Modern Greek Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Andrew Harris

Modern Greek Studies Program

HUM 577
Phone: 415-338-1892
Acting Director: David Leitao
Associate Director: Alexandra Pappas


Professor: Klironomos

Program Scope

The Minor in Modern Greek Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking greater knowledge of contemporary Greek language, literature, history, and culture. The program is designed to provide the student with an understanding of Modern Greek language, culture, and society in relation to its earlier antecedents, the ancient Greek and Byzantine civilizations.

The minor complements academic majors for students planning careers in literary and ethnic studies; primary, secondary, and tertiary education; anthropology; history; linguistics; classics; journalism; museum studies, political science; sociology; translation; the arts; the foreign service; international relations; and business, as well as those who desire a better understanding of contemporary Greece, the Greek American experience, and the Hellenic diaspora. The interdisciplinary scope of the program also introduces the student for further study in any number of academic fields at the graduate level. Courses in Modern Greek Studies can also fulfill the BA requirements in Complementary Studies.

The interdisciplinary Minor in Modern Greek Studies consists of 17 - 19 units. A core of two 4 unit courses is required, and an elective group of three additional courses completes the minor.

Modern Greek Studies, Minor — 17 ‐ 19 units

Core (8 units)

MGS 150Modern Greek I4
MGS 151Modern Greek II4

Electives (9 ‐ 11 units)

Greece from the Early Modern Period to the Present
Select two courses from the following:
MGS/ANTH 316Contemporary Culture of Greece3
MGS/HIST 350Greece and the Balkans3
MGS/HIST 351Venetians and Ottomans in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece3
MGS/HIST 352From Glory to Debt: Greece from the 19th to the 21st Centuries3
MGS 365Modern Greek III4
MGS 378Athens3
MGS/ENG 380British and American Travellers to Greece3
MGS 397/ENG 398Greek American Literature3
MGS/CWL/ENG 452Forster, Durrell, and Cavafy3
MGS/C W/CWL 465Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective3
MGS 470Modern Greek IV4
MGS/C W 497Modern Greek Literature3
MGS 555Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts3
Historical Antecedents
Select one course from the following:
MGS/CLAS 510/HIST 326The Byzantine Empire3
CLAS 410/HUM 401Ancient Greek Literature3
CLAR 420Greek Art and Archaeology3
HIST 320Archaic and Classical Greece3
HIST 321Hellenistic Greece3
HIST 328Early Christian Church to 3133
HIST 329Early Christian Church: 313-7873

Some courses are offered on a rotating basis. Students should consult with an advisor regarding their availability. Additional courses may also be taken as approved by the advisor for the minor.