necessary.

Computer Science 151: Quantitative Computing

The course aims at deepening student quantitative skills by interrelating mathematical modeling and spreadsheet implementation. Students are presented real-world problems encountered in the modern enterprise, with emphasis on spreadsheet computing and are taught both the mathematical background and the necessary structures for tackling the problem with spreadsheets. Emphasis is placed on mutual translation of mathematical model and spreadsheet implementation. Focus is on Business Planning and topics are drawn from Microeconomics, Finance, Marketing, Managerial and Financial Accounting. Mathematical topics covered include: Real numbers and their computer implementation, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, linear programming and optimization, recursive models, discrete approximation of the derivative and integral. May be taken as Computer Science GER. Prereq: Computer Science 101 or 105, Math 101

Computer Science 201: Business Computing

The course aims at presenting Business majors with the basic computing structures needed to support a company’s management. Students will be exposed to data tables from a variety of business activities as well as the database techniques necessary to model and effectively process these data for the purposes of company assessment and planning. Examples of applications residing in the WWW will be presented, analyzed and subsequently implemented by students with the database medium used in the course. Prereq: Computer Science 151

Computer Science 205: Business Data Management

The purpose of COMP SCI 205 is to introduce the idea of business data management, data modeling, and processing methodologies with the use of standalone design tools and personal databases. It aims at fostering proper data design through the relational methodology and developing all necessary data processing and presentation skills. The aims of this course are to:
• Define the role of Systems Analyst and Database designer.
• Explain System Analysis and interpersonal communication skills that the System Analyst must have
• Explain Project Management and discuss tools that the system analyst must have
• Explain the Methodologies that are used for Systems Analysis and Database Design
• Explain the various tools that certain methodologies use
Provide students the opportunity to work on the most popular database (Oracle), in a project in order to implement the taught methodologies. Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 206: Web Development

COMP SCI 206 is an introductory course for beginning web designers. We will explore some essential concepts related to the creation of effective web sites. In the last portion of the course we will concentrate on client-side scripting using the programming language JavaScript. This course aims at introducing students the basic web design guidelines, Fundamentals of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML), and how to use a Simple HTML Editor as well as Web Authoring Tools. Also, one of the main goals of the course will be to understand what scripting languages are and to be able to develop scripts. Prereq. Computer Science 101 or 105

Computer Science 207: Multimedia II

This course is the continuation of CS107. Advanced editing techniques of digital images and digital video will be presented, studied and practiced. Basic animation techniques (using Macromedia Flash) will be presented, studied and practiced. Students will acquire further skills on capture hardware (Photo, Video, Audio). Individual student capstone projects on Video and animation will be assigned at the end of the course. Prereq: Computer Science 107 or permission of instructor

Computer Science 209: 3-D Digital Design I

The focus of this course is the introduction to the 3D workspace, creation tools, and the basics of 3D design. Including modeling 3D geometry, creating material textures and lighting, and rendering output to animation and still image formats. 3D animation techniques will also be presented, studied and practiced. The concepts and interrelationships of developing a story and character from premise to production will be presented, studied and implemented by students on a final capstone project. Students will acquire hands-on experience using 3ds max and will build on their 2D skills with the use of Photoshop as an aid in the creation of texture maps. Prereq: Computer Science 107

Computer Science 215: Data Structures

The purpose of CS215 is to introduce students to the main concepts and implementation principles of object-oriented programming and data structures, using Java as the programming language. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in CS105 – Introduction to Programming I. The course is split in two parts; the first part deals with object-oriented programming using Java, re-enforcing the fundamental concepts learned in CS105. The second part of the course introduces data structures. The data structures examined include arrays, lists, queues, stacks, trees, heaps, hash tables and graphs. Searching, sorting, inserting, deleting and other simple operations on these structures will also be discussed.
Prereq: Computer Science 106

Computer Science 219: Video Game Design

This course introduces the critical study of computer video games and the professional practice of game design. Through readings, discussions, research, and practical “hands-on” projects, students will better understand the current market for games and simulations and develop the fundamental skills necessary to enter the international computer games industry. Although the commercial video game pipeline will be discussed, the actual production framework for the class will mirror a ‘Indie” game team “prototype game level” development. Students will be expected to fill multiple roles in the production process, and gain hands-on experience in the collaborative processes of game design, project management, scripting, content creation pipeline, in game animation, and play-testing. Prereq: Computer Science 107; CS105 recommended or permission by instructor

Computer Science 222: Cisco Networking Fundamentals and Router Configuration

This course offers an introduction to computer systems and networking fundamentals based on the OSI network model and industry standards. The first part teaches the fundamentals of network design and the installation of cabling. Topics covered are network topologies, IP addressing, including subnet masks, networking components, and basic network design. In the second part of the course, students begin simple router configuration exercises and are introduced to LAN switching. Topics covered are routing theory and router technologies, router configuration, routed and routing protocols.
Prereq. Computer Science 101 or 105 or permission by instructor

Computer Science 230: Introductory Systems Programming

The course continues from CS105, Structured Programming, aiming to making students familiar with a variety of fundamental software engineering challenges which can be solved by developing the appropriate software algorithms. The course furthers algorithmic skills with increased emphasis on systems programming. More elaborate data structures are manipulated and the role of libraries accessing Operating System resources (Disk, I/O) is examined. In this manner the course serves as a bridge between the Programming Fundamentals and the Computing Systems programme threads. The course employs a high-level language (C++) and investigates structured programming as follow-up to the introductory course in programming. More elaborate structures are learned and employed, in order to solve a wide range of tasks. Intricacies of the C/C++ languages are investigated and related to computer architecture (pointers, variable addresses, memory allocation). The course, in addition to furthering algorithmic thinking skills, also serves as the introductory course for the Computing Systems programme thread, as the relationship of the high level language with the underlying computer system is investigated and applied to system programming tasks involving I/O with a variety of external devices (user interaction, storage, microcontrollers). Prereq. Computer Science 101 or 105 or permission by instructor

Computer Science 235: Artificial Intelligence

This introduction to the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have as its central subject the question “Can machines think?” The course considers the history of “thinking machines” and the current state of the art. Typical cognitive tasks performed by machines involve visual perception and recognition, understanding language and translation, diagnosing a patient, and playing games such as chess. The course asks at what point we may say that machines are intelligent (Turing Test); what is computation, what is computable, and what is decidable (Church-Turing Thesis); whether thought is simply a kind of computation and the human mind a kind of computer (Classical symbol-manipulating AI vs. connectionism/neural networks); whether there are aspects of human intelligence that cannot be transformed into algorithms; and the relation between AI and the building of robots and other “autonomous agents.” Prereq: Computer Science 101 or 105, Philosophy 101

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. Students will be ready to comprehend the e-commerce domain and apply it technically. Prereq: Computer Science 101 or 105 Computer Science 300: Mobile Application Programming This course focuses on the fundamentals of mobile strategy and development, application architecture and design. Students will have the opportunity to learn the benefits and challenges of mobile application planning, design, development and strategy through real world examples and actual project work. Through readings, discussions, research, and practical “handson” projects, students will better understand the current market for mobile applications and develop the fundamental skills necessary to enter the mobile application industry. This course aims to teach how to build cross-platform mobile solutions to solve complex problems using iOS and Android phones and tablets. The course will teach students how to develop software for iOS and Android mobile devices through real world examples and strategies. Students will be guided through a complete mobile development lifecycle during the semester, and be given the opportunity to develop a series of applications.
Prereq: Computer Science 106 or permission by instructor

Computer Science 304: Introduction to Mobile Device Programming

This course focuses on learning to program small size applications (apps) for Android, the most common open source operating system for smartphone and tablet devices. Students will be introduced to the Android software development kit and learn to write apps that combine sensor readings with user input, deposit and retrieve data from the cloud and publish their creations on the Android app ecosystem. There will be a final app creation competition which will be judged on utility, originality, versatility and coding elegance. Programming experience is recommended for all participants.
Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 305: Programming in C++ and Matlab

This course builds on the algorithmic skills developed by students, and focuses into materializing this knowledge into developing computer programs to tackle real world problems using the programming language C++. Topics include program structure, functions, arrays, pointers. The course also provides an overview of the top-ranked Mathematics software Matlab. A final integrated project addresses the issues involved into combining C++ and Matlab and helps students appreciate problem solving in the real world environment.

Computer Science 306: Advanced Web Development

This course builds upon the skills and knowledge about creating and publishing Web pages and sites taught in CS 206. It also introduces students to advanced web development areas, required for students interested in pursuing a career in web site design. This course aims mainly on client-side scripting using the programming language JavaScript. The objective will be to understand what scripting languages are and to be able to develop scripts. The course will also offer an introduction to jQuery library, Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), basically showing the benefits of their use and applying it to certain programming tasks. In the last portion of the course, students will gain a practical knowledge about the currently most used web content management environments. By combining lectures with seminar discussions and extensive hands-on experiences the course will introduce the students both to the applied aspects of content management technologies but also to the theoretical issues involved. Prereq: Computer Science 105 & 206

Computer Science 309: 3-D Digital Design II

This Course will build on the existing cs209 course and serve as a more in-depth study of 3d digital design in practice and theory. This course will continue development from cs209 topics, and the following intermediate to advanced topics which are beyond the scope of CS209, will be presented, studied and practiced. This includes, Nurbs and Patch surface modeling, advanced Material, Mapping and Lighting techniques and more advanced Rendering methods. Advanced character animation tools will also be covered including Character studio and Max’s character animation tools. It will also cover Dynamic simulations using Reactor and introduces max scripting. Prereq: Computer Science 209

Computer Science 310: Hardware & Computer Architecture

This course addresses the structure and function of modern digital computing devices, ranging from the compilation process down to the hardware level. Despite the pace of change and variability in the fields of informatics, electronics and computer engineering, certain fundamental digital design concepts apply consistently throughout. CS310 students will both gain the relevant theoretical understanding and have a chance to apply it in practice designing, simulating, troubleshooting and optimizing their own combinational and sequential logic circuits. The course concludes with a discussion on system level organization and architecture of modern computing devices. This course builds on knowledge and skills acquired in CS105 – Introduction to Programming I. Upon successful completion of the course students be able to:
• Understand and be able to explain the significance and function of fundamental components within a typical modern
computing device (processor, memory, I/O, operating system), their interconnections with each other and the outside world.
• Comprehend and follow the data flow through the internal structure of a digital microprocessor.
• Understand the importance and function of logic gates as primary building components in digital design.
• Analyse combinational digital circuits and optimize them using Karnaugh maps.
• Be able to design, simulate, troubleshoot and optimize their combinational and sequential digital logic circuits.
• Recognize and understand basic Assembly language and Machine Code.
Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 312: Database Management Systems

