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Dr. Athena Smith was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece where she lived until she was seventeen. For her tertiary education she moved to England, and later the US. Upon completing her graduate studies from SUNY at Buffalo, she and her husband returned to live in Europe, first in Brussels, Belgium and then Athens, Greece. She taught for the University of Maryland extension programs in both countries while later she co-founded and ran the research company KYROS that dealt with European Union-funded research projects on communications and distance learning.  She returned to the US in 2003 where she taught International Relations  at the American Military University and Sociology at SPC and HCC. Currently she is a tenured professor of Sociology at HCC in Tampa where she teaches in traditional and online forms. She is a fervent supporter of distance learning and global curriculum. She has presented a number of papers in various conferences in the US and overseas and has published in peer-reviewed journals. She has also created the course "Introduction to Globalization" taught at HCC. She is fluent in English, Greek, French and Spanish. She is married and has three children. Her email is asmith12@hccfl.edu 

Course information

The syllabus  for Introduction to sociology, summer session (2014, online) can be read at    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MAl7PAksw1O8qf4HMy3-JPb-DHLLahKMQcHhO2-K7_k/edit

The Introduction to Sociology course for Fall 2014 will use a free e-text. The syllabus will be uploaded early summer. However there will be no proctored tests with the whole course  being online. 

The syllabus for Social Problems can be found at

Please note that once the course opens, all the materials will be availalble at once in case you want to work at your own speed.