Modern Greek Studies Association

Boston University


Year Program Established: 1983-84

Approximate Number of Students Enrolled (per academic term): 80

Level of Program Offered:

Undergraduate courses- Minor in Modern Greek


Full Time Faculty:

Kelly Polychroniou, Senior Lecturer in Modern Greek (Greek language, literature, film)       Head of Modern Greek Language Program
Loren J. Samons II, Professor of Classics (Greek history)
Simon Payaslian, Professor of History (Byzantine history)
Erik Goldstein, Professor of International Relations and History


Sponsoring Departments/Administrative Entities:

Department of Classical Studies

Does the program offer financial support to students? Yes

Does the institution offer financial support to students? Yes

Recent initiatives:

Under recent initiatives please add also:
Lectures in Modern Philhellenism: Each year the Department of Classical Studies, in cooperation with the Consul General of Greece in Boston, sponsors a public event in commemoration of March 25, Greece’s National Day, including lectures, debates, and presentations on Greek culture and history from antiquity to the present.

Marathon Education Initiative: The Boston University Philhellenes are proud to participate in the Marathon Education Initiative, a project designed to bring the origins and significance of the marathon race to the attention of marathon runners and all those interested in the democratic citizenship. In this initiative the BUPh is proud to partner with the Alpha Omega Council of Boston, the Consulate General of Greece in Boston, and the 26.2 Foundation.

My Modern Greek website

The BU Philhellenes (BUPh) Project

Boston University
Modern Greek
Department of Classical Studies
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 414
Boston, MA 02115 USA

(617) 353 2427

Fax: (617) 353-1610

Chair, Prof. Jay Samons →

Kelly Polychroniou →

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Courses Offered


Elementary Modern Greek (two terms)
Intermediate Modern Greek (two terms)


The Modern Greek Short Story
The Modern Greek Novel
Directed Studies in Modern Greek


Greek History
Roman History
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Byzantium and the Near East
The Great Powers and the Eastern Mediterranean
Turko-Persia in the Twentieth Century
European Poltics
Diasporas and Identity
Cavafy and History

Additional Areas:

Classical Tradition
Directed Studies (in various areas)

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