The purpose of the course is to offer a systematic coverage of modern Database Computing theory and technology. Topics include: Relational Algebra, Data Modelling, Database Design, Client-Server Database Management Systems, Interface Design, trends in Database Systems, combination of Object Oriented Modelling and Relational Databases. Prereq: Computer Science 205

Computer Science 321: Operating Systems

This course deepens understanding of how contemporary computing systems are structured and, in particular, supported by an Operating System. It is a culmination course within the Computing Systems programme thread. Operating Systems are the brain of any computing system. They handle the body/DNA (hardware) as well as behaviour (usage of system by user). Following rapid to revolutionary technological developments the field of Operating Systems also undergoes tremendous changes, which constantly evolve the conception of an OS and of course the technological challenges involved in its implementation. The course aims at outlining the role of an OS in a diachronic way while comparing and contrasting design choices spanning the evolution of the field. It aims at defining fundamental needs that a von Neumann machine has from the Operating System in order to be functional, optimal and attractive to the user. The course explains Operating Systems architecture and examines trade-offs involved in different, evolving systems. It further examines diachronic as well as contemporary issues involved in Operating System design by comparing and contrasting relevant design and algorithmic choices. The course involves lab work: Communication with the OS at a low level via a Linux shell and programming tasks addressing aspects of Operating System design and implementation. Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 322: Network Operating Systems and Administration

This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge of how computer networks are designed, engineered and operated. This includes knowledge of the fundamental algorithms used in the management of both resources and traffic and how these algorithms may interact with application programs. Instruction includes, but is not limited to network terminology and protocols, network standards, LANs, WANs, OSI models, cabling, cabling tools, routers, router programming, star topology, and IP addressing. The student will study and design networks, using Ethernet, TCP/IP Addressing Protocol, and dynamic routing. Particular emphasis is given to the use of decision-making and problem-solving techniques in applying science, mathematics, communication, and social studies concepts to solve networking problems. Prereq: Computer Science 215

Computer Science 323: Java Network Programming

The aims of the course are to provide students with the basic knowledge and understanding of computer networks with Java essentials - how Java language associates with computer networking topics. This ranges from the essential elements of the Java programming language to networking fundamentals and distributed systems’ principles. It will also provide an introduction to the theory, design and implementation of network software. Prereq: Computer Science 105

Computer Science 325: Distributed Applications

The purpose of the course is to examine in detail the software and hardware technologies prevalent in the Internet and provide an introduction to the principles and methods for creating distributed on-line client/server applications that are the basis for electronic commerce as it is conducted over the Internet. Methods and tools such as HTML, the Common Gateway Interface, PHP, database connectivity tools and MySQL are presented. Coverage is also given to emerging standards for information exchange, encryption and validation. Prereq: Computer Science 312

Computer Science 330: Introduction to Mobile Robotics

The primary difference between robots and other types of computing devices is their ability to physically interact with their environment, rather than to simply gather, process, store and communicate data. This is particularly apparent in the case of autonomous and semi autonomous mobile robots: they face the challenge of acquiring data from their surroundings, selecting their own navigation waypoints and dynamically altering their course of action to account for obstacles, power supply restrictions and unexpected events. In this course theoretical instruction is combined with experiential learning and challenge driven software development. Students participating in this course are challenged individually and in teams to build the hardware chassis and software control algorithms for mobile robots. The course assumes a basic background in structured programming and proceeds with an introduction to both visual and text source code robotic programming (C, RobotC); basic electronics circuit design and troubleshooting; microcontroller programming; sensor data acquisition algorithms; actuator control; robotic navigation and obstacle avoidance; basic sensor data fusion; and concludes with a final robotic design challenge which integrates all aforementioned knowledge and skills. This course builds on structured programming skills developed in CS105: Introduction to Programming. Prereq: CS 105: Introduction to Programming or equivalent

Computer Science 333: Cisco Advanced LAN and WAN Design

In the first part of this course, students learn to configure routers and switches and use network management techniques to find and fix network problems. Topics covered include advanced router configuration, LAN switching theory, and VLANs. There is significant emphasis on project-based learning. In the second part of the course, concepts and methods involved in wide area networking (WAN) design and implementation are introduced. Topics include WAN theory and design, WAN technology, PPP, Frame Relay, and ISDN. Numerous topics and issues are covered through the use of threaded case studies. By the end of this course, students complete advanced projects in network design and management. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate test (CCNA). Prereq: Computer Science 222

Computer Science 412: Object Oriented Programming

The course revisits Object Oriented application development methodology at the Senior level, examining its effectiveness in the life cycle of professional applications and software reuse through the adoption of Object Oriented Design Patterns. It presupposes the knowledge earned through the introductory line of the Programming Fundamentals programme thread and follows level 5 modules relating to Data Modelling (CS 312) and Systems Design (CS450) while specialising them within the context of Web Development. Currently CSC 325 (Distributed Systems) is a necessary prerequisite concerning web deployment technologies. The module mostly emphasizes the employment of OO concepts to Web Development yet it is of general enough nature for a level 6 module as the design patterns examined are applicable to a wide range of technologies and application domains. Prereq: Computer Science C215, CS 312, CS325 or permission by the instructor.

Computer Science 421: Computer Systems Security

This course aims at providing both a theoretical and practical background concerning issues of security in modern, networked systems. Cryptography is covered first (essentially discussions of standard algorithms). The remainder of the module focuses on techniques that can be used to safeguard real systems. Topics that are covered include Key management and credentials, Steganography and watermarking, Network security (VPNs, Firewalls, Intrusion Detection) and System Security Policies. Risk assessment and threat models as well as social engineering will be covered. Prereq: Computer Science 321, CS322 or permission by the Instructor.

Computer Science 422: Advanced DBMS

This course focuses on creating and manipulating databases using SQL and PL/SQL programming languages for Oracle databases. Advanced query capabilities and procedural constructs are described using SQL and PL/SQL. The theoretical foundation for using these capabilities is presented. Performance issues are discussed including indexing, key definitions, and data constraints. The role of application development in ease of use, query optimization, and system performance is discussed. The module aims to teach students to use advanced SQL statements and PL/SQL programming features such as IF statements, Loops, Stored Functions/Procedures, Tables, Cursors, Stored Packages, Stored Triggers and creating and maintaining various databases. SmartDraw and Designer of Oracle is used for ERD’s. APEX, SQL Plus and SQL Navigator, SQL Server Management Studio are used as user interface of the databases. Prereq: Computer Science 312

CS 443 – CS 444: Capstone Project

This is a set of linked courses to be taken in sequence over the course of the senior year. The course aims to give students the opportunity to work in a guided but independent fashion to explore a substantial problem in depth, making practical use of principles, techniques and methodologies acquired elsewhere in the program of studies. It also aims to give experience of carrying out a large piece of individual work and in producing a final project report. It has two distinct phases: the preparatory phase focusing on literature review, assessment of Technologies and Project Specification and the implementation phase focusing on project design, development, documentation and presentation.

Computer Science 450: System Analysis and Design

The module introduces the waterfall model for system/application development and the formal tools employed in its various stages. The objectives of the module are to:
• Provide formal tools for functional and non-functional requirements collection and documentation (ERD, UML, DFD,
• Define the role of the systems analyst and designer.
• Build project management and interpersonal communication skills that the system analyst must have.
• Explain the methodologies that are used for systems analysis and design.
• Follow through the waterfall model (and discuss deviations therefrom), presenting the relevant tools at each stage.
• Provide the problem solving background for resolving trade-offs inherent in design.
• Present principles of quality and correctness testing.
• Provide students the opportunity to work as a team of analysts and designers in a project to implement the taught methodologies.
Students develop technical, analytical and business skills that support the pursuit of professional careers and advanced computer science studies. Prereq: Computer Science 201 or 205

Computer Science 499: Advanced Programming Tools

This course is a complete introduction to .NET and object-oriented programming. This course will help students build a solid foundation in .NET, and show how to apply these skills by using numerous examples. Learning .NET introduces fundamentals like Visual Studio .NET, a tool set for building Windows and Web applications. Students learn about the syntax and structure of the Visual Basic .NET language, including operators, classes and interfaces, structures, arrays, threads, console, passing parameters, sessions, cookies and manipulating all type of strings. Students will also be asked to develop various kinds of applications--including those that work with databases (ADO)--and web services (ASPX) and making use of XML. Finally the course focuses on how to build installable applications using the Setup platform of .NET to create .MSI self installed applications. Prereq: Computer Science 412 or Permission of instructor


Mathematics 100: Mathematics for Decision-Making

An introduction to selected areas of mathematics in familiar settings with the objective of developing students’ conceptual and problem solving skills. The course includes a study of mathematical concepts selected from graph theory, planning and scheduling techniques, statistics, probability, game theory, growth patterns, coding information, voting systems and apportionment. May be taken as a Math and Statistics GER.

Mathematics 101: Elements of Finite Mathematics

This course places an emphasis on the role of functions (coordinate systems, properties, graphs and applications of polynomial, rational, logarithmic and exponential functions), solving systems of linear equations, matrix operations, mathematics of finance, and introductory counting techniques. May be taken as a Math and Statistics GER.

Mathematics 115: Calculus

This course covers: rate of change and introduction of the derivative for functions of one variable; applications of the derivative to graphing one-variable functions and to optimization problems; introduction of functions of several variables and partial derivatives; problems of unconstrained and constrained multivariable optimization; applications of differential equations; integration of functions of one variable and applications, and advanced methods of optimization. Emphasis is placed on applications and problem solving through conventional and computer methods. May be taken as a Math and Statistics GER. Prereq: Math 101

Mathematics 120: Calculus I

This course provides a solid foundation in Calculus concepts, tools and techniques for the student entering Science and Engineering fields.The course covers definition, calculation, and major uses of the derivative, as well as an introduction to integration. Topics include limits; the derivative as a limit; rules for differentiation; and formulas for the derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, and exponential/logarithmic functions. Also discusses applications of derivatives to motion, density, optimization, linear approximations, and related rates. Topics on integration include the definition of the integral as a limit of sums, anti-differentiation, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and integration by the U-substitution and Integration by parts technique.The course emphasizes conceptualization, modelling, and skills. There is a concentration on multiple ways of viewing functions, on a variety of problems where more than one approach is possible, and on student activity and discussion.

