The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Welcome Jenifer Neils
  • From the Field Jenifer Neils, the Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts in the Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University, is the new Director of the American School, beginning July 2017. An internationally renowned scholar in classics and art history, her work on the Parthenon has earned her the reputation as one of the world’s most established authorities on the monument. Prof. Neils shares here her perspectives on the School, Hellenic studies, and Greece as she prepares for the post.
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Mellon Professor, Prof. Kevin Daly, holding an on-site class with Regular Member students.

Regular Member Program

The Regular Program consists of three terms and runs from September to June 1 each year. The program is rigorous both physically and academically.

All new first year members take part in the orientation program at the opening of the School year in September. Additionally, free modern Greek lessons are offered, and it is strongly encouraged for first-year Regular Members to enroll.

In the Fall Term (September-November), Regular Members are required to participate in the School’s four extensive trips, which offer intensive introductions to the sites, monuments and topography of Greece. These trips run from 7 to 15 days each, and they take students by bus, boat, and foot, in all weathers, to sites and museums throughout Greece. The sequence and itineraries of the trips may vary from year to year, but normally include Central Greece, Northern Greece, Western Greece, and the Peloponnesus, with special attention to Delphi, Olympia, and Corinth. Delivery of an on-site oral report is required for each trip. In addition to the fall trips, School staff will offer courses, workshops, and seminars in their areas of expertise to Regular Members and other members of the School community.  The Whitehead and Wiener Laboratory seminars will run from late November through mid-March; other offerings will be scheduled throughout the academic year.

The Winter Term (November-March) is devoted to the study of sites and monuments of Athens and Attica, seminars offered by School staff, and independent research. Students are required to participate in the course on the 'Topography and Monuments of Athens and Attica.' This course meets at sites and museums in Athens two mornings a week, while a third day is given over to trips at sites in Attica, including Marathon, Rhamnous, Sounion, and Eleusis. Regular Members normally attend one of the seminars offered by the Whitehead Professors or by the Wiener Laboratory. They may elect to participate in other mini-seminars, courses, and workshops offered by School staff.  The winter term also may include trips to Crete, the Saronic Gulf, Corinth and other notable places.

The Spring Term (mid-March-June 1) is for independent study, travel, and research. In the spring, two optional trips are offered. The optional trips will vary each year, but often include Ionia, central Turkey, or Southern Italy. Central to the spring term are the training sessions at the American School’s excavations in Ancient Corinth during May and June. Three-week training sessions, open to all Regular Members, are intended to introduce students to the methods and techniques of archaeological fieldwork. All students (including those whose interests are primarily philological or historical) are strongly encouraged to participate. 

During the Spring Term, Regular Members are expected to participate in the excavations at Corinth and in at least one spring trip. Some students may instead opt to excavate a full season at Corinth. Others may choose to use the time to conduct a significant amount of research and writing, such as a chapter of a dissertation (to be submitted to the Mellon Professor). The spring term allows students to spend a fair amount of time on independent research. Regular Members will submit an outline of their proposed activities to the Mellon Professor for the spring by March 1st.

Students pursuing the Regular Program will not have much free time to prepare for PhD examinations or to work extensively on a dissertation.

Regular Members are expected to be in residence at the School in Athens throughout the academic year. For security and emergency purposes, Regular Members must inform the Assistant Director if they plan to leave Athens for the weekend or for a longer trip. In addition, members must seek approval in advance from the Mellon Professor for absences.

 

For more about the application process please visit the page for Application Details for Regular Membership.
For more information about the academic schedule, please visit the current year schedule.