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Classics and Greek Studies Program



The Classics program is particularly designed for persons who desire to get a rich and rewarding experience of the continuity and lasting values of the classical world, especially Greece. It is very appropriate for prospective teachers of Greek or Latin or for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in a wide variety of disciplines, such as law, literature, linguistics, politics, philosophy, medicine, theology, arts and archeology.

Upon successful completion of their program, Classics majors at HCHC will:

  1. Be able to translate from Attic Greek to English at the advanced level.
  2. Be able to translate from intermediate Latin to English; all proficiency levels correspond to the Greek and Latin exams administered by the American Classical League, http://www.aclclassics.org.
  3. Command a comprehensive knowledge of ancient Greek literature and culture; they will also have an intermediate background in Roman civilization.
  4. Be able to identify and analyze the classical roots of Western civilization.

Admission Requirements

The Classics program welcomes applications from qualified applicants. In addition to regular admission requirements, applicants must have strong language skills and preferably courses in Greek or Latin at the high school level. A high SAT verbal score is a plus. Strong applicants may receive full scholarship.

Degree Requirements

The Classics curriculum provides a solid foundation for appreciating all aspects of the modern world. It is general enough to excite any inquisitive mind, but also specific enough to allow for the deeper study of classical languages and cultures. The deep understanding of those two unique civilizations prepares the students to rewarding and successful carriers, where they can apply the teachings and the broader vision of the mission of the School.

In addition to the General Education requirements (see catalogue) all students are required to complete 42 credits of work selected from the course offerings and 12 credits of Classics electives.

Students in the program are not required to take Introduction to Modern Greek I-II, as General Education requirements. Instead, they take Ancient Greek, Attic Prose and the additional language requirements of the program.


Greek Courses

  • Beginning Ancient Greek I
  • Beginning Ancient Greek II
  • Attic Prose
  • Greek Lyric Poetry
  • Platonic Readings
  • Readings in Ancient Greek
  • Classical Greek Historiography
  • Readings in Ancient Greek Drama
  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Greek Epic Poetry

Latin Courses

  • Beginning Latin
  • Intermediate Latin
  • Readings in Latin Prose
  • Introduction to Latin Poetry
  • Roman Civilization
  • Four Classics electives


Students pursuing a minor in Classics are required to complete a sequence of 15 credits of work, beyond basic language courses, selected from courses offered in the program. In addition to the minor in Classics the program offers minors in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization. All the minors are aimed at those students of our College and the School of Theology who wish to expand their knowledge in one of these areas. The course offerings for each one of them appear below:

Minor in Ancient Greek
1. Beginning Ancient Greek I
2. Beginning Ancient Greek II
3. Attic Prose or Classical Linguistics
4. Classical Mythology or Literature and Arts in Ancient Greece
5. Greek Culture or Ancient Greek History  

Minor in Classics
1. Beginning Ancient Greek I
2. Beginning Ancient Greek II
3. Beginning Latin
4. Intermediate Latin
5. A Greek or Roman Civilization course


Minor in Latin
1.Beginning Latin
2.Intermediate Latin
3.Latin Prose
4.Latin Poetry
5.Roman Civilization or Roman History


Minor in Classical Civilizations
1.Classical Mythology
2.Literature and Arts in Ancient Greece
3.Greek Culture or Ancient Greek History
4.Greek and Roman Archaeology or Travels in Greece
5.Roman Civilization or Roman History


Certificate in Teaching Modern Greek

The Certificate in Teaching Modern Greek, offered in conjunction with the Program in Elementary Education, is designed for the educational enrichment of students who plan to teach in the parochial school system of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and for individuals who are currently teaching in Greek day or afternoon schools.

Requirements for the Certificate in Teaching Modern Greek consist of courses in education, language methodology, and Greek Studies. Upon completion of course requirements, all students must pass a Greek language proficiency examination at a B level or above. The examination assumes competence equivalent to 12 credit hours of Modern Greek. The 15 credit hours required to obtain the Certificate are distributed as follows:


Required Courses: (All courses carry 3 credits)

  • Foundations of Education
  • Greek American Experience
  • Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages  

Elective Courses: Two courses must be selected from the following:

  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Readings in Modern Greek Literature
  • Modern Greek Literature of the 20th Century or
  • Modern Greek Literature of the 19th Century
  • Greek American Literature or
  • Greek Translation Seminar 
  • History of Modern Hellenism or
  • History of Modern Greece
  • Philosophy of the Person I
  • Religious Education