Mathematics 220: Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

Discrete mathematics can be defined as the study of structures consisting of a sequence of individual, separated steps. As such, they contrast with calculus, the latter describing processes which vary continuously or smoothly. If one can claim that the ideas of calculus were fundamental to the industrial revolution, then one can safely assume that the backbone of the science and technology of the computer age is discrete mathematics.

The purpose of this course is for the students to understand and use the aforementioned discrete backbones of computer science. In particular, this class is meant to introduce logic, proofs, sets, relations, functions, counting, and probability, with an emphasis on applications in computer science. Further, this course will cover fundamental mathematical foundations required for conceiving, proving, and analysing algorithms. Prereq: MATH 101, Computer Science 105


Statistics 205: Statistics I

This course introduces students to basic statistical concepts and techniques. Each technique is illustrated by examples, which help students to understand not only how the statistical techniques are used, but also why decision-makers need to use them. Topics covered include Frequency Distributions, Statistical Descriptions, Introduction to Probability Theory, Discrete Probability Distributions, Continuous Probability Distributions, Sampling and Sampling Distributions. Emphasis is given to problem solving with the use of statistical software. May be taken as a Math and Statistics GER. Prereq: Computer Science 101, Math 101

Statistics 305: Statistics II

Continuing from Statistics 205, this course focuses on Interval Estimation, Hypothesis Testing, Statistical Inference about Means and Proportions with Two Populations, Inferences about Population Variances, Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design, Simple Linear Regression and Correlation, Index Numbers, and Non-parametric Methods. Emphasis is given to problem solving with the use of statistical software. Prereq: Stat 205

Natural and Physical Science

Anatomy and Physiology 115: Integrated Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This course is the first part of a two-part Anatomy & Physiology Course. It is designed to provide an understanding of the anatomical structures, function and regulation of integumentary, muscular, skeletal, nervous and endocrine systems. This course aims to provide students with knowledge of normal function of the organ systems and thereby provide the information base for interpreting data relating to health and disease. For those in health fields, this information will serve as the foundation for most of your courses. Co-requisite: Human Anatomy & Physiology 115 Lab

Biology 101: Introduction to Biology

This course introduces the basic principles of modern biology, the framework within which new discoveries are interpreted and the relations among various branches of biological research. Emphasis is given to mammalian - particularly to human - biology, the genetic revolution, the eukaryotic cell, and multicellular systems. Laboratory included. May be taken as a Natural and Physical Science GER.

Biology 112: Principles of Biology

This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of modern biology, the framework within which new discoveries are interpreted, and the relations among various branches of biological research. The goal of this course is to provide firstyear college students with a firm grasp of the major concepts underlying biological processes. Students who are interested in careers in biological sciences, biomedical sciences, and biotechnology should find that the course provides a firm grasp on an understanding of the concepts that will serve them well in their academic track that lies ahead. The materials covered include the structural and functional aspects at the molecular and cellular level of the following: cell structure and function, cell organelles, cellular reproduction, cellular respiration, photosynthetic pathways, Mendelian inheritance, DNA structure, replication, gene structure, and gene function and expression/control.

Chemistry 101: General Chemistry

Designed for non-science majors, this course presents the basic principles of modern Chemistry within the framework of the modern world and the processes involved in technological developments. Information is first presented at the submicroscopic level of electrons, atoms, and molecules to show how subtle events at this level may be propagated upward to affect organisms, societies, and entire ecosystems. Acids, bases, and their equilibria are treated as basic proton/ electron transfer reactions related to organic and inorganic matter. Laboratory included. May be taken as a Natural and Physical Science GER.

Chemistry 115: Chemistry for the Applied Sciences

This course aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. Much of the language and fundamental skills of a chemist is applicable to other scientific fields. Students develop, deepen, and broaden their understanding of connections between the underlying structure of matter and the nature of energy. The course will cover the atomic and molecular structure, the naming of ionic and molecular compounds, the description of the behavior and reactivity of these compounds, the application of stoichiometric relationships, and the prediction of the behavior of gases. In addition, you will get to explore and review the role of work and heat flow in chemical systems, the quantum theory, the electronic structure of atoms, the attractive forces holding the atoms together and influencing their physical properties, and the VSEPR Theory and molecular geometry.

Ecology 110: Ecological Principles

The goal of the course is to introduce students to general ecology. It focuses on major ecological concepts in order to provide students with a robust framework of the discipline upon which they can build. Each discussion is organized around two or four major concepts to present the student with a manageable and memorable synthesis of the lecture and it is supported by case histories that provide evidence for the concept and introduce students to the research approaches used in the various areas of ecology. Special emphasis to local environmental problems countries face and the approaches they use in solving these problems. Laboratory included. May be taken as a Natural and Physical Science GER.

Nutrition 130: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition

The course explores basic concepts of the science of nutrition. Topics include description and role of nutrients, their dietary sources and their fate into the human body (digestion, absorption etc.); energy balance and weight control; eating disorders; nutrition at different developmental stages (childhood, pregnancy, lactation, old age); nutrition in the development/ prevention of human diseases. Emphasis will be given in the use of scientific methodology to explain how nutrients and other food constituents contribute to proper growth, development and health. (4 credits)

Physics 120: University Physics I, for Science & Engineering

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of Mechanics. Topics to be covered include Dynamics, Work, Kinetic and Potential Energy, Systems of Particles, Momentum, Collisions, Rotation, Torque and Angular Momentum, Statics. As far as specific Systems and Force Laws we will look at Fluids, Oscillations, and Gravity. May be taken as a Natural and Physical Science GER.

Offshore Sailing

Sea Sail 100: Sea Sailing Fundamentals

This practical course is for those with little or no experience. The syllabus includes basic seamanship, helmsman ship, and sail trimming and becoming a confident and competent crew member on board a yacht. The course has both theoretical (In-Class) and practical (On-Board) components; with the latter being the largest part of the course. (1 credit)

Sea Sail 101: Introduction to Sea Sailing

The aim of this course is to provide the basic yachting skills so that successful students will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of taking a yacht out without an Instructor on board in light to medium winds in protected waters. The course has both theoretical (In-Class) and practical (On-Board) components; with the latter being the largest part of the course. (3 credits)


HSS Division - Available Courses


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.

International Relations


History 120: The Modern World

This course takes its point of departure in late eighteenth-century Europe during the period of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, and concludes in the late twentieth century with the end of the Cold War and the immediate post-Cold War decade. Course materials integrate social, cultural, political, and economic approaches, as well as aspects of historiographical analysis, in order to facilitate study of both the foundations of the contemporary world and questions relating to historical representation. The course also provides coverage of significant global developments in the modern era. May be taken as Social Sciences/Group C GER

History 201: Women in Modern Times

An upper-level survey which studies the evolving conditions in which women have lived and worked in the western world from ca. 1750 to the present. A variety of types of evidence, from legal documents to art and literature, will be examined. Students will also be introduced to contemporary theoretical developments in the larger field of women’s studies. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 4. Prereq: History 120

History 221: Global Modernities: World History Since 1900

This course examines global history from 1900’s to the present, addressing key themes and trends in the political, cultural, social, and intellectual landscapes of the period. While emphasis will be on interpreting the century’s historical trajectories, the course will also seek to historicize globalization, evaluate the concepts of globality and transnationalism, and study critical responses to globalization. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120

History 230: Byzantine History

A survey of the political, institutional, religious and cultural history of the Byzantine Empire from the reforms of Diocletian and the conversion of Constantine up to the fall of Constantinople. Special attention will be paid to topics involving civilization, theological controversy, and the relations of the Empire with the Arabs, Slavs, and Western Europeans.

History 231: Modern Greek History

This course examines themes in Greece’s recent past such as nationalism, modernization, economic development, constitutional government, territorial expansion, foreign intervention, etc. Readings form the basis for critical analysis of the causes and consequences of major events, of contemporary ideas and of leading personalities through classroom discussion and written assignments. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120

History 232: Thessaloniki: A City and its Inhabitants

Throughout its long history Thessaloniki has been home to many different peoples and cultures. The purpose of this course is to review the history of the city and to focus on the different ethnic communities which have inhabited it, including principally Greeks, Turks, Jews, and Armenians, among others. The course will consider the establishment of the city in Hellenistic times, its Roman and Byzantine periods, the impact of the Ottoman occupation, the coming of the Sephardic Jews, the effects of the Balkan and the two World Wars as well as those of the Holocaust on the city. It will include visits to such important cultural sites as the Archeological Museum, the Museum of Byzantine culture, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Roman antiquities and Ottoman buildings.

History 245: Foreign Policy of the USA (formerly History 342)

This course will provide a detailed examination of American foreign policy since the end of the nineteenth century, following a preliminary overview of American foreign relations from the War of Independence to the 1890s. The purpose of the course will be to identify above all the actors, doctrines, and institutional settings of post-WWII American foreign policy, both in a domestic and in an international, if not global, perspective, and to provide detailed analysis of select episodes in contemporary international politics. US relations with Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Pacific rim states China and Japan will be given special attention, while other regional zones of contention, from Latin American to the Middle East to Southeast Asia, will also be discussed. The course will end with a brief glimpse of the foreign policy of the current US Administration. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120, Politics 101

History 301: History of Ancient Greece

This course presents a survey of ancient Greek history from the Minoan through the Hellenistic period. The course follows a broad chronological account, but at the same time strongly emphasizes thematic trends and various aspects of social, economic and ideological history, including such institutions and values as political ideas, drama, city states, scientific and philosophical inquiry, trade, colonies, daily life, and gender. A variety of primary and secondary source materials will be employed to explore better who the ancient Greeks were and what their legacies have been.

History 331: Topics in Twentieth-Century Greek History

The purpose of this course is to explore in detail some of the main themes in modern Greek history. The course will investigate such topics as immigration and refugees, war and its consequences, the right and the left in Greek politics, the city/country divide and the process of urbanization, and the Greek family and gender identity. The course will also examine modern poetry and literature, and traditional and modern forms of music. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: History 120


Politics 101: Contemporary Politics

The purpose of this course is threefold. First, it explores various dimensions of what political scientists call “governance” and what psychologists call “Machiavellian Intelligence,” namely those instances in our daily lives where humans, by their very nature, engage in activity one might call “political.” Second, the course examines different aspects of the formal, systematic study of political phenomena, commonly known as the academic discipline of political science. Finally, it considers basic elements of negotiation, from simple exchanges with neighbors to formal diplomatic relations in contemporary international relations. GER requirement

Politics 201: International Relations

This course examines the key actors and issues in the field of international relations. It focuses in particular on various institutional, social, and economic issues of current interest. At the same time the course provides an introduction to the main classic and contemporary trends in international relations scholarship. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 4

Politics 202: Political Theory

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to political ideas and their different interpretations in modern times. The course will also focus on various key themes and concepts, such as freedom, justice, rights, and sovereignty, and on classic modern schools


of political thought. Emphasis will be given to expositions of theory in its historical, social, economic and political context. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 5.

