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Courses in LSA Classical Studies

The Department of Classical Studies is concerned with every aspect of the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans – their languages and literatures, art and material cultures, philosophy, history, daily life, law and justice, political theory, and religion. The works and thoughts of the Greeks and Romans provide focus and historical perspective to questions which are heatedly debated in our time, making this field of study exciting and intellectually engaging. An ideal liberal arts education, Classical Studies is an excellent way to develop analytical abilities, to learn to make careful arguments and express them lucidly as well as come to a solid understanding of some of the greatest monuments of human thought and art.

Courses Taught in English

The department offers a number of Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilization courses which require no knowledge of Greek or Latin. Through lectures and reading in translation, these courses offer students an opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of Greek and Roman archaeology, literature, mythology, religion, sport and daily life, sexuality, law, philosophy, and institutions.

LSA Language Requirement

The LSA language requirement for the A.B./B.S. degree may be satisfied with the successful completion of: MODGREEK 202, both GREEK 301 and 302 (or equivalent); GREEK 307 and 308; GREEK 300 and any upper-level course; LATIN 232 or 295, or any course at the 300- or 400-level which has one of these courses as a prerequisite, or by satisfactory performance on a placement test. The Latin placement test is offered once at the beginning of each term, periodically during each term by arrangement, and throughout the Summer Orientation period. Students are placed into the department’s language sequences according to their demonstrated proficiency.

Intensive Language Courses

The department offers intensive language courses in Latin and Greek which compress the normal two-year sequence required for elementary language proficiency. Intensive courses are available for Latin and Greek, and are offered during Fall and Winter Terms, and during the Spring or Summer Half-Term. For information about intensive Latin and Greek, please contact the department.

Special Departmental Policies

The department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all language courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A student should repeat any language course in which a D+ or lower grade is earned and which serves as a prerequisite to other courses which are to be elected. A grade of D+ signifies some achievement but denotes too weak a foundation for subsequent courses.

Modern Greek (MODGREEK)

Modern Greek courses cover language, literature, and culture, offering a systematic introduction to the Greek world of the last ten centuries, and especially to its contemporary social reality and intellectual achievement. As part of a liberal arts education, they promote the contextual study, both local and global, of contemporary Greek culture, placing particular emphasis on literary studies, critical theory, cultural politics, ethnicity, and diaspora (especially Greek-American).

Courses in English. Our courses explore the Greek world from late antiquity to the present, with special emphasis on Greek society of the past 200 years. Classes in English introduce students to Greek culture, travel literature about Greece, Greek literature in translation, and diaspora experiences including the Greek American, all of which fulfill distribution requirements for undergraduate degrees.

  • 214 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN GREEK CULTURE examines cultural, religious, social, and political trends as reflected in literature, music, folklore, popular culture, and ideology.
  • 318 GREEK-AMERICAN CULTURE explores questions of ethnicity, race, gender, and social class in the United States over the last two centuries as reflected in Greek-American history and culture
  • 325 ATHENS PRESENT AND PAST studies Athens as a “palimpsest,” a surface that has been scraped and reused again and again, beginning with the Acropolis in the heart of the city, and expanding outward
  • 340 TRAVELS TO GREECE examines the literature of modern travel to Greece and the issues it raises about antiquity, modernity, ethnography, otherness, orientalism, and Western identity.
  • 350 TOPICS IN MODERN GREEK
    Section subtitled "Greek Cultural Heritage, Globalization, and Crisis" explores what is "Greek Heritage," whose heritage is it, and what are the challenges to preserving and protecting it in the face of the fast-paced globalized world and the recent crisis in Greece?

Courses in Modern Greek Language Instruction.

  • ELEMENTARY FIRST-YEAR MODERN GREEK 101-102 is designed for students with no previous exposure to the language as well as for students with some basic understanding of Modern Greek.
  • MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION 105 aims to help students speak basic Greek. It is designed for beginners who know how to read but can barely speak
  • SECOND-YEAR MODERN GREEK 201-202 assumes familiarity with the basics of reading, writing, and speaking
  • MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION 205 aims to give confidence in the ability to handle many speaking situations and topics.
  • THIRD-YEAR MODERN GREEK 301-302 builds on the language skills acquired in the first two years of study
  • MODERN GREEK CONVERSATION II 305 emphasizes self-expression in conversational Greek. The course touches on challenging aspects of the language, such as idioms and phrases, the language of the media, and fast and furious conversations on current events.
MODGREEK 101. Elementary Modern Greek
(4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 500 or 501. F.

An introduction to the readings, writing, and speaking skills of modern demotic Greek, approached through oral-aural training and systematic study of grammar.

MODGREEK 102. Elementary Modern Greek, II
MODGREEK 101. (4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 500 or 502. W.

