Minors in the General Education Curriculum

Undergraduate students of Hellenic American University have the option to pursue either a Minor in Theater & Performance or a Minor in Sustainability as part of their General Education studies.

Theater & Performance

Requirements (4 courses / 12 credits)
Introduces students to fundamental dramatic genres by exploring the works of key directors, practitioners and artistic movements. Starting from Stanislavski and Brecht, the class will explore Dada, the Surrealists and the Theatre of the Absurd. As well as exploring the philosophy of each artistic movement, students will discuss and analyze selected texts in order to achieve a thorough understanding of both the theory and the practice of theater. The text analyses will be accompanied by some practical group work in the class. There is no need for prior acting experience. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisite: GE105. Credits: 3
Having been introduced to major dramatic movements, in this course students focus on the practical realization of important acting theories and methods. The class approaches texts - representatives from each dramatic genre and works in detail towards their presentation on stage. Students also investigate character work and explore exercises in relation to movement and voice. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisites: GE105, GE144. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the origins of theater. The course looks at the first instances of theater practice in ancient Greece, starting from the dithy ramb, and how they developed into ancient Greek drama. It examines important works from the ancient Greek drama genre - both tragedy and comedy. In addition to discussing myth, the course also explores music, a very significant element of ancient Greek drama, and looks at works of opera and film that are based on Greek drama. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisite: GE105. Credits: 3
Presents the process of producing a play - from the first reading to its staging. Students explore the
roles of all the collaborators in a theatre production (director, actors, designer, composer etc.) and realize them in practice. Depending on the students' interests, the play to be approached will be either from the world repertory or a new work composed by the students. The course will be completed with a performance presented by the students. Interested students are invited to have a short discussion/interview with the instructor before enrolling in the course. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisites: GE105, GE144. Credits: 3
Electives (2 courses /6 credits)
Approaches the genre of musical theater in both analytical and creative terms. The course includes discussion of musical theater masterworks and analysis of their form and techniques. Students investigate the works’ sociological context, their content and the relationship between music, text and dance. The course will be completed with a performance/compilation of scenes from musicals studied in the term, arranged and presented by the students. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisite: GE105. Credits: 3
Familiarizes students with theories of aesthetics to better understand the arts. The course explores fundamental concepts such as beauty, appreciation and interpretation and analyzes them in the context of the dramatic arts. Students read works by theorists such as Kant, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer in order to approach drama at a deeper level and investigate its relation to the other arts. Prerequisites: None; Co-requisite: GE105. Credits: 3


Requirements (4 courses / 12 credits)
Studies and analyzes fundamental issues and problems of group life, social organization, culture, interactive processes and socialization, deviance, social inequality, social institutions, and the dynamics of modern society through sociological approaches. Class topics include the sociology of the family, religion, education, law, work, poverty and the relationship of society and the environment. Prerequisites: GE105; Co-requisite: GE106 Credits: 3 Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide a practical overview to the management of environmental issues as practiced in today’s business world, and how these issues are likely to develop in the future. Environmental Management and Sustainability provides the basic foundations to those pursuing careers in private business, environmental consulting or government. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE155. Credits: 3
Examines the support of regional economies through innovation in business development in order to advance social and ecological values in local communities. This course provides basic knowledge on several aspects of sustainable community development including examination of community needs, financial planning, and marketing and management issues, while emphasizing the consolidation of public and private interests. Students will engage in applied research in a real project. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE115, GE155. Credits: 3
This course will investigate the principles guiding environmental policy and decision - making for a sustainable society. Focus will lie on international law, as well as on the role of international and supranational institutions, such as the UN, the WTO, the World Bank etc. Global challenges will be identified and humanity’s current and potential response through treaties, conventions and agreements will be critically analyzed. The current system of global governance (or lack there of) will be investigated, with particular focus on the exchange between multinational corporations, governments and of civil society, and on the role of democratic structures in an era of rapid globalization. The history and political platform of green parties will also be discussed. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, GE155. Credits: 3
Electives (Select 2 courses / 6 credits – 12 ECTS)
Introduces students to the basic concepts, principles, management objectives, and contemporary issues, of business organizations. The course covers a wide range of topics including, conducting business nationally and internationally, the ethics and social responsibilities of business enterprises, product development, pricing of commodities, and the legal environment of business organizations. Prerequisite(s): GE105. Co-requisite(s): GE106. Credits: 3
Introduces special topics and themes related to issues of ‘Values, Ethics & Social Responsibility’. This interdisciplinary course focuses one of several different disciplines each term, with professors from across the disciplines presenting the material from the perspective of their subject areas. The course involves discussion and critical analysis of various case studies and issues, which will be explored by students from the perspective of their own communities and cultures. The course also explores how differences in world view affect the wider communities. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106. Co-requisites: GE115. Credits: 3
Examines communities that aim to transition towards sustainability. Students will be exposed to the real-life challenges that these communities face in this process and will take part in relevant projects where they will have the opportunity to develop their own proposals under the supervision of project leaders. The course is geared towards students interested in hands-on experience in making change happen under real conditions. Pre-requisites: GE105, GE106, GE155, GE158. Credits 3
Introduces students to the scientific study of the way people think about, feel, and behave in social situations. It involves understanding of how people influence and are influenced by others around them. The topics covered will examine how individuals perceive themselves and others, how individuals interact with others, and how individuals think in social settings. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the perspectives, research methods, and empirical findings of social psychology. An equally important goal will be to develop critical and integrative ways of thinking about theory and research in social psychology. Prerequisites: GE105, GE106, PSY150. Credits: 3

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