Politics 207: The Modern Greek Nation-State

This course analyzes contemporary Greek society by exploring some of its institutions and structures as well as its sociopolitical practices. A thematic organization of the course allows for particular idiosyncrasies of the Greek state to be investigated in depth. Topics for examination are: the Modern Greek state structure, a civil society indicative of clientelism and populism, public administration and the role of political parties, the Greek Orthodox Church and religion, the Greek economy and the European Union, and the role of geopolitics. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: Politics 101

Politics 221: The Balkans in Contemporary International Relations

This course starts by outlining the long-term historical evolution of the region of Southeast Europe in international relations, with a particular focus on the nineteenth century and the formation of modern nation-states, and on the two world wars and their consequences in the twentieth century. The course then shifts to the post-Cold War period, taking into account global, regional, national, and local perspectives on contemporary international relations issues. Special consideration will be given to the role being played in the Balkans by the United Nations and different European organizations and institutions on the one hand, and to the concomitant foreign policies of the concerned Balkan states on the other. The course concludes with an examination of the most pressing challenges facing these states and of the prospects for regional cooperation and peace in the twenty-first century. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: Politics 101

Politics 229: The US Federal Government

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic workings of the American federal government, through a study of the Constitution, of political institutions, and of core values (rights, freedom, property, etc.). In addition, the course will provide a general overview of the evolving character of American political life from the colonial period to the present. Such phenomena and issues as lobbies, the role of the media, and the changing face of the American population (districting) will also be considered; so too will a rudimentary explanation of state and local government be offered. Finally, the course will introduce students to the overlapping methodologies inherent in the study of comparative government. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120 or Politics 101

Politics 231: International Law

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles of international (public) law and to the functioning of major international organizations, and to delineate the intensifying organizational and rule-making activity which has come to be characterized as “global governance.” Students will bte acquainted with the language and the basic concepts of international lawThe role of international organizations, political institutions, political groups, and actors will be a major area of study. The development of international law, its content and effectiveness as a system of rules will be the focus of most of the course. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 4. Prereq: Politics 101

Politics 232: International Organizations and Institutions

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the basic theories and concepts on international organization and to analyze the role of international organizations in the international legal order. The course begins with the historical development of international organizations, and then introduces the students to the various IR and IL theories on the phenomenon of international institutional cooperation. The course then focuses on the IO’s role in the making, implementation and enforcement of international law upon nation-states and individuals, their overall impact in the international order and the question of their accountability. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 5. Prereq: Politics 201

Politics 249: The Politics of International Economic Relations

The course aims at giving the students an advanced understanding of international economic relations. This is done by focusing on the following three aspects of the international political economy: 1) the theoretical debate on the history and nature of the international economic transformations which have been taking place since World War II; 2) the histories and impact of international institutions as key players; 3) the impact on communities of the dominant free-market economic policies of the last three decades with particular attention to the recent financial crisis. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 5. Prereq: Politics 101, Economics 101, History 120

Politics 301: War, Genocide, and Peace in the Modern World

In many respects war seems to be a major preoccupation of humankind. This course sets out to examine various perspectives on the causes, nature, and implications of war and genocide, as well as familiarizing students with the major issues and concepts associated with violent conflict. In addition students will become engaged with the dynamics of efforts to establish peace and resolve conflicts through an examination of applied theoretical frameworks and case study analyses. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 101, History 120

Politics 304: Women, Power, and Politics (formerly Politics 204)

This course provides an examination of the intersection of gender with politics, emphasizing the social construction of gender as well as the notion of citizenship and the part of women within a democratic polity. The course addresses the evolution of public policies affecting both men and women, legal systems and women, and the emerging role of women in state and nonstate political institutions. The course will also explore the challenge that feminist theory has made to the traditional theories of politics and international relations. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 101

Politics 305: Gender and International Development

This course explores the growth of literature about gender and development, particularly with respect to theories, policies and major projects. Aspects such as education, health, and economic and political empowerment will be discussed. The course considers gender as an integral component of socio-economic development at various, interdependent political levels, with a special emphasis on East and Central Europe. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: History 201

Politics 321: US Policy in Southeast Europe

This purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of US diplomacy and involvement in the region of Southeast Europe from the end of the Cold War to the present. The course will consider the Cold War roots of contemporary Balkan policy, with a focus on the wedge policy in Yugoslavia, efforts to build bridges in Eastern Europe and to transform the realities of Soviet containment, the strategies of the Bush, Sr., Administration to deal with the end of the Cold War, the wars of the 1990s in the former Yugoslavia, and, finally, the unfinished business in the Balkans facing the current US administration. The course will also seek to distinguish between crisis management in the former Yugoslavia, and more programmatic economic and political assistance to all former communist regimes in Eastern Europe. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 201

Politics 332: Human Rights

This senior seminar will focus on the basic principles of human rights. Building on the foundation IR students will have received from Politics 231, International Law, it will introduce students to the international and regional conventions and instruments which encode human rights. The course will cover the following issues: how human rights develop; the struggles for human rights; where these rights are encoded; and how to monitor that laws are being enforced. The course will also reflect on how international organizations reflect the values of human rights, not only in their monitoring and campaigning but also in their own practice. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 201

Politics 333: Diplomacy and Negotiation

This course considers the overlapping disciplines of diplomacy, negotiation, and conflict resolution. The course begins with an overview of the historical evolution of contemporary diplomatic relations. The students are introduced to different types of international negotiations. The final segment of the course reviews case studies in complex multiparty conflict resolution. Student evaluation will be based in part on participation in a practical simulation. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 201

Politics 334: Global Security Challenges and International Law

This module sets out to highlight the evolution of the concept of security (from State to human security and beyond) and the dynamism of international law and policy responses vis-à-vis a series of global threats (terrorism, threats to human health, environmental disasters, migration, financial threats). Students will be exposed to moral, legal and policy dilemmas highlighted in specific case-studies concerning global security threats and will be required to examine in depth and critically assess them. In order to fulfill these objectives, the main actors involved and the main tools employed in dealing with these threats will be presented and a series of primary sources related to the case-studies will be commented upon. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 101

Politics 335: Civil Society

The purpose of this course is to consider theoretical and practical dimensions of civil society, through student participation, critical reflection, and sustained research. Following a core definition of civil society, the course examines such relevant themes as empowerment, consent and dissent, justice, education, information, and economics. The course concludes with a series of activities designed to help students establish their own NGO/CSO. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: Politics 201, Economics 101

Politics 350-351: Senior Thesis

An intensive, two-semester research project guided by one or more ACT faculty. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 6. Prereq: senior status and permission of advisor.

Politics 399: Topics in Contemporary International Relations

This course consists of intensive consideration of topical issues in contemporary international relations, taught by master instructors. Students may take the course more than once, provided the content is different each time. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. (Permission of instructor)

European Studies

European Studies 210: Foundations of European Integration

This module will expose students to the historical, political and institutional developments of the European Union. It introduces key developments, institutions and policies, examines the theoretical framework of European integration, and studies the European Union as a global actor, with specific reference to its enlargement process and external relations. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 4. Prereq: Politics 101

European Studies 211: The Politics of the European Union

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major historical, political, and legal developments leading to the creation and evolution of the European Union. The course examines in detail EU treaties, institutions, and policy-making processes, and provides a critical examination of theories of European integration and enlargement. NB Study abroad, non-degree and non-IR students only.

European Studies 212: The Political Economy of European Integration

This module aims to familiarize students with the economic evolution of the European Union and the mechanisms that have been created, in order to regulate and sustain economic integration and development. The stages of EU economic integration and its impact on trade economies of scale, productivity and growth will be examined. Special features of economic integration will be analysed, such as the EU budget, Common Agricultural Policy and the European Monetary Union. EU economic integration will be viewed, however, through the prism of social and political issues, such as migration, unemployment, enlargement and regionalism. IR elective. Prereq: OU Level 5. Economics 101, Politics 201

European Studies 311: The Idea of Europe

This course examines the many different ways people have conceived of “Europe” – as a cultural identity, a geographic expanse, a political entity, and so on. The course considers both Greco-Roman antiquity and the European Middle Ages but focuses primarily on the early modern and modern periods, with special attention to pre-EU conceptions of European unity. The course ends with a retrospective appraisal of different contemporary theories of European integration. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: History 120

European Studies 321: Citizenship and Democracy in the European Union

This course examines the political systems of European Union Member States. The issues of democracy and citizenship in Europe are considered, and they are related with enlargement and the future of the EU as a political structure. The course reviews the EU institutional system, and the structures, institutions, and interests in European politics of a number of EU member states. It focuses on the process of democratization, and the way these members interact with other member states, and EU institutions. Finally, the notion of “EU citizenship” is analyzed, and is the debate on what kind of civil liberties, political and/or social rights it should include. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: Politics 101, European Studies 210 or 211

European Studies 322: External Relations of the European Union

The EU is a unique actor in international relations as it enjoys more decision-making powers than an international organization and less than a sovereign state. As such the precise nature of the European Union remains problematic for traditional explanations of global affairs. This module will expose students to basic theoretical and conceptual approaches, focusing on the EU’s foreign policies (i.e., in the fields of trade, security, diplomacy, US-EU relations), and examining such questions as the degree to which collective EU action can and will replace that of member-states when it comes to external relations. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: Politics 101, European Studies 210 or 211

European Studies 351: European Environmental Governance

The aim of this course focuses on the politics and economics of contemporary EU environmental policy in a comparative perspective. The European Union, over the last 30 years, has created a system of environmental governance in Europe. The course will explore this new system of environmental governance both at the European level and at level of the member state. Case studies will highlight the extent of convergence and divergence in environmental policy among Germany, Spain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Further, students will consider the potential roles and responsibilities of civil society, sovereign states, and intergovernmental organizations in the ongoing quest to shape responses to the potential of the environmental crisis. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Politics 101, European Studies 210 or 211

Public Service

Public Service 299: Internship Project

This is an applied, “hands-on” course, aiming to help students understand managerial and policy practices of NGOs. Students will be posted in local organizations as interns, where they will work for a few hours per week. Apart from their job requirement in the NGO, students will undertake managerial analysis of projects as coordinated by the instructor (e.g., analyze the strategy of the NGO, perform policy and public value analysis, etc). The work in the NGOs will be supplemented by seminar-type classes where public and not-for-profit issues will be addressed. By the completion of the course students will not only have acquired some professional experience, but they will also be in a position to perform primary analysis of the environment in which they work. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: junior or senior standing; permission of instructor.

