The Program in Hellenic Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum in Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora Studies, interdepartmental support for graduate students working on Greece and the Balkans, and a series of events and conferences for the larger academic and Greek communities in the New York area. Under the auspices of the Classics Department, the Program allows students to study Greece through a contemporary lens and prepares them for further academic study and later professional work in the field. Students are encouraged to study in Greece in the summer and during their Junior year. The curriculum aims to build a strong linguistic base, a knowledge of the field, and a theoretical framework for analyzing cultural difference more generally.

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Recent News

July 08, 2024

Professor Kakkoufa selected as a Faculty Visitor

Professor Nikolas P. Kakkoufa has been selected as a 2024-2025 Faculty Visitor at Reid Hall in Paris. The Faculty Visitorship program brings ten Columbia faculty members to the Columbia Global Center in Paris for one to three weeks in order to conduct research, organize workshops or talks, and collaborate with fellows from the Institute for Ideas & Imagination.

June 10, 2024

Columbia in Greek News

The Mediterranean Humanities in Athens seminar was featured in the Greek newspaper, "To Bima", on Sunday, June 9th. 

April 24, 2024

New Program in Hellenic Studies Minors

The Program in Hellenic Studies is very pleased to announce the establishment of two new paths of study: a Minor in Modern Greek Language, Literature, and Culture (MGLLC) and a Minor in Hellenic Studies. These minors will be offered beginning in AY 24-25 for Columbia College and General Studies students. The Program currently also offers a Minor in Modern Greek at Barnard College.

More information about the requirements can be found here


Stathis Gourgouris

Director of the Program in Hellenic Studies   
Classics/ English/ ICLS
608 Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 854 3902
[email protected]

Nikolas P. Kakkoufa

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Classics
617A Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 854 3902
[email protected]

Eleni Gizas

Program Coordinator, Hellenic Studies
Department of Classics
617 Hamilton Hall, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 851 0297
[email protected]

Photo credits

Ο Καραγκιόζης στην Αμερική: του καραγκιοζοπαίχτη Δημήτρη Μανωλόπουλου; Stamps, from the Private collection of Neni Panourgia; Photo: Drapetsona, Petros Gourgouris (2014); Ρακένδυτοι: Σχέδια του Ραλλή Κοψίδη σχολιασμένα ποιητικά. Εκδόσεις Φαρφουλάς. Αθήνα, 2019; Giannis Stavrou, Private Collection (Athens); Καραγκιοζολόγιο (τεύχος 6, χειμώνας 2018); Kosmas Stathis, Private Collection (Athens).