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The Modern Greek Program offers a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the Greek world of the last ten centuries, and especially to its contemporary social reality and intellectual achievement. Through a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, it covers language, literature and culture. Although the program provides a broad liberal arts education and research training, it places particular emphasis on literary studies, critical theory, cultural politics, diaspora (especially Greek-American).
Students studying Modern Greek progress from an elementary working knowledge of the language to oral and written fluency. Once students have mastered basic patterns of speech and grammar, they are introduced to the literature of one of the world’s richest cultures.
Modern Greek is applicable in a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. Mastery of Modern Greek allows students to consider careers in such fields as education, government, international trade, banking, print or electronic media, or tourism.
The history and culture of modern Athens. The way events such as wars and migration transformed the urban fabric of the city.
A general survey of socio-cultural trends and issues in modern Greece through close examination of ethnographies and other folk expressions.
Review of the Modern Greek literary tradition of the last two centuries through representative works and from a theoretical perspective.