Social Sciences

Social Science

Social Science 210: Introduction to Global Studies and Human Geographies (formerly History 210)

This course sets out to explore a number of subjects relating to the study of geography and politics. Students will be exposed to topics such as world/regional geography, cartography, geopolitics, politics and the environment, colonial/postcolonial geographies, and development, while the multidimensional and trans-disciplinary nature of geographical and political studies will be emphasized throughout. The course will also investigate such topics as world systems theory, cultural change, and globalizations. Required for all IR majors.

Social Science 215: Studies in Media and Contemporary Society (formerly Politics 215)

This module aims to analyze and explore media representations, media regulation, elite-mass communication, media production in a global age, communication and media power. A comparative approach will be employed for analysis of different regional and national communications systems. A final segment of the module will examine the concept of mass society, media power and globalization. Examples and case studies will be taken from American and European sources. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: Politics 101, Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Social Science 219: Individual and Society

This course introduces students to the theoretical and practical problems of social interaction in modern society. Contemporary social thinkers and studies will be used in order to explore and explicate the reciprocal relationship between society and the individual. Topics of contemporary interest, among them those of gender, social identity, deviance, and the mass media, are critically analyzed and interpreted. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Social Science 228: Society and Culture: Theory, Texts, and Practices

The aims of this course are threefold: first, to introduce students to the ideas and theories of key twentieth century social and cultural theorists; second, to invite students to reflect upon and critique those theoretical perspectives under scrutiny; and finally, to engage students in determining the meaning and relevance of particular socio-cultural analyses in both the context which they were written, and in the early twenty-first century. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Social Science 234: Gender, Cultures and Societies

This course will address gender issues from the standpoint of the social sciences. Its aim is to direct students towards a deeper understanding of gender as a social construction and not as a mere biological fact. By providing cross-cultural data on gender roles and by analyzing strongly held stereotypes about them in contemporary societies, the course will focus on the cultural patterning of behavior and perception that may or may not support gender stratification and hierarchy. Emphasis will be given to the interconnected levels of environment, economy, social complexity, and symbolic systems that affect the differential distribution of power, prestige, and authority between men and women in different societies. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Social Science 349: Contemporary Globalization (formerly Politics 349)

This course aims to give the students a complex understanding of the processes of globalization. We will first look at how different theoretical perspectives make sense of globalization, i.e., what it is, whether it is a novel set of phenomena or not, and what its impact is on our world. With the background of this theoretical diversity, we will then go into studying in depth the institutions and impact of globalization. We will explore how globalization shapes and alters the economic, political and social structures of societies, and what specific roles the global institutions play in this transformation. We will also look at the gender dimension of this claim. Finally we will discuss those political movements which criticize and provide alternatives to globalization. Required for all IR majors. OU Level 6. Prereq: History 120, Politics 201

Social Science 399: Service Learning Practicum

The course comprises a combination of theoretical sessions (in-class component) and real-life case study projects. Having a service- learning character, this course enables students to experience in practice and better understand community engagement through placements and implementation of projects in local community NGOs, agencies and organizations. Some identified organizations for students’ placements are organizations that provide services related to health and care, education, environment conservation and citizenship & social activism. The key principle underlying these activities is the coconstruction of knowledge through student collaboration. Such a participatory approach facilitates the process of pairing up students across ages, backgrounds and interests and enables a shared, co-experienced understanding of place and community participation among the young people involved. May be taken by IR students as a free elective. Required for English and Communication majors.


Anthropology 101: Introduction to Anthropology

This course provides an overview of major themes and concepts of Anthropology considered both in relation to the biological disciplines (Paleontology, Ethnology, Sociobiology) and as the comparative study of human cultures (Social Anthropology/Ethnology). The course establishes the continuity of human culture from an evolutionary perspective and acquaints students with contemporary interdisciplinary debates on major issues. May be taken as Social Sciences/Group C GER Anthropology 210: Introduction to Contemporary Greek Culture and Society This course is designed as a navigation guide to contemporary Greek society and culture. Students are introduced to key features of public and private everyday life (history, politics, economy, education, religion, family, gender relations, sexuality, food, tourism, entertainment, music and dance, etc.). Texts drawn from a variety of sources will be used along with multimedia materials. Mini fieldwork projects will further enhance students’ understanding and participation.

Anthropology 211: Theory and Techniques of Archaeology

This course offers a survey of the archaeological discipline with a focus on two themes, the material remains of past cultures and the techniques employed when studying archaeological remains. The course aims to broaden and deepen the students’ understanding of past cultures and societies, thus providing enhanced insight into modern ones. Emphasis is placed on the reconstruction of social structure, environment, technology, communication, and cognitive systems of past societies as well as on the analysis of archaeological explanation.

Anthropology 221: Ethnographic Accounts of Greek Culture

This course examines different aspects of Greek culture and society through the anthropological lens. Ethnographic articles on everyday life expressions in different communities provide the material for the exploration of the inner differences, the complexities, the continuities and the changes that constitute part of contemporary Greek culture and society. Some of the topics discussed in this course include the social and economic life of people in different regions of Greece and in different periods of time, gender relations, presentations of the Greek cultural self, processes of identity formation, the role of the church as well as of the contemporary nation-state. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Anthropology 222: Greek Folklore

This course provides an overview of the creation, evolution and theory of folklore studies in Greece (19th and 20th centuries). It will introduce students to the major folklore categories (oral literature, customs, artifacts of material culture) and their collections (archives and museums). Emphasis will be placed on the study of folksongs and folktales. The course will also address the phenomenon of folklorismus, the revival of traditional customs, and its uses in modern Greek society. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101

Anthropology 349: Intercultural Communication in Theory and Practice (formerly Anthropology 249)

This course visits the issue of development from the perspective of applied anthropology, blending material from culture, history, economics, and politics. The course features a distinct cross-cultural dimension, and provides students a strong basis for future studies in applied social sciences. IR elective. OU Level 6. Prereq: Anthropology 101 or Sociology 101, History 120, Politics 101


Sociology 101: Contemporary Society

This course will explore the discipline of sociology, with a particular focus on the key concepts and issues relating to the study of contemporary society and culture. The course seeks to establish a methodological balance between theoretical grounding and an applied framework as it examines the following thematic issues: social and cultural theoretical perspectives, globalization, power, ethnicity, gender, the mass media, and the dynamics of culture in the contemporary world. May be taken as Social Sciences/Group C GER

Sociology 201: Contemporary Social Issues

This course initiates students into the conceptual framework and problems associated with “mass culture,” through an analysis of that phenomenon. The course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of such contemporary social issues as feminism, race and ethnic relations (including internal colonialism), terrorism, and the more specialized cases of institutionalized and clandestine violence. The course maintains a comparative perspective and, thus, the above issues will be considered both in their first and third world contexts.


Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology

This course aims at providing a comprehensive introduction to the essential principles of the academic discipline of psychology by addressing such important topics as the function of the human brain, perception, language, development, learning, motivation, emotion, intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social behavior. The student is introduced to major theories of human behavior and is encouraged to assess critically the contribution and applicability of psychological research to daily life through class discussions, presentations and written assignments. May be taken as Social Sciences/Group C GER

Psychology 201: Lifespan Development

This is an introductory class on human development, from birth to death, emphasizing the life-span perspective of development. The lifespan perspective addresses physical, cognitive/linguistic, psychological, and socio-emotional features as interrelated and dynamic factors affecting development. Designed for majors and non-majors, the main purpose of the course is to present the general underlying structures and mechanisms of development, with an emphasis on aspects of adult development and their application to adults’ adjustment and functioning in various settings. The course will also explore the relationship between personality and development, presenting current theoretical approaches and empirical findings. Prereq: Psychology 101

Psychology 202: Personality Theories

This course studies the four D’s of personality (description, dynamics, determinants, and development). The mask (persona) behind which a person hides is dropped and revelations according to ten theories follow. These aspire to give students a better understanding of human nature, behavior, and experience. Prereq: Psychology 101

Psychology 204: Social Psychology

This course aims to help students understand interaction – how we are influenced to think, act, and feel in order to gain greater awareness of how the social animal man is driven. Topics include group processes and influences, persuasion and its techniques, how we conform, and tactics of conformity. Concepts presented will be exemplified through evidence from everyday life. Communication and non-verbal communication, their significance, and techniques employed for both are considered. Students are given the opportunity to understand concepts presented through experimentation and are also required to undertake questionnaire surveys. Research conducted in both the United States and Europe is presented.

Psychology 212: Psychology Applied to Modern Life

This course provides a comprehensive overview of various sub-disciplines within psychology (i.e. social, organizational, health, clinical) that seek to apply principles, discoveries and theories of psychology in related areas such as the family, education and the workplace. The purpose of this course is to help students think critically about key psychological issues, move toward greater self-awareness and gain understanding of the relevance and worth of psychology in everyday life. Among the topics studied are: the self; social thinking and social influence; interpersonal communication; friendship and love; marriage and intimate relationships; careers and work; coping processes; stress; psychological disorders; and basic aspects of psychotherapy. Research contacted in both the US and Europe is presented throughout the course. Prereq: Psychology 101

Psychology 327: Introduction to Counseling Psychology

This course aims to introduce students to the theory and practice of Counseling. It will provide the students with a systematic and comprehensive presentation of the major concepts and practices of the main theoretical approaches influencing contemporary human service providers. The interrelation between theory and practice in the field is emphasized and explored. Students will become acquainted with basic counseling skills involving in-class practice. Finally, the different areas where counseling is applied, such as marital, educational, health-related, vocational, cross-cultural, etc., are discussed together with ethical considerations. Prereq: Psychology 101

English & Communication


English Lab : Language skills

Lab 1 is designed to help students increase their English language skills in an academic context so as to be better equipped to handle college assignments and to build confidence in using English in both written and oral communication. The lab offers a comprehensive review of all English grammar and sentence structure, and focuses on reading, writing and speaking in a thought-provoking environment through the study of topics of universal appeal. (non-credit course).

English 101: Composition I

This course reviews the basic principles of paragraph writing and introduces the major rhetorical modes of narration, description and exposition through discussion of theory, examination of model essays, and writing practice. In addition, students are introduced to information literacy by spending seven two-hour sessions in the library, developing effective search strategies, understanding the differences between types of resources, and using critical skills with which to evaluate resources. GER requirement.

