Greek Studies

Notice: Effective August 2014

We regret to inform you that we will no longer be accepting new Greek Studies minors. Any questions can be directed to Kate Hughes at


The Greek Studies program at Drexel invites students to take an educational and experiential journey exploring ancient Greek mythology, modern Greek history, and contemporary political issues and culture. Students immerse themselves in Greek traditions: from the spices of the food to the tastes of the Greek islands, from traditional and folk melodies to modern music and dance, and from theatrical plays and movies to dinner-dancing parties. Along with study abroad and co-op options, the program also examines Greece's position in the world, as its geography places it at a distinct juncture unifying Africa, Europe and Asia. Greek Studies encourages students to appreciate both classic and modern values that have evolved into Greece's wonderful traditions. As an added benefit, all courses on Greek topics can be taken for honor's credit.

Students have the opportunity to gain a firsthand perspective of Greek culture by participating in co-op or study abroad programs on the island of Crete. The co-op experience is made possible through the Vidalakis Family Cretan Scholars Program, which provides a $6000 stipend to accepted applicants to offset the costs of participation.

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About the Minor

The minor in Greek Studies features interdisciplinary coursework in Greek culture and the modern Greek language, with an experiential, dynamic approach to learning that includes a co-op abroad option. The goal of the program is to educate students on Greek culture and values, and inviting them to savor authentic studies in literature, art, science, music and all that Greece has to offer.

The minor consists of a minimum of 24 credits, 17 of which are elective courses chosen with a focus on Greek studies. Because the scope of the minor embraces Hellenism from antiquity to today, students may select their electives depending on their particular interest in Greek studies (e.g. mythology, philosophy, performance, etc.).

Independent Study Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to pursue an independent study if relevant courses are not offered. Past independent studies include:

  • Greek language
  • Creative Intensive Greek Writing
  • Religion on the Island of Crete
  • The Perception of Psychoanalysis in Greece
  • International Trafficking Athletes: United States and Greece
  • Afghan Assimilation in Crete
  • Entrepreneurship in Greece
  • International Tourism Research
  • Exporting Flamenco: The Relationship Between Globalization and a Cultural Art Form on the World Stage

Course Requirements for Minor in Greek Studies »


Hellenic Society Student Organization, Drexel University

The objectives of the Hellenic Society of Drexel University are: 1. To actively participate and take a public stand, on educational and social issues. 2. Support the Hellenic Community of Philadelphia and neighboring suburbs, and the Hellenic Nation (national issues), in collaboration with different organizations within the Hellenic Community. 3. To support and promote Hellenic Student Societies and Associations in foreign countries which are actively seeking to resolve common concerns (recognition of degrees received etc.) 4. To provide help to every Greek student that wishes to enroll at Drexel University, coming from a different state or country. 5. To promote Co-Op opportunities in Greece in more places other than Athens. 6. Promote Hellenic folk cultural heritage. 7. To introduce members of the international community to modern Hellenic culture, and to emphasize the contribution of Hellenism to Humanity.

Mediterranean Ensemble, Drexel University

The Drexel University Mediterranean Ensemble is open to any student with an interest in performing traditional music from Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa. All traditional and Western instruments are welcomed including oud, bouzouki and saz along with guitar, violin and sax. Percussionsts can play Drexel’s wide assortment of traditional drums including doumbek, riq and djimbe. Students will have the opportunity to perform 7/8 and 9/8 rhythms from Greece, 10/8 rhythms from Turkey, learn songs in Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew. The course will also have a dance component. This ensemble will fulfill the ensemble requirement for music majors. Please contact Bruce Kaminsky at for more information.

Organization of Philhellenic Performing Arts, Drexel University

The mission of the Organization of Philhellenic Performing Arts is to promote solidarity, fellowship and assistance between the members of Drexel and the surrounding community. To cooperate with other student societies of Drexel University, as well as with other university organizations. The promotion of Hellenic folk cultural heritage, both within and outside the University. To introduce members of the international community to modern Hellenic culture, and to emphasize the contribution of Hellenism to Humanity. To promote an active lifestyle through music and dancing.

Papadakis Memorial Website, Drexel University

Drexel President for 14 years, Constantine Papadakis passed away suddenly on April 5th, 2009.

Greek American Chamber of Commerce

The Greek American Chamber of Commerce is an organization dedicated to serve the Greek American business community and to promote trade between the U.S. on the one hand and Greece and Cyprus on the other.

Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia

The mission of the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia to perpetuate ancient Greek ideals, virtues and culture.

Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia

The mission of the Hellenic Medical Society of Philadelphia is “To unite physicians and other health care professionals of Hellenic heritage to foster, promote and support medical, research, educational and cultural programs of the highest possible standards that will enrich the quality of life of the individual and the community of greater Philadelphia.”

Hellenic News of America

The Hellenic News of America is a newspaper publication located in Havertown, PA, dedicated to local and global Greek news.

The Pancretan Association of America

The Pancretan Association of America (PAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Crete and the empowerment of its members to become effective and responsible citizens. Through its diverse programs, PAA reaches out to Cretans of all ages in the United States and Canada making a positive difference in the lives of individual members, supporting the chapters of which they are a part and educating the public about the history and culture of Crete. For 80 years PAA has been a cornerstone of the Greek-American community, fostering philanthropy, educational programs, scholarships and cultural events.

Academy of Athens

The general, over-arching objective of the Academy of Athens, in accordance with its Founding Charter, is the cultivation and advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, along with the communication of the Foundation and its Members with other Academies and fellow Academicians.

Center for the Greek Language

The Center for the Greek Language contains various helpful tools for learning to read/write and speak Greek. There are numerous dictionaries as well as Greek Theories.

Greek Mediterranean Gastronomy

The mission of Greek Mediterranean Gastronomy is the appointment and promotion of the comparative advantages of traditional Greek food and wine products, contemporary cooked and served.

Greek News Agenda

The Greek News Agenda is an English online bulletin, which offers a view of Greece at a glance, issued daily by the Services Abroad Directorate of the Secretariat General for Information. The Greek News Agenda presents developments in current affairs, domestic politics, international relations, economy, business, energy, culture, tourism and travel. It is also a point of reference for issues of general and particular interest and provides useful online sources for additional information and documentation. Special editions on specific topics are published periodically.


Greektionary makes the Greek language fun and enjoyable for you to learn. Not only will you learn three new Greek words daily, but you will also have access to tons of free and useful content that you will certainly enjoy. The Blog and Resources pages contain articles, recommendations and opinions on the Greek language, Greek culture, Greek music, Greek food and many more Greek related topics.

Hellenic Society for Terminology

The goals of the Hellenic Society for Terminology are:

  • To study, coordinate, process, promote, collect, systematize, disseminate, validate and develop by any means the Greek terminology and terminological research.
  • To contribute to the continuous and symmetric development of the Greek language in order to cover the multi-faceted and imperative contemporary needs, and
  • To emphasize the fundamental role of the Greek language both as a valuable source and as a tool for the international terminological background, and promote this role in order to cover current and future needs of the international terminology.

Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete

The Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete provides storage space for artifacts from American and Greek-American excavations in eastern Crete and offers services for the primary study of excavated material to both member projects and individual scholars. On a broader level, the Center also functions as a base of operations for individuals engaged in a wide range of Cretan research topics unrelated to the member projects. The numerous facilities and services at the Center are available to both individuals and projects.

Institute of Language and Speech Processing

The Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP) was founded in Athens (Greece) in 1991 under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Development. The running aim of ILSP / R.C. “Athena” is to be a centre of excellence in basic and applied R&D in the areas of natural language processing, speech processing, recognition and synthesis, music and sound processing, e-learning, distance learning for language, culture and music.

Ministry of Economy & Finance

The Ministry of Economy & Finance provides economic data and reports about Greece.

Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs

The Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs website is devoted to information pertaining to the Greek education system, scholarships, foreign schools in Greece, cross-cultural education as well as spiritual affairs.

Ministry of Tourism

Modern Greek Studies Association

The Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) was founded in 1968 by a group of intellectuals and scholars (Americans and Greeks in America), to showcase the merits of the modern Greek tradition and contemporary Greek culture. It has evolved since then to an American-based, non-profit academic organization, dedicated to the promotion of Modern Greek Studies in the United States and Canada and conversant internationally on all issues, historical and contemporary, which pertain to Greek matters.

Secretariat General of Communication & Information

The Secretariat General of Communication and Information provide the public with objective information, inform state services and public sector agencies of major international events, contribute to the enhancement of relations with Greeks of the Diaspora, participate in state policy-shaping and pursue international developments in the wider field of information and communication media, by undertaking legislative and normative initiatives.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, an international philanthropic organization, makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. While prominent in its support of Greek-related initiatives, the Foundation’s activities are worldwide in scope. The Foundation funds institutions and projects that exhibit strong leadership and sound management and that have the potential to achieve a broad and lasting impact.

Director of Greek Studies:

Maria Hnaraki, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Phone: 215.895.6143 | Office: PSA 304