Study Abroad

Classical Civilizations Study Abroad Opportunities

We believe that studying abroad is a critical component of an undergraduate educational experience. The Classics Department is committed to presenting study abroad opportunities, especially involving archaeological materials in Greece and Italy. With support from the Office of International Programs and Study Abroad, we offer a variety of options, lasting a week, a summer, or an entire semester. If you are interested in these or other opportunities, contact the Classics Study Abroad Coordinator, Dr. Rask.

Classics Spring Break Away

Spend your Spring Break in Athens, Greece!

Through Duquesne's unique Spring Break Away program, you have the opportunity to take a course on-campus during your spring semester that incorporates study at an international site during the week of Spring Break. This course is available during alternating Spring semesters.

Classroom lectures, discussions, and projects will be augmented by a week's visit to Athens and Attica. Students:

  • visit the major sites and museums in Athens;
  • study the material culture and topography of Athens in person, rather than through the visual media of Powerpoint presentations and textbooks;
  • develop an appreciation for the religious landscape of Attica by hiking through the region;
  • understand the urban map of shrines by walking through the preserved streets;
  • and visit the haunting grounds of the Platonic philosophers.

Through this experiential learning, you will better imagine the festivals and processions inthe city. Moreover, much of the extensive material culture housed within Greek museums can be seen nowhere else, especially those artifacts that have not been published.

Student-Faculty Research Over the Summer

In 2016, students spent 28 days in Greece working with ancient artifacts at the archaeological sites of the Athenian Agora and ancient Corinth. When not visiting the beautiful island of Santorini or eating local Greek food, they 3-D scanned artifacts and studied excavation notebooks for course credit. Stay tuned for more summer fieldwork opportunities in Greece!

Classics Semester Abroad

Spend an entire semester living and studying abroad!

As a student at Duquesne University, you have a variety of options when deciding to spend a semester abroad. There are currently about two dozen pre-approved semester-long study abroad opportunities available to our students, including Duquesne's Italian Campus program in Rome and Duquesne In Dublin at University College Dublin.

If you have always wanted to spend a semester in Greece, Duquesne partners with the College Year in Athens program, where you can:

  • live in an apartment in the Kolonaki area of Athens in the foothills of Lykavittos
  • study art, archaeology, history, classical languages, and/or modern Greek
  • experience orientation and extensive study travel
  • receive medical insurance and other on-site student services

For more information about semester-long study abroad opportunities, visit the Office of International Program's Study Abroad site.

Art History Study Abroad Opportunities

One of the most unique opportunities for those interested in an Art History is the Spring Break Away. During the Spring semester, students take an Art History course here at the main campus. Then, depending on the course, those students travel to Italy or France during Spring Break and spend the week fully immersed in the culture of the nation while still engaging in a scholarly way. Students have raved about the experience and many express their desire to return to those cities as soon as possible.

Our Spring Break Away courses offered are:


ARHY 264 - Following Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello & Raphael through Florence and Rome

Study the art of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance where they lived and worked. View landmarks of the Florentine Renaissance such as the Medici Palace, the iconic Florentine Cathedral, and view celebrated works in place, such as Michelangelo's colossal David. Rome offers masterpieces of the High Renaissance, including Michelangelo's dome for the new St. Peter's, his famed Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes and Raphael's cycle of paintings for the Papal Apartments in the Vatican. Throughout the two weeks, students expand their global horizon by meeting local residents as well as foreign visitors, deepening their worldview, in philosophy, religion, and politics, all within the ambiance of Italian culture.

ARHY 326W - The Grand Tour

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, artists, scholars, and socialites alike embarked in a practice called "the Grand Tour," as a crucial stage, and often the final, stage in their educations. Travelling through Continental Europe (and for American artists, also the voyage to the United Kingdom) allowed individuals to see significant sites and works of art, as well as to participate in vibrant communities of like-minded individuals. This course will consider the cultural, artistic, historical, literary, and museological phenomenon that was the "Grand Tour."


ARHY 331W - Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

An assessment of the major movements of the nineteenth century in Europe and America with special emphasis on the social political and economic aspects that determined Modernism in Europe from 1789 to 1890. The course also addresses the changing role of the avant-garde artist and the formation of the new patronage, the art market, museum institutions, and exhibitions.This course will participate in the Spring Break Away program. Students will spend Spring Break in Paris, France.


ARHY 379 - Origins of Renaissance Art

This course will focus on the art of Tuscany at the beginning of the stylistic period known as the Renaissance. Through an examination of the works of Trecento (1300's) and early Quattrocento (1400's) artists, students will learn about the new ideas, intentions and conventions that formed what we call the "Renaissance style." Particular attention will be paid to the three great innovators of the early Renaissance: Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio. The course will explore the ways in which artists in the early 1400's in Florence responded to the influences of both classical antiquity and the middle ages, to the role of patrons in forming and supporting the new style, and to the intellectual and cultural milieu that gave rise to the new illusionism, innovation and naturalism that identify the Renaissance. When offered as a part of the Spring Break Away program, an integral part of the course will be a one-week site visit to Florence.

For more information about Spring Break Away, including costs, timeline, etc., visit the International Program's website.