English 102: Composition II

This course builds upon the expository writing skills presented in Eng 101. First, it introduces students to the mode of argumentation by analyzing various types of arguments and presenting the essential tactics used in definition, cause, evaluation, refutation and proposal. At the same time, it introduces students to research paper writing by guiding them stepby-step in the process of forming an argumentative thesis, incorporating sources together with their own thinking into papers, and documenting sources. GER requirement. Prereq: English 101

English 120: Introduction to Literature

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the literary genres of poetry, prose fiction and drama, and to familiarize them with a variety of literary techniques specific for the analysis of each genre. Students read a selection of classic and contemporary works within these genres and engage in analysis of narrative, study key poetic techniques that make meanings happen and discuss performance possibilities as part of an attempt to become better readers and a more critical audience. The course will also cultivate students’ creative skills, thus enhancing their overall writing abilities and helping them become more conscious writers. Students also gain an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of literature as art and come to value its role in education and everyday life. May be taken as Humanities/Group A GER. Required for English majors (OU, Level 3)

English 203: Issues in the Disciplines

This course will focus on selection of readings in different disciplines (academic essays, professional articles, technical reports, business cases) and on practicing advanced reading comprehension skills. It will emphasize vocabulary enhancement, critical thinking, and synthesizing of ideas. Students will practice advanced writing skills (writing essays & academic papers with relevant scholarly apparatus, short argumentative reports, critical reviews, professional summary writing, informative reports, comprehension exercises) and oral presentations. GER requirement. Prereq: English 102

English 220: Introduction to Twentieth Century Poetry and Drama

This course introduces students to twentieth century poetry and drama through the consideration of selected texts from both genres that represent major thematic and stylistic concerns of the period. Students will be able to reflect upon the diverse directions taken by poets and dramatists throughout the century and some of the factors which have influenced literary developments, while critically analysing the components of both genres and their effects. The first part of the course will concentrate upon poetry and examine poetic techniques, structure, language and style and their relationship to meaning; where appropriate tracing similarities and differences in the works studied. In the second part of the course, selected plays will be studied, focusing upon dramatic conventions, structure, language and style, with careful attention being given to the performative aspect of the texts and influences that have helped shape twentieth century theatre practice. (OU Level 4)

English 221: Short Fiction

This course focuses on in-depth critical reading of and writing about short fiction (short stories and/or novellas) within the context of the traditions and innovations which have concerned these genres, and with respect to the standard elements of short fiction. Through the in-depth study of seminal short novel practitioners such as Herman Melville, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Edith Wharton, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Philip Roth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alice Munro, students learn to recognize both the stylistic features distinct to each writer as well as the common thematic and technical threads that group them together. Whenever possible, readings will be supplemented with their film adaptation. (OU Level 4)

English 230: English Literatures

As a study of essentially British literature, the course will analyze contextually the works of seminal writers from the age of Chaucer and on. This course aims to help students explore the interface of literature and society, and to provide them with appropriate tools for more advanced contextualized literary study. Students will learn to contextualize individual texts, recognize literary trends and cultural modes, evaluate literary and social movements, and be able to follow and discuss the evolution of English literatures since the age of Chaucer. To help expose students to literary breadth and textual richness, excerpts of longer texts will be selected. Prereq: English 120 (OU Level 5)

English 250: Advanced Writing & Professional Communication

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction and practice in the skills and strategies necessary to produce effective written and oral communication in any professional context. The course addresses topics such as persuasive writing techniques, formal professional communication (including executive summaries, legal documentation, letters and reports) as well as intercultural communication, professional writing in the ‘e-world’ and advanced public communication writing & speaking skills. The course is designed to foster skills development in the areas of critical thinking, presentation techniques, application of accepted professional frameworks to new ideas and use of innovative writing, with the aim of preparing students for realistic professional situations. Required for IR and English majors. Prereq: English 203 (OU Level 4)

English 259: Topics in Contemporary World Literature

The course will consider contemporary literary texts from around the world (written or translated into English) which respond to cultural, political and social issues of today. In addition to approaching contemporary literature as an index of distinct cultures but possibly also cultural interaction, it will examine the literary features of each book to define its contemporariness, both thematically but also stylistically. When applicable, the course will also explore the role of literary prizes and other marketing factors in helping a book travel beyond its place of origin and become a “contemporary classic”. As a critical reading and writing course, it will offer students the opportunity to compare cultures while familiarizing themselves with some of the world’s interesting and challenging literary texts. Exposing students to cultural and literary traditions around the world will help them realize what sets us apart and what brings us together as humans. Prereq: English 120 (OU Level 6)

English 268: Women and Literature

This course examines the evolution of women’s literature from the 19th to the 20th century in an attempt to assess the implications of gender in the production and consumption of literature through a study of selected texts by Anglophone women writers. Coventry Patmore’s “The Angel in the House” (the only text studied written by a man) serves as the background against which we will study a variety of texts written by women writers that respond to and deconstruct this female portrait, gradually “killing the Angel” and working to create new fictional portraits and a new discourse for women and women’s literature. The concurrent exploration of sociopolitical and economic issues makes the course a contextualized study of sexual politics, and therefore of interest to students outside the English major as well. Prereq: English 120 (OU Level 5)

English 273: Introduction to Linguistics

The course Introduction to Linguistics gives a selective overview of linguistic studies from various branches, such as anthropological linguistics, cognitive linguistics, functional linguistics, formal linguistics, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition. The focus is on language as a dynamic set of symbolic resources with many levels of expression: an acquired system of communication among the human species, an interactive system for expressing and creating both individual and socially constructed meanings, and an orthographic system for developing literacy. During the semester, the global, social, and personal meanings of language will be considered. (OU Level 4)

English 274: Applied Linguistics

The goal of the course is to survey what is currently available to ESL / EFL teachers, to choose and adapt some elements that we think would work in our own teaching realities, and to understand how and why these elements work. A range of methods, techniques, and materials for teaching English are explored. Emphasis will be put on current teaching practice; this includes a variety of communicative language teaching techniques, integrated and discrete approaches to language skills, task-based and project-based learning, and student centered techniques. The course also explores recent work on multiple intelligences, learning styles, and learner motivation, focusing on how these ideas can be used in a variety of teaching situations. Prereq: English 273 (OU Level 5)

English 275: Sociolinguistics

The course explores the general framework for understanding how human communities use language to say or fail to say what is meant and investigate the particular linguistic styles conventionally used by social subgroups. During this exploration, students are challenged to do the following: 1) Situate sociolinguistics in its discipline; 2) Acquire fluency in using terms & concepts to examine social uses of language; 3) Become familiar with relevant research; 4) Expand research experience and hone research skills; 5) Develop awareness of linguistic styles, our own and those of others around us; 6) Apply this learning to analyzing social situations, complications & misunderstandings; 7) Enhance preparation for entering the world of work, regardless of the profession. (OU Level 4)

English 288: Greek Literature in Translation

This course reviews major examples of classic and contemporary Greek literature in English translation. Genres examined include epic poetry, drama, modern poetry, short fiction, and the novel. Special attention will be paid to the rich diversity of the Hellenic legacy in contemporary Greek but also world literature. Knowledge of Greek is helpful but not required.

English 299: Topics in Teaching Methodology

Offered on a rotating basis, this course will include area topics such as English Teaching Methodology, Approaches to TESOL, Materials Development in Teaching, etc. Its aim is to provide basic background knowledge in teacher-training issues, ranging from comprehensive reviews of the foundations of foreign language teaching, practical pedagogical matters such as syllabus design, classroom management, teaching the four skills, the age factor, testing and evaluation, and others, as well as topics in the design of materials and techniques to be used as instructional tools in classrooms.

English 300: Image/Text/Culture

This interdisciplinary course examines the images and texts of film, television, art, photography, and advertising (with a strong emphasis on film), and how they come to characterize and shape our everyday lives. Using case studies, students learn how to recognize, read, and analyze culture within a particular social, cultural, or political context, touching upon such important issues as race, gender, class, ideology, and censorship. (OU Level 6)

English 325: Second Language Acquisition

The course explores the theory of second language acquisition (SLA) in general and its implications for teaching and learning in particular. It reviews general linguistic theory, explores aspects of morphology, phonology, semantics and syntax, theories of 1st and 2nd language acquisition, L1 interference in L2 acquisition and language universals. Further topics include error analysis, language variations and disorders, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and application of theory to 2nd language teaching methodology. Prereq: English 273 (OU Level 5)

English 335: English Language Teaching I

The course offers students a solid grounding in current approaches to teaching English as a foreign language, with an emphasis on practical applications in classroom settings. Students are taught to develop lesson plans, manage a classroom, design teaching materials for particular age groups, and teach grammar, listening/speaking, reading/writing and vocabulary. They also given the opportunity to observe teachers at various classrooms of Anatolia (both Elementary and High School) and do practicum themselves. (OU Level 5)

English 340: Comparative Literature

The course aims to engage students in a comparative study of literary representations of sexuality from antiquity to present times. Terms such as ‘sex’ and ‘sexuality’ are often used interchangeably, without considering their many different connotative meanings at different historical periods, or in different cultural contexts. The course is divided into three parts: a) philosophy and sexuality, b) class, gender, sin, and sexuality, and c) Freud, psychoanalysis and sexuality, which will bring us back to philosophy. Works in translation will help us reveal the nuanced role of language itself in terms of constructing sexuality. Prereq: English 120 (OU Level 6)

English 345: English Language Teaching II

A continuation of ELT I, the course aims to enhance students’ teaching effectiveness. It provides practical experience and new ideas for creative second language training. Through this course, students acquire a deeper understanding of both the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language. Building on prior knowledge, this more advanced course addresses more specialized areas of the field such as educational technology, teaching through literature, the age factor in teaching, testing and evaluation and other field-related modules. In addition, the course includes a guided classroom teaching practicum complementing instruction with substantive hands-on experience in real classroom settings. Prereq: English 335 (OU Level 6)

English 350: Advanced Writing: Writing for Social Change

The aim of ‘Writing for Social Change’ is to allow students to explore the genres and forms of writing that have influenced social change, and to practice writing for social change in today’s complex, multi-faceted world. Practical themes include; writing for advocacy; how to write to influence opinion and provoke action (use of language and understanding of rhetoric,) print and broadcast op-ed reporting, the language of politics, protest and persuasion and the use of citizen journalism (including petitions, grass-roots manifestoes, letter writing campaigns, open letters to newspapers etc). Students will be expected to write creatively and persuasively about social change and think about issues such as: what role should writers play in the framing and mediation of issues, social norms and negotiating the relationship between the personal and the political? (OU Level 5)

