The focus of the program is the study of classical and contemporary art, history, religion and literature in Athens and Rome. Two programs are run concurrently: one beginning in Rome and moving to Athens mid-semester, and the other beginning in Athens and moving to Rome. Athens is the cradle of western art, philosophy and democratic ideals and contrasts between the ancient and contemporary in this lively and boisterous Mediterranean metropolis provide a backdrop for an exploration of the origins and legacy of classical culture. While in Rome, students explore the vast resources of antiquity and layer after layer of ecclesiastical and political development form the basis for analysis. Courses are taught in English in classrooms, on historical and archaeological sites and in museums. The faculty consists of a professor who accompanies the group and distinguished professors from universities and colleges in Athens and Rome.