The Minor

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What do Modern Greek Studies Minors do?

Our students study the principle aspects of Modern Greek language and culture, special topics on Modern Greek history and politics, the beliefs and practices of the Greek Orthodox tradition in a theological, historical, and cultural context, representative works of the Modern Greek literary and artistic production, as well as the theoretical tools for their understanding and critical analysis. 

In the process, students develop the analytical and critical skills that allow them to make connections between the classroom and real world issues and become critical thinkers. The minor promotes intercultural awareness and understanding and provides the tools for students to become engaged global citizens.

Students are encouraged to design their own course of study depending on their academic and personal interests. 

Our minors have great opportunities for studying abroadacademic scholarships, grants, and professional internships.

Is This Minor Right for you?

Our students come from a great number of different majors and backgrounds. They are students who are:

  • interested in interdisciplinary studies
  • passionate about languages and the arts
  • interested in European history and politics
  • interested in doing field-work in Greece (History, Classics and Archaeology, Art History, Theater, etc.)
  • seeking careers in education, non-profits, diplomacy, international law and business
  • of Greek heritage who want to learn more about their culture 

Representative Courses 

  • Elementary /Intermediate Modern Greek
  • Advanced Modern Greek Conversation
  • Surveys of Contemporary Greek Literature
  • Greek Modernism
  • Women’s Writing
  • Contemporary Greek Poetry
  • Modern Greek Literature and Myth
  • Greek Literature and Philosophy
  • Special topics in Modern Greek History
  • Greek Orthodox Tradition and Spirituality
  • Greek Theater and Cinema
  • Greek Art and Music
  • Contemporary issues in Greece and the European Union

All courses are 4 units; upper division courses offered by the Modern Greek Studies program fulfill the University’s Core requirements, and have Writing, Oral, and/or Engaged Learning flags.  

Minor Requirements

The minor in Modern Greek Studies consists of 20 semester hours, of which at least 12 hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The following distribution is recommended, with the approval of the director of the minor:

  • 8 semester hours of Modern Greek language instruction (2 courses)
  • 12 semester hours of upper division courses offered by the Modern Greek Studies program and/or affiliated departments (3 courses)

Special Studies / Independent Studies courses may be counted towards the Minor upon approval by the Modern Greek Studies director. 

Students minoring in Modern Greek Studies may design their own individualized program in consultation with the director of the Center and their advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Odyssey Study Abroad Program in Greece for a full immersion experience and earn 4-8 semester hours.

Students with previous knowledge of the language or with previous language course credit are requested to contact the program director to schedule a placement exam.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in minor courses.

For more information about how to declare a minor, contact:

Dr. Christina Bogdanou
Program Director
University Hall 3752
Phone | 310. 338.4463

Need a major/minor worksheet or 4-year-plan? Check here.

See the complete list of Modern Greek Studies courses in the University Bulletin

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