English 360- Literary Theory

The course addresses the central concerns in contemporary literary and cultural theory and provides students in literature and other related disciplines of the humanities or social sciences with the theoretical background to better comprehend material elaborated in other courses. As such, it is an important endorsement to the overall English BA program that offers students a comprehensive account of the field and an understanding of some of the key problems and questions that animate theoretical discussion today. Through the development of a coherent overview of the various theories that emerged in the field, the course also considers questions about the production of cultural value, ideology and hegemony, the patriarchal and colonial bases of Western culture, and the status of the cultural object, the critic, and of theory itself.(OU Level 6)

English 370: Literature and Film

This course will explore, in an interdisciplinary manner, some of the most important post-war literary and cinematic representations of conspiracy and paranoia on two main topics: the Cold War and the assassination of president, John F. Kennedy. Both events have been much documented and represented by seminal writers and filmmakers through a variety of aesthetic styles. Some of the questions that will inform the content of the course and guide our discussions include the following: what are the basic elements of conspiratorial narratives? Why do conspiracy and paranoia go hand in hand? How is history revisited in the arts? In what ways could cinema be seen as a more effective medium/vehicle for conspiratorial narratives? Is there a social function or utility in these texts? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this genre? And, most importantly, why are they so extremely popular? (OU Level 6)

English 375: Instructional Technology in ELT (English Language Teaching)

This course focuses on the educational uses of information and communication technologies (ICT) and their role in educational environments. The course will balance fact, theory and application by exploring the literature on the uses of educational technology in language learning and the theories that underlie them, familiarizing students with a wide range of generic software applications (i.e., word processors, presentation tools, the WWW, e-mail, authoring packages, text manipulation software), synchronous and asynchronous computer mediated communication (CMC) tools, and a host of web 2.0 tools including wikis, blogs, podcasts, and social networking sites, and helping students develop strategies and criteria for using such applications effectively in the language classroom. (OU Level 6)

English 380: The Business of Literature

The course will introduce students to the 20th century mechanics of literary production and to the forces making a book available, promoting it to a best seller, or silencing it. More specifically, it will study the changing market conditions for literature, both in a historical perspective and on the basis of selected case-studies. Students will discuss literature within a social and business frame and approach literary production in particular as a revealing cultural phenomenon and a symptom of a given socioeconomic reality. In doing so, students will sharpen their intellectual and critical skills and become alert to the interdependence of two fields which are traditionally considered separately. Prereq: English 120 (OU Level 6)

English 390- Senior Thesis I

This is the first part of a course in which the students are required to write an 8,000-word thesis. It forms a fundamental component of the BA Hons English curriculum, serving both its pathways, which offers students the opportunity to cultivate the abilities and skills necessary for the realization of a medium-scale research project, from the formulation of the initial research question to its final submission. Combining what is often encountered as either final year Dissertation or Advanced Research & Writing Skills, the course offers an integrative, hands-on and project-focused approach deemed particularly useful both to a wide variety of professional settings and to the advancement to graduate studies.(OU Level 6)

English 395- Senior Thesis II

This is the second part of a course in which the students are required to write a 8,000-word thesis, or a 6,000 word thesis if accompanied by a strong multimedia component. It forms a fundamental component of the BA Hons in English curriculum, serving both its pathways, which offers students the opportunity to cultivate the abilities and skills necessary for the realization of a medium-scale research project, from the formulation of the initial research question to its final submission. The course offers an integrative, project-focused approach deemed particularly useful both to a wide variety of professional settings and to the advancement to graduate studies. (OU Level 6)


Comm 127 – Communication, Culture & Society

Covering a range of different forms and contexts of communication (interpersonal, group, public, mediated, verbal and nonverbal communication) and using cases and scenarios drawn from everyday life, the course explores the ways communication and culture interrelate and interact, with particular focus on the workings and failures, potentialities and constraints of human communication. (OU Level 4)

Comm 217 – Media in Transition

The course offers an overview of the historical development of media as industrial and cultural institutions, as well as the ethical and legal framework of their operation. Covering both print (newspapers, magazines, books) and audio/visual media (photography, cinema, sound-recording, radio, television, internet, mobile media) the course explores how changes in communication technology interrelate with the changing roles and fortunes of media industries and media audiences/users, and pays special attention to the digital revolution and to its transformative consequences over the whole of the media/cultural industry landscape. (OU Level 5)

Comm 227 – Media Theory

The course covers the major theoretical perspectives that have shaped the field of media studies. Through the examination of their distinctive insights, concepts and problematics, the course emphasis is on the comprehension and evaluation of the contribution these perspectives had to the understanding of media and media-saturated modern society. The theories are presented and discussed in their historical and ideological context, aiming at developing a critical understanding of their viewpoint and import. (OU Level 5)

Comm 233- Introduction to Journalism

The course provides students with an overview of the fundamental concepts of journalism. It will bring them closer to the profession of journalism by engaging them with work across all media platforms – print, broadcast and online – and helping them to acquire basic journalistic skills. Students will explore the profession of journalism both at a theoretical but also at a highly practical level and will discover new ways to tell a story. Techniques, methods and models guiding the contemporary practice of journalism will be given particular emphasis.(OU Level 5)

Comm 317- Communicating Through New Media

The course offers a broad but in-depth introduction to theories of the new media as well as the impact and influence of the new media on various aspects of socio-cultural life, including journalism, art, identities, politics, social issues, and so on. Overall, it adopts an applied approach by examining the various socio-cultural aspects of the new media in concrete settings and thus aims to provide students with an understanding of the crucial changes that most socio-cultural sectors have undergone due to the evolvement of new media. (OU Level 6)

Comm 327- Communication Research Skills

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the challenges of conducting research in social sciences and the humanities. It is designed to provide students with research skills which are in high demand in a variety of contemporary professional settings, and necessary for their academic advancement to a graduate degree. Students will learn to collect, organize, analyze and evaluate data, as well as to consider the ethical implications of doing research. This course will discuss various research methods and in each of the methods studied, the aim is to focus on its practical applications and uses, examine in-depth notable cases of published research, and appraise their social utility.(OU Level 5)

Comm 333- Communication Design

The course will introduce students to Communication Design: the creative process for conveying any media intermission such as a message, an idea, a product or a service to its target group, through comprehensive lectures and presentations, creative workshops and projects conducted by the multi-awarded communication design agency Beetroot. More specifically, the course aims to acquaint students with all the necessary information they need in order to evaluate co mmunication design processes, articulate communication design briefs, understand the pros and cons of each communication application including physical and digital, surface and three-dimensional, text and audiovisual applications, and acquire the foundations for crafting a successful communication design campaign. (OU Level 6)



Greek 101: Beginning Modern Greek I

The aim of this course is to develop students’ familiarity with oral and written Greek through dialogues dealing with everyday situations and written material drawn from the popular media. Emphasis is on oral communication. Grammar is learned through dialogues illustrating everyday communication, while students gain practice by role-playing and acting out numerous everyday situations. The vocabulary used meets basic social needs for an environment where Greek is spoken. [Meets four hours weekly]

Greek 104: Beginning Modern Greek II

This course is designed to develop further students’ fluency in Greek. Emphasis is given to oral practice, which includes active use of the spoken language, without neglecting the written language. Grammar is presented through dialogues from everyday situations and written material from newspapers and magazines. Students engage in discussions on common social topics. [Meets four hours weekly] Prereq: Greek 101 or permission of instructor

Greek 201: Intermediate Modern Greek I

In this course emphasis will be given to oral practice, provided through both classroom discussion and presentations. More advanced grammar is taught using textbook dialogues and written materials from a variety of sources, including newspapers, magazines, books, and contemporary song lyrics. [Meets four hours weekly] Prereq: Greek 104 or permission of instructor

Greek 202: Intermediate Modern Greek II

Upon completion of this course students should be able to engage in extended conversations with native speakers on topics such as family, work, recreational activities, the environment. They should be able to follow a TV documentary or watch the news, and read newspapers, magazine articles and selected literature. Writing skills will allow for extensive prose, suchas narrative and argumentative essays. Students will also be required to work on group projects. Advanced grammar (passive voice, pronouns, imperatives, use of subjunctive) will be taught through textbook material (dialogues) and written material from newspapers, magazines, books and lyrics. Prereq: Greek 201 or equivalent (Note: Advanced Greek Language courses are available on demand)


Humanities 120: Understanding Greek life and culture

The course provides an understanding of contemporary Greek life and what it means to be Greek. It does so by examining the practices and creations of Greek culture, as well as byidentifying and understanding the main figuresof Greek life and the political scene through time. In addition, it develops students’ intercultural and communicative competency so that they can interact both locally in Greece and in the global community. Indicative content areas: Modern Greek language (acquisition of effective Modern Greek communication skills for daily use), Greek culture (language, art, cinema, music and customs), the Modern Greek state structure (background, historical development, public administration, and political parties), figures and institutions, Greece as pluralistic society(the Orthodox church, family, community and values, migration, minorities), national identity (nation-building, ethnicity, and Greeks within Europe, the Balkans and the world)

Humanities 203: Landmarks in the Western Tradition

This advanced survey course examines canonical of the Western Tradition starting with the Bible and extending through the mid-twentieth century. Various themes are traced, such as the relationship between nature and ideal, the notion of truth and virtue, and high-low art and the hierarchy of the genres. Students read from prose and non-prose texts alike, and consider these also in the context of non-verbal expressions of the humanities (music, arts, architecture). Prereq: English 120

Humanities 204: Exploring Ancient Greek Language and Culture

This course introduces students to the history of the ancient Greek language, from its origin to the present, and to some aspects of ancient Greek culture. Students are developing awareness of and some knowledge in identifying the application of ancient Greek to modern languages as well as an understanding of the culture of the ancient Greek world through texts of Classical Greek authors in translation and other material. The course deals with ancient Greek alphabet and pronunciation, language contact and change, the connection between ancient Greek language and other languages (e.g. familiar English words, scientific and technical vocabulary derived from Classical Greek), and the relationship of language and culture. Knowledge of Greek is not required.

Humanities 205: Ancient Greek Genres

An introduction to the study of ancient Greek literature in translation, with particular attention to historical-cultural conditions obtaining between the late 8th and late 5th centuries which made possible the birth of four major genres in rapid succession of one another: epic, lyric, tragedy, and history. In addition to primary source readings (selections from the Iliad and the Odyssey, lyric poetry, the tragedies, and Herodotus), study of each genre will be accompanied by secondary readings on both the genres and individual selections.

