The Academic Year Programs
The Regular Program itself consists of three terms and runs from September to June 1. The program is rigorous both physically and academically. In the Fall Term (September-November), Regular Members are required to participate in the School’s four extensive trips, whose purpose is to offer an intensive introduction to the sites, monuments and topography of Greece. These trips run from 7 to 12 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 they normally include Central Greece, Northern Greece, and the Peloponnesus, with special attention to Delphi, Olympia, and Corinth. Delivery of an on-site oral report is required for each trip. Download bulletin (PDF).
Note: All new first year members are expected to take part in the orientation program at the opening of the School year. Free modern Greek lessons are offered and first-year Regular Members are strongly encouraged to enroll in them.
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.
The Winter Term (November-March) is devoted to the study of sites and monuments of Athens and Attica, to seminars offered by School staff, and to independent research. Students are required to participate in the course in 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 to sites in Attica, including Marathon, Rhamnous, Sounion, and Eleusis. Regular Members normally attend one of the seminars offered by the Whitehead Professors or 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 points.
The Spring Term (mid-March-June 1) is for independent study, travel, and research. Regular Members are expected to complete all of the requirements. Central to the spring term are the training sessions at the American School’s excavations at Ancient Corinth. These sessions, open to all Regular Members and of three weeks’ duration, 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. In addition, two optional trips to various destinations, often including Ionia or central Turkey, are offered every year in the spring.
Regular members are expected to participate in the excavations at Corinth, and at least one spring trip; some may instead 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). Regular Members will submit to the Mellon Professor an outline of their proposed activities for the spring by March 1.
Students pursuing the Regular Program will not have much free time to prepare for examinations or to work extensively on a dissertation.
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.
Associate Members normally pursue a specific project that requires extended residence in Greece. Associate Members have full library privileges and access to the staff and services of the School. Use of other facilities and participation in other activities, e.g. Regular Program trips, can be offered only when space permits, and at the discretion of those responsible for the academic program.
Associate Members should discuss travel plans with the Mellon Professor prior to taking trips.