Undergraduate Program in Hellenic Studies
Our undergraduate curriculum is designed for students interested in the interdisciplinary study of the Greek world, ancient Byzantine or modern, as well as the classical tradition. The program offers language courses in modern Greek and postclassical Greek (Hellenistic koine to Byzantine Greek), freshman seminars in Hellenic studies, introductory courses in Byzantine and modern Greek studies, upperclass seminars in classical, Byzantine, and modern Greek studies, and a senior thesis colloquium for concentrators in the program. These are complemented by cognate courses offered in several cooperating University departments.
For additional information, please refer to our entry in the Undergraduate Announcement.
PLANS OF STUDY
Currently offered courses are listed on our website.
Plan A: Modern Greek Language and Literature
Plan B: Modern Greek Studies (interdisciplinary)
Plan C: Hellenic Studies (combination of Classical, Byzantine, and/or Modern Greek Studies)
REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATE IN HELLENIC STUDIES
A. Admission to the Program
- Satisfactory completion of the requirements for admission to a Princeton department with whose plan of study this interdepartmental program may be combined.
- Satisfactory completion of at least one of the following courses: HLS 107, HLS 204, HLS 206, HLS 240, HLS 261, HLS 262, HLS 346, HLS 348; or some other one-time-only introductory Hellenic Studies course; or a Freshman seminar on an approved Hellenic Studies topic.
- Satisfactory completion of requirements for departmental major.
- At least two upper-class seminars in Hellenic Studies (HLS 326, HLS 336, HLS 358, HLS 361, HLS 362, HLS 363, HLS 422, HLS 461); or one upperclass seminar in Hellenic Studies and one approved upperclass cognate course.
- Senior thesis with an appropriate Hellenic Studies focus approved by Program Executive Director. For science and engineering majors, a substantial research paper on an approved Hellenic topic.
- Participation in Senior Thesis Colloquium.
C. Language Requirement
Only Plan A concentrators have a language requirement (HLS 107 or its equivalent). Other concentrators are encouraged to take at least two years of ancient or modern Greek.
STUDY AND RESEARCH IN GREECE
Summer study, research, internships, or semester study opportunities in Greece are strongly recommended for all Program concentrators. Program students are eligible for fellowship support.
Prospective undergraduate concentrators must complete and submit our application form. Complete the application form in Acrobat Reader, print it, and then mail it or deliver it to the Program in Hellenic Studies, Scheide Caldwell House. Application forms in hard-copy are available from the Program office.