Minors in Modern Greek Studies achieve an interdisciplinary understanding of the language, literature, history, society and culture of Greek-speaking people from the Byzantine period through contemporary times. Minors will achieve basic proficiency in the (Modern) Greek language. They will understand modern Greek culture, in its many forms and expressions, in terms of its ancient Hellenic legacy, developments in Byzantine times, and the special identity of Greece and Cyprus as crossroads of western Europe, the Balkans, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East.