This class examines the political significance of monuments and art in Athens, Rome, and Washington, D.C. We consider how artifacts of wood and stone influence our understanding of political bodies and valuable life.
We will take an up-close look at some of the most famous and important works of art and buildings in the world: the Acropolis in Athens, the Forum in Rome, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, and Capital Building in DC; sculpture by Polykleitos, Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, and Saint-Gaudens; and paintings by Leonardo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and El Greco. We will examine these artifacts in order to think about the political work they do establishing, in some cases, large abstract identities like nation-states and in other cases transforming our most intimate conceptions of self.
This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including students who do not attend George Mason University.
Undergraduate students must have a minimum GPA of 2.25.
Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.
Art History - ARTH 398: Study Abroad in the History of Art
Government - GOVT 329: Issues in Political Theories and Values
History - HIST 388: Topics in European History
Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
This course has previously offered HNRS credit - if you are interested in HNRS credit please contact the Honors College.
Graduate credit may be possible.
January 2 - January 16, 2022
Pre-Travel Meeting -
Lecture and Tour of DC
Arrival in Athens. Walking tour and lecture around the Acropolis.
Visit and lecture: Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
Day trip to Delphi with on-site lecture.
Free day in Athens, followed by evening lecture.
All day trip to islands of Aegina, Poros, and Hydra.
Visit Exarcheia neighborhood with on-site lecuture.
Depart for Rome; Visit the Pantheon and Navona
Rome Exploration Projects, followed by afternoon lecture.
Rome Exploration Projects
Visit to the Domus Aurea, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill followed by an evening lecture.
Visit to the Vatican and St. Peter's Basillica.
Students work on film presentations on site.
Students work on film presentations on site.
Students depart for the U.S.
Post-Travel Meeting -
Watch final film assignment and group dinner
* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Winter 2022: $3,400
The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges are put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course.
Tuition and mandatory fees
All breakfasts and some additional group meals
Guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary
Transportation to all program sites
Flight from Athens to Rome
International emergency medical insurance.
Passport and visa fees
Required textbooks and/or course materials.
*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.
The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance.
The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).
Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.
Final Payment: The final balance is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.
You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.
Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility.
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO. Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program.
If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must:
Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu.
Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at MasonLed@gmu.edu to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at Military@gmu.edu.
Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.
Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.
Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:
Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.
Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.
* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.