Jan 20, 2022
The Modern Greek Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study Modern Greece - its language, literature, history (from the Byzantine Empire to the present), its Christian Orthodox tradition, and its arts. Modern Greek Studies on the LMU campus may be supplemented by the Summer Study Abroad courses of The Odyssey Program.
Modern Greek enriches the LMU curriculum and academic life by:
- teaching the living, contemporary form of the Greek language
- exploring the richness of Greek culture in the postclassical periods - the Byzantine and modern eras
- introducing the University to the study of the Greek Orthodox branch of Christianity
- offering courses that fulfill University Core curriculum requirements
- contributing to the globalization and internationalization of the curriculum
- making possible for students to study abroad by offering the Odyssey Study Abroad summer program in Greece.
The minor in Modern Greek Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students interested in studying Modern Greece. LMU's Odyssey Summer Study Abroad Program gives students the opportunity to study in Greece during the summer. The objectives of the Minor support the Mission of the University to expose students to the cultural diversity at home and abroad.
- The Modern Greek language courses provide students with an opportunity to study a language that has produced contemporary literature admired around the world.
- The literature of the modern language is the heir, the interpreter, and the full flowering of its ancestor - the ancient Greek. Modern Greek literature reworks the past and defines the present in images both familiar and startlingly original.
- The Minor formalizes the study of Greek history, society, and culture from the Byzantine period to the present. The student is guided into a systematic understanding of the forces that shaped Modern Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkan regions, and Europe in general.
- By incorporating courses in the Greek Orthodox Tradition and Orthodox Spirituality, the Center enlarges the number of courses offered by the Theological Studies Department. This allows students to study Christian Orthodoxy not only along other Christian faiths but also along all the other major religions.
The Minor in Modern Greek Studies consists of 20 semester hours, of which at least 12 hours must be at the 3300 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 at any appropriate level)
12 semester hours from upper division MDGK courses (any 3 courses from the 3000 and 4000 level, and CLVC 4451)
Student Learning Outcomes
The courses of the Program are characterized by rigor in the reading, clarity in the presentation and the discussions of the students, and expectations of more depth in their writing and research assignments. The courses are updated regularly to comply with the ever-expanding demands of the interdisciplinary connections and the globalization of the curriculum. The students will:
- acquire at least moderate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking of Modern Greek and gain insight into a culture different from their own
- develop the ability to make connections across disciplines, countries, and cultures and value and appreciate the interdependence of cultures, faiths, and literatures
- acquire the habits of thinking, feeling, and acting to learn about and value inter-religious dialogue and international cooperation
- learn about the rich Greek literary and cultural traditions - from antiquity to the present, study major literary movements that have been important to Greek and other writers, and value the role literature plays in depicting and reflecting societal changes
- through historical analysis, understand the role economy plays in the advancement or regression of societies and cultures
- learn about oppression, the struggle for freedom, self-determination, and moral issues associated with historical events; learn about the immigrant culture struggling to maintain its ethnic identify and overcome prejudice in the United States
- learn how to read and think critically, do research, and acquire the skills to write reports with accuracy and precision and be able to cite/reference their resources properly
Student learning outcomes from the Minor are assessed in an exit interview with the graduates and a review of their benefits derived from all the courses they attended.