Humanities: The Influence of Classical Greek Humanism During the Italian Renaissance 

Credit gained: 1 High School Credit


  • Standard Level: B- or above in Grade 10 English and Social Studies.
  • Honors Level: Students who wish to take the course for Honors credit must complete all assigned Honors summer work and receive teacher recommendation based on Q1 performance and grade (minimum B ) in Humanities.

Course description

The Humanities Instructors have planned this online, interdisciplinary course as an opportunity for students to explore the influence of Classical Greece and Byzantine Greece on the Italian Renaissance. Through their study of online resources students will learn how Classical Greek Humanism and contact with Byzantine philosophers shaped the philosophical and political thought of Renaissance Italy. The art historical component of the course will focus on examples of how Classical Greece and Byzantium inspired Renaissance art and architecture. 

Field Study: As a culminating activity, the course offers an optional field study tour in Italy which includes visits to Arezzo, Florence, Siena, and Rome.   If the trip has to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19, the instructors will guide students on a virtual field study experience which will visit highlights of our itinerary in Florence and Rome. 

The program is open to students in grades 9-12. Students will be graded on the various course activities.  Students will earn a total of one high school credit. They may choose either one full social studies credit, or they may divide the course credit into ½ social studies credit and ½ art credit. For ACS students the grades will be included in their Grade Point Average.

Course Start/End Date: October 31st, 2022 to week of April 24th, 2023

Course Duration: 20 weeks

Fellow/Online Instructor: Amalia Zavacopoulou - Kathy Jasonides

Cost: 800 Euros

Cost of Course and Trip: Approximately 1600 Euros, Date of  Field Study to be announced

Minimum Enrollment: 3 Students in a Course

If enrollment in a course fails to reach the minimum number of participants required for the class to run, the class will be cancelled and tuition will be reimbursed.