Modern Greek language and literature, uninterrupted for three thousand
years, attract students for practical as well as intellectual reasons.
Learning modern Greek culture is a virtual journey back to our roots and
a means of understanding a culture other than one's own.
Taking pride in their cultural heritage, diaspora Greeks choose to
learn Greek in order to communicate with their friends and relatives in
Greece as well as for educational purposes - to travel to Greece and
acquaint themselves with the country's history, customs, and language.
Besides being practical, the reasons are just as often emotional.
The Department of European Languages and Literatures offers a full
sequence of courses in language, literature, and culture which can lead
to a minor in modern Greek. Combined with any other major, the minor in
Modern Greek is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers.
The minor in Modern Greek requires 15 credits beyond Modern Greek 203 or
The study of Greek is also appealing for intellectual and educational
reasons. Both heritage students and non-Greek students choose to learn
the language in order to become acquainted with Greek culture, do
research, or pursue studies in such other disciplines as philosophy,
science, history, literature, art, archaeology, and medicine, all of
which have their roots in Hellenic culture. Indeed, Queens College
offers a major in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, which is coordinated by the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.