The second park of an introduction to the readings, writing, and speaking skills of modern demonic Greek, approached through oral-aural training and systematic study of grammar.

MODGREEK 105. Elementary Modern Greek Conversation
MODGREEK 101. (1). May be elected twice for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

The objective of this course is to help students articulate everyday needs in Greek. The course is designed for students who have studied at least one term of Modern Greek. In this course, they will develop elementary Greek conversation skills that serve a variety of situations.

MODGREEK 201. Second Year Modern Greek I
MODGREEK 102. (4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 503. F.

This course is designed to improve the speaking, reading, and writing, as well as listening skills of the students. The course begins with a thorough review of materials taught in the first year and continues with the completion of grammar and syntax and the introduction of new vocabulary, Emphasis is placed on linguistic accuracy in speaking and writing. Besides the familiar drills, homework includes a greater amount of creative writing. Journalistic prose, short stories, literary excerpts, as well as films and television materials are included in the course.

MODGREEK 202. Second Year Modern Greek, II
MODGREEK 201. (4). (Lang Req). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 504. W.

This course is designed to improve students' speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. It begins with a thorough review of materials taught in the first year and continues with the completion of grammar and syntax and the introduction of new vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on linguistic accuracy in speaking and writing. In addition to the familiar drills, homework includes more creative writing in the form of journalistic prose, short stories, literary excerpts, films, and television materials.

MODGREEK 205. Intermediate Modern Greek Conversation, I
MODGREEK 201. (1). May be elected twice for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

MODGREEK 205 aims to give students confidence in their ability to handle many speaking situations and topics. This course is designed for students who have had at least three (3) terms of Greek or whose oral skills place them in 2nd year Greek and who are interested in enhancing their spoken language skills.

MODGREEK 214. Introduction to Modern Greek Culture
(3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

Designed to introduce students to the culture of contemporary Greece, this interdisciplinary course examines cultural, religious, social, and political trends as reflected in literature, music, folklore, popular culture, and ideology. Emphasis is given to the last two centuries but the survey begins with the late Byzantine and Ottoman eras.

MODGREEK 301. Intermediate Modern Greek I
MODGREEK 202. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 505.

Selections from Modern Greek poetry and prose with grammar review and discussion of cultural content.

MODGREEK 302. Intermediate Modern Greek II
MODGREEK 202. (3). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed MODGREEK 506.

Selections from Modern Greek poetry and prose with grammar review and discussion of cultural content.

MODGREEK 305. Intermediate Modern Greek Conversation, II
MODGREEK 301/302. (1). May be elected twice for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

MODGREEK 305 emphasizes self-expression in conversational Greek. The course is designed for students who have had at least four (4) terms of Greek or the equivalent and are interested in acquiring a proficiency in the spoken language.

MODGREEK 318 / AMCULT 318. Greek-American Culture
(3). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

This course explores questions of ethnicity, race, gender, and social class in the United States over the last two centuries as reflected in Greek-American history and culture. The objective is to encourage reflection on the cultural diversity of identity and awareness of racism, discrimination, and intolerance in our world.

MODGREEK 325. Athens, Present and Past
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Taught in English.

From its ancient presence as a center of art, politics, philosophy, and commerce to its reemergence as a modern capital city, Athens has always been a city in transition. In this class, we explore Athens neighborhood by neighborhood through photographs, films, travel descriptions, maps, poetry, plays, political writing, and fictional and non-fictional narrative.

MODGREEK 340 / COMPLIT 340. Travels to Greece
(3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

The course examines the literature of modern travel to Greece and the issues it raises about antiquity, modernity, ethnography, otherness, exoticism, orientalism, and Western identity. Readings include works by British, French, German, American, and Greek authors. Art, film, and the media are also used to provide different measures of comparison.

MODGREEK 350. Topics in Modern Greek
(3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course offers an opportunity to explore topics in Modern Greek.

MODGREEK 399. Directed Study
Consent of instructor required. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

For students who wish to participate in an ISAC (Integrated study abroad into the curriculum) component of a Modern Greek Course.

MODGREEK 494 / CLARCH 494 / CLCIV 494 / GREEK 494 / LATIN 494. Classical Studies Honors Seminar
Honors concentrators in Classical Studies. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) Minimum 3.4 GPA. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This research seminar is designed to help Senior Honors students concentrating in Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilizations, Classical Languages, and Modern Greek prepare for writing their Senior Honors Theses. Topics include: critical inquiry; original research; interpretation of texts; and presentation and organization of argument and ideas.

MODGREEK 495. Senior Honors Research
Consent of instructor required. Junior or senior standing. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

This course is intended for Honors concentrators writing a thesis in Modern Greek.

MODGREEK 499. Supervised Reading
Permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Undergraduate supervised study in Modern Greek literature.

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