Modern Greek Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2011 - 2012}

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Modern Greek Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

Dean: Paul Sherwin


Modern Greek Studies Program

HUM 577
Phone: 415-338-1892
Director: Martha Klironomos



Professor: Klironomos



Minor in Modern Greek Studies



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 is useful to students planning careers in literary and ethnic studies; primary, secondary, and tertiary education; anthropology; history; 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.


The interdisciplinary Minor in Modern Greek Studies consists of 23-31 units. If students do not have competency in Modern Greek language, prerequisites would be required. A core of two 4 unit courses and one 3 unit course is required, and an elective group of four 3 unit courses completes the minor, with three courses to be taken in the Post-Enlightenment periods and one course in the pre-Modern periods.


Minor in Modern Greek Studies

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.


Core Courses

Course Title Units
MGS 365 Modern Greek III 4
MGS 470 Modern Greek IV 4
MGS 555 Introduction to Modern Greek Literary Texts 3

Total for Core: 11 units



Enlightenment to the Postmodern Periods (9 units)

Units selected from the following:

Course Title
MGS 315 Modern Greek Folk Culture
MGS 316/
ANTH 316 
Contemporary Culture of Greece
MGS 350/
HIST 350 
Greece and the Balkans
MGS 380/
ENG 380 
British and American Travelers to Greece
MGS 397/
ENG 398 
Greek American Literature
MGS 426/
CW 426 
MGS 497/
CW 497 
Modern Greek Literature
MGS 465/
CW 465/
CWL 465 
Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective
CWL 430 Hero Tales of the Mediterranean

Pre-Modern Period (3 units)

Units selected from the following:

Course Title
MGS 510/
CLAS 510/
HIST 326 
Byzantine Empire
CLAS 390 Greek and Latin Roots in the English Language
CLAS 410/
HUM 401 
Classical Culture: Greece
CLAR 525 Monuments of Athens
HIST 320 Archaic and Classical Greece
HIST 321 Hellenistic Greece
HIST 328 Early Christian Church to 313
HIST 329 Early Christian Church, 313-787
HUM 375 Biography of a City: Athens (topic course)

Total for electives: 12 units

Total for Minor: 23 units


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


If students do not have competency in Modern Greek language, the following prerequisites would need to be taken: MGS 150, Modern Greek I (4) and MGS 151, Modern Greek II (4).


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