Modern Greek Studies Association

Colorado College


Year Program Established: 1969
Approximate Number of Students Enrolled (per academic term): 1-2
Level of Program Offered :
Minor in Modern Greece and its Background;
undergraduate elective courses


Full Time Faculty:

Owen Cramer, Professor of Classics

David Mason (full time in English, occasional in MG Studies)

Lisa B. Hughes (part time in English and Comparative Literature, occasional in MG Studies)


Sponsoring Departments:

Classics Department

Does the program offer financial support to students? Yes
Does the institution offer financial support to students? Yes

Program resources, achievements, and challenges

We have limited departmental travel/study funds for students going to Greece and the college has a program of venture grants for students studying anywhere. We have a long-term relationship with College Year in Athens and the Athens Centre. We have a Beginning Greek course that counts also as "western civ" and treats the history and culture of the Greek-speaking world from ancient to modern times (see below). We have a presence in the colleges Mediterranean Semester program, periodically sending our students for up to a full semester in Greece with optional study of Modern Greek. English poetry Professor David Mason-- who has spent years in Greece, is well acquainted with the world of poetry in Greek, and his verse novel Ludlow (2007) is an important work of interpretation of the Greek experience in America with its epic presentation of Louis Tikas (Louis the Greek) and the Ludlow Massacre. We can offer students a good deal, but we are challenged by our multifarious interests which keep us from teaching as much MG as we would like.

Recent initiatives in curriculum, collaborative projects, outreach, educational and research support.

Mediterranean Semester: one offering within a program covering the area from Jordan to Morocco--a two block course on Greek philosophy and poetry (poetry especially very much modern as well as ancient) plus an optional two block course on Greek language, modern or ancient, taught by the Athens Centre.

On campus course:
Classics 101 Greek for Beginners. Introduction to the structure and vocabulary of classical Greek, with attention to those features that form the classical basis for Biblical koine and for the classical side of Greek diglossia from Hellenistic times through the 20th century. Short texts from Homer to Kazantzakis and Cavafy provide practice in literary, philosophical and rhetorical reading and initiation in major areas of Western thought. Attention to the history of the language and its relation to ancient, medieval and modern culture. Carries Critical Perspectives: The West in Time designation.

Classics/ Comparative Literature
Colorado College
14 E. Cache la Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

(719) 227-8333

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Courses Offered

Classics 101-Greek for Beginners (Ancient with attention to Modern) -- 14 enrolled

Classics 202-Reading in Greek (Modern) -- 1 enrolled

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