LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2014, Subject = MODGREEK

The Department of Classical Studies believes that the literature, monuments, and social institutions of the ancient world, together with the reflections of the Greek and Roman thinkers about their own cultures, are of unique value in themselves, well worth our contemplation and understanding; and that as we attempt to learn about and appreciate classical civilization, we necessarily learn as well a variety of contemporary methodologies and disciplines.

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.

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.

Distribution Courses

The department offers three groups of courses for distribution, those in Classical Civilization (introductory courses that require no knowledge of Greek or Latin), courses in Classical Archaeology, and upper-level language courses in Greek and Latin authors or genres. While only a few courses are repeated in yearly or biennial rotation, most courses are offered less regularly. This system guarantees that the instructor approaches the subject each time with fresh impetus. We believe in a healthy change and variation in our course offerings.

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.

Modern Greek

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.
    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.
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