Modern Greek Studies Association

Ohio State University


Year Program Established: 1976

Approximate Number of Students Enrolled (per academic term): 300

Level of Program Offered (and when established):
undergraduate level elective courses (1976)
graduate level elective courses (1982)
minor concentration (1984)
B.A. (1988)
M.A. (1991)
Ph.D. in Modern Greek (1998); Ph.D in Greek Studies (1998)


Gregory Jusdanis, Professor profile→
Georgios Anagnostu, Associate Professor profile→
Christopher Brown, Lecturer


Sponsoring Departments/Administrative Entities:


Does the program offer financial support to students? Yes

Does the institution offer financial support to students? Yes.

Program resources, achievements, and challenges

The Phaedon John Kozyris and Litsa Kozyris Travel Award
This $50,000 endowed fund provides financial support to graduate or undergraduate students to pursue a formal program of study in Modern Greek (MG) language and/or research in Greece in any academic field requiring the intensive use of MG. It may cover study abroad fees, travel expenses, and any additional educational expenses (including books). The fund is restricted to a student (from any department at Ohio State who has attained a level of competence in MG beyond the first year of instruction by taking at least two courses in the MG language program at Ohio State, housed in the Department of Classics, or is a graduate student in the MG program. In the absence of a Modern Greek language program at Ohio State, the fund will support a competitive research award for a student from Greece or Cyprus working in any academic field, or a student of any background working on a MG topic.

For a fuller description and biographical profiles of the donors.

Gregory Jusdanis received an NEH Fellowship, Spring 2015 at American School of Classical Studies

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

Outreach Activity – The 4th Annual Modern Greek Program Greek School Event. This Fall semester (11/14/2015) the Ohio State Modern Greek Program hosted students ages 8-13 from the Greek School of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and their parents. Ohio State students enrolled in Modern Greek language courses presented their work, taught some Greek language exercises, and encouraged the younger students in their study of Greek.

This is the fourth year of this community outreach activity of the Modern Greek Program with the local language school. Dr. Christopher Brown organized and coordinated the event.

Endowing the Modern Greek Studies Chair – Ohio Hellenic Paideia

OSU Modern Greek Program Launches Endowed Chair Initiative

It is with great pleasure that we announce a major fundraising initiative to endow a Chair in Modern Greek Studies at The Ohio State University, a position that will ensure the research and teaching of Modern Greek language and culture, including issues related to the Greek diaspora, in perpetuity.

Neohellenists, alumni, and scholars who have benefited from the research produced by one of the first Modern Greek programs in the United States are invited to contribute to this initiative.

The support of friends of Greek learning in the United States is paramount for the success of this initiative.

For specific information about the Project and ways to contribute please visit us here.

Professor Georgios Anagnostu
Department of Classics
Ohio State University
414 University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210-1319 USA


614 292 2744

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Courses Offered


Elementary Modern Greek
Intermediate Modern Greek
Advanced Modern Greek
Ancient Greek

Modern Greek literary and Cultural Studies

Greece and Beyond: The Crossing of Borders through Film
Culture of Contemporary Greece
Greek Identities: Ancient and Modern
Modern Greek Literature in Translation

Other Areas:

Athens: The Modern City
Folklore of Contemporary Greece
Travels to Greece
Issues in Greek-American Society and Culture

The Program has continued to offer three years of Greek language instruction, together with the CLLC Greek radio class that draws listeners and participants from Greece and the US, weekly Greek conversation hour and Greek television broadcasting. It hosts events for students and faculty of the local Greek community school.

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