Humanities 209: Topics in Mythology and Religion in the Classical World

The course provides a systematic in-depth study of the major mythological characters, deities and myths of (mostly) the Greeks and the Romans through the use of both primary and secondary source material, visual and literary. The approach will be thematic and we will explore the nature and scope of mythology as well as its relation to religion, history and art. Comparisons with associated mythologies of the ancient Mediterranean world will be in place in order to demonstrate the broader historical and cultural framework. The myths and religion will also be studied in terms of their endurance and relevance in the western world as well as in popular culture. Finally, they will function as a setting for the discussion of matters of spirituality in the contemporary world.

Humanities 210: Religions of the World

This course will expose students to a comparative study of five of the world’s main religious traditions, exploring those traditions through their literatures, while focusing also on origins, cultural contexts, histories, beliefs, and practices. Through reading, discussion, and visual appreciation of artistic renditions of religious world-views, students will gain valuable understanding of traditions other than their own, contributing to their broadened and deepened awareness of the world.

Humanities 221: History on Film/Film on History

Representations of classical myths and ancient history, of the First, Second and Cold Wars have shaped our understanding of our historical past. Often film has inspired people to learn more about this past. This course aims to examine how film has affected our perception of major world historical moments. We will spotlight key figures, events, literary sources, and cultural issues which have been subject of major films. Then we will analyse the historical and literary evidence underlying these films and appreciate the differences between the scholarly constructions of the world and the cinematographic representations. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120

Humanities 230: The World of Alexander the Great

The principal objective of this three credit course is to provide a fundamental examination of the legacy of Hellenism, anchoring the achievements of Alexander the Great in the larger history of Greek antiquity. The course will consist of segments on mythology and legends; history and geography; ancient literature; philosophy, and politics; art and architecture. The course will feature visits to archaeological sites relating to the history of ancient Macedonia and aspects of Alexander’s military campaigns.

Humanities 246: Introduction to American Cultural Studies (formerly History 241)

This course investigates selected key aspects of America’s historical and cultural development from the colonial period of the 17th century to the early 21st century. A wide array of texts, mediums, and genres will be examined to provide the basis for a critical evaluation of the American experience and debates on what constitutes an American identity. Some of the topics addressed include the evolution of colonial society, aspects of political culture, intellectual and literary trends, slavery and the Civil War, the Native Americans, the civil rights movement, America’s role in the world, and acknowledging the myriad of “American voices” of which American cultural expression is comprised. IR elective. OU Level 5. Prereq: History 120


Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy and Critical Reasoning

The primary aim of this course is to train students in the skills required for critical analysis of discourse. Its secondary aim is to apply these critical analytic skills to the activity of philosophizing. Accordingly, the course is divided into two parts. In the first, the main concern is with the validity of inferences. Students learn sentential and predicate calculus so that they are in a position to check the validity of any argument proposed. In the second part, the main concern is inquiry and to this purpose the students first apply logical theory to methodology (induction, hypothesis, abduction, explanation, reduction theory, definition, distinction, issue, problem), and then apply all these techniques to the discussion of two problems: the existence of God and the problem of mind and its relation to matter. GER requirement.

Philosophy 203: Ethics

This course is designed to help students develop their critical abilities through the analysis of ethical problems and to introduce them to contemporary ethical theory. Following an introduction to the structure of ethical problems, three classical approaches to the problem of justification are presented: moral obligation (Kant), the consequences of one’s actions (Utilitarianism), and personal virtue (Aristotle), respectively. The course also includes discussions of meta-ethical issues concerning the relation between fact and value and the problem of justifying and then generalizing one’s ethical judgments including the issue of moral relativism. GER requirement. Prereq: Philosophy 101

Philosophy 208: Philosophy of Language

Language is the basis of communication, thought, and learning; it pervades all aspects of our lives. In the course, we shall reflect on both the philosophical understanding of language and on the relevance of language for philosophy. The relation of language and thought is one issue, a second being the relation of language and the world (the issue of “meaning” discussed in connection with the later Wittgenstein in particular). Furthermore, we shall discuss what the analysis of language can do for philosophical problems outside the philosophy of language (knowledge, existence, what is “good” philosophy?). Prereq: Philosophy 101

Philosophy 220: History of Ancient Greek Philosophy

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the philosophical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives that emerged in ancient Greece, in the intellectual debate that Bruno Snell referred to as “The Discovery of the Mind.” The discussion of the origin and ultimate constitution of human life and the cosmos, the role of gods in human affairs, the kind of knowledge and education one needed to live well, as well as the possibility of gaining such knowledge serves as the background to the emergence of these new perspectives on life. The course presents various responses to these questionsas they were debated in the ancient Greek world by the pre-Socratics, Socrates and Plato, and Aristotle and his successors. Prereq: Philosophy 101

Philosophy 235: Artificial Intelligence

This introduction to the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have as its central subject the question “Can machines think?” The course considers the history of “thinking machines” and the current state of the art. Typical cognitive tasks performed by machines involve visual perception and recognition, understanding language and translation, diagnosing a patient, and playing games such as chess. The course asks at what point we may say that machines are intelligent (Turing Test); what is computation, what is computable, and what is decidable (Church-Turing Thesis); whether thought is simply a kind of computation and the human mind a kind of computer (Classical symbol-manipulating AI vs. connectionism/neural networks); whether there are aspects of human intelligence that cannot be transformed into algorithms; and the relation between AI and the building of robots and other “autonomous agents.” Prereq: Computer Science 101 or 105, Philosophy 101

Philosophy 236: Philosophy of Computing

The course will deal with three main questions: What is computing? What could computing do? What should we do with computing? In the first section, it will investigate which processes in the world are computational, be they analog or digital. The question “What could computing do?” deals with the limits of what is computable, both in principle, and given that the time and space we have are not infinite (complexity). The third question concerns the ethical and social relevance of computers. Finally, the existence of computers has produced various kinds of ethical problems, dealing mostly with access to information, e.g., privacy and surveillance (“big brother is watching”), computer security, hacking and cracking. The course will be offered simultaneously with several other universities in Europe and the US. Prereq: Philosophy 101, Computer Science 101


Art 120: Art Appreciation: Principles of Design

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the general principles of design, that is, to the formal elements in any work of visual art (painting, sculpture, photography, film, contemporary installation art, etc.). The course will be thematic and topical, and will consider examples from all periods of Western and non-Western Art. Included in the formal course work will be visits to local museums and galleries to examine firsthand artworks illustrating the different principles studied. May be taken as Humanities/Group A GER

Art History 121 Greek Art and Architecture: Ancient to Modern

This course will provide a compact yet comprehensive chronological study of the arts of Greece from ancient to modern times. The examination of the arts will also allow for a better understanding of the complexities of political, social, and religious over time. Key periods covered include antiquity, the Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine Eras, the Ottoman Occupation, and the establishment of the Modern Greek State. NB This course is offered on an accelerated timetable for study abroad students. May be taken as Humanities/Group A GER

Art History 201: Modern Art and Architecture

This course offers a study of styles of the modern period, with special emphasis on the work of Manet, the Impressionists, and the Post-Impressionists who laid the groundwork for the art of the 20th century. There will be a close look at the social conditions and metaphysical concepts which led to the rebellion in the arts in the second half of the 19th century. The styles of Expressionism, Cubism, Abstract Art, Futurism, the Metaphysical School and Surrealism will then be analyzed. Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103

Art History 202: Late Modern Art

This course covers the period from 1940 to the present, examining painting, sculpture, architecture, and allied arts both in the USA and Europe. Emphasis is placed upon the various movements and the plethora of concepts that shaped the artistic fabric of the West since World War II. Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103

Art History 220: Ancient Greek Art and Architecture

This course surveys Ancient Greek art and architecture from the Early Iron Age through the Hellenistic period. Following an introduction to the nature of art, its various uses, and approaches to its interpretation, the course will provide a brief historical background for the major periods in Greek art. Each period will then be examined in detail, with particular attention to defining stylistic features, and to examining representative works in each of the genres (sculpture, painting, architecture, minor arts). Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103

Art History 221: Early Christian and Byzantine Art

This course offers a survey of Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture. It covers the period between the early 4th and 15th centuries, and considers monuments from eastern and western parts of the Byzantine empire. It comments on and compares Byzantine creations from Italy and Asia Minor, while concentrating on Byzantine Thessaloniki and other important Greek centers of Byzantine culture, such as Mount Athos and Mistra. Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103

Art History 224: Modern Greek Painting

This course presents a survey of Modern Greek painting starting with the second half of the nineteenth century, when Greek painting acquired the characteristics of a European form of artistic expression. It continues with an examination of Greek painting during the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed upon the artistic movements and various schools formed during these periods, and upon influences from European and American art and their implications for Greek painting. Visits to local galleries and museums will provide first-hand contact with works of art being studied. Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103

Art History 299: Museum Practicum

This one-credit supplement consists of visits to select museums and sites in and around Thessaloniki, in order to view important monuments and other artworks dating from archaic and classical Greece. This Practicum may be taken independently of Art History 220. Prereq: Art 120 or Art History 103


Music 120: Traditional and Contemporary Greek Music

This course will provide students with an introduction to the historically rich and varied traditions in Greek music. The principal focus will be on church music, folkloric song and dance, and contemporary variations of “lay” music. Discussion will also refer to the place of music in ancient Greek society. Knowledge of Greek is helpful but not required. May be taken as Humanities/Group A GER


Minor in English

Brief Description

For non-English majors only.

Minor Requirements

  • English 120: Introduction to Literature
  • either English 220: Introduction to Twentieth Century Poetry and Drama or English 221: Short Fiction
  • either English 230: English Literatures or Hum 246: Introduction to American Cultural Studies

3 electives from the following:

  • English 350: Advanced Writing: Writing for Social Change
  • English 259: Topics in Contemporary World Literature
  • English 268: Women and Literature
  • English 288: Greek Literature in Translation
  • English 300: Image/Text/Culture
  • English 340: Comparative Literature
  • English 360: Literary Theory
  • Any of the above required courses not taken


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 Communication and New Media

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


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


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 398: Undergraduate Internship in Business

This course allows students in their 3rd and 4th years to apply their academic knowledge in the business setting. The course includes an in class component to compliment the internship placement. The course goals are designed to enable students to make connections between what they learn in the classroom and on the job, to further develop analytical and interpersonal skills, and to practice business writing skills.

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.





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