About Modern Greek

Did you know that learning Greek was so easy?

  • When you use words like butter, school, hero, fame, symptom, agony, or character, you are already speaking Greek!
  • When you talk about criticism, fanaticism, cynicism, cosmopolitanism, or criticism, you are referring to Greek ideas!
  • 20% of English vocabulary comes from the Greek Greeks still speak today!

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 broad 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).

Mastery of Modern Greek enables students to consider careers in such fields as government, international trade, banking, print or electronic media, the travel industry, and other professions. After graduation, people with solid Modern Greek training have gone into law, medicine, engineering, education, journalism, public or private businesses and institutions as well as graduate school. Modern Greek gives students the close faculty attention of a small interdisciplinary program while putting at their disposal the vast resources of one of the largest research universities in the world.

The LS&A foreign language requirement is satisfied by completing Modern Greek 202, or by passing a proficiency examination. Course Sequence: Modern Greek 101, 102, 201, 202


Prerequisites: Modern Greek 101 and 102, or by placement examination.
Concentration Program: Minimum of ten courses, distributed as follows:

  1. Modern Greek Language: Three terms of Modern Greek language courses at the 200-level and above.
  2. Modern Greek Literature and Culture: Three courses in Modern Greek literature and culture at the 300-level and above.
  3. Structure courses: Four courses, selected in consultation with, and approved by, the concentration advisor. At least one course must be selected in each of three of the areas listed below:
    A) Classical Civilization B) Byzantine History and Art C) Anthropology D) Political Science

Concentration course list: AMCULT 318; ANTHRCUL 357, 458 (section titled People in Movement); ARCH 509 (section titled Urbanism in the Mediterranean); CLCIV 385, 467, 480; CLARCH 440; COMPLIT 340, 382 (section titled Greek Myth and Cinema); HISTART 440, 442; HISTORY 286, 408, 409, 430, 431; MODGREEK 201, 202, 214, 301, 302, 318, 340, 499; POLSCI 495 (appropriate sections); RELIGION 286


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 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:
At least 16 credits to be chosen from each of the following three groups:

  1. A broad introductory course in modern Greek culture (e.g. MODGREEK 214: Introduction to Modern Greek Culture)
  2. 2 upper-level courses in modern Greek language and literature above MODGREEK 201
  3. 2 upper-level courses investigating more specific cultural issues in modern Greece, such as the Diaspora and travel (e.g. MODGREEK 318: Greek American Culture, MODGREEK 340: Travels to Greece).


In addition to the Modern Greek concentration requirements, students must complete a senior thesis and a reading list in their senior year. For more information, please contact the Modern Greek advisor, Prof. Vassilios Lambropoulos.

For more information on the Modern Greek Program, visit the website at:http://www.lsa.umich.edu/modgreek/

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