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Major and Minor

Modern Greek Major

Students pursuing the Major study modern Hellenism, with a special emphasis on Greece and the Greek communities of the U.S. They also familiarize themselves with Hellenism's ancient and medieval origins. In addition to acquiring an in-depth knowledge of contemporary Greek language, culture and history, students gain exposure to a number of disciplines by taking courses in various fields and they become aware of distinct methods used in the study of civilizations. Thus the major provides a broad-based liberal arts education and contributes to the development of critical thinking and related skills. The major builds on the great strengths of the Department of Classical Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature, as well as on traditional West European, Balkan, and Mediterranean strengths across the College.

Prerequisites for the Modern Greek Major

  • Modern Greek 101 and 102

Requirements for the Modern Greek Major

Requirements for the Modern Greek Major include a minimum of ten courses, distributed as follows:

  • Modern Greek Language — Three terms of Modern Greek language courses at the 200-level and above.
  • Modern Greek Literature and Culture — Three courses in Modern Greek Literature and Culture at the 300-level and above.
  • Structure courses — Four courses, selected in consultation with, and approved by, the concentration advisor. At least one course each must be selected from Classical Civilization, Byzantine History and Art, Anthropology, and Political Science.

Modern Greek Minor

This Minor is designed to provide a basic, but contextual and broad, familiarity with modern Greek language, literature, and culture. More specifically, it requires students to study, at the intermediate and advanced level, Greek and its major authors but at the same time it acquaints them with the broader historical, social, and cultural context in which they lived and worked.

Prerequisites to the Modern Greek Minor

Modern Greek 201 or equivalent, as determined by the departmental placement examination.

Requirements for the Modern Greek Minor

Requirements for the Modern Greek Minor comprise at least 16 credits to be chosen from each of the following three groups:

  • A broad introductory course in modern Greek culture (e.g. MGK 214: Introduction to Modern Greek Culture).
  • Two upper-level courses in modern Greek language and literature above MGK 201.
  • Two upper-level courses investigating more specific cultural issues in modern Greece, such as the Diaspora and travel (e.g. MGK 318: Greek American Culture, MGK 340: Travels to Greece).