Those interested in going on to seminary will find knowledge of the Greek language a valuable skill, but anyone enthralled by history, philosophy or biblical studies will enjoy Greek courses. Take an interim class in Greece, learn to read ancient texts—including the New Testament—in the original language, and discover the context of early Christian faith.

Overview

As a Greek major or minor at Calvin, you'll focus on both the language and culture of ancient Greece. Additionally, you'll develop invaluable research and communication skills.

Careers in Greek

  • Biblical scholar
  • linguist
  • educator
  • librarian

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in Classics Club; Volunteer with local branches of JCL (Junior Classical League), serve as a tutor.

Keep Exploring

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By the numbers

100%
Students who participate in cross-cultural learning
7
Modern languages taught at Calvin
807
students who studied off-campus in 2013.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Bruce and Esther (VanManen) Drukker Family Scholarship
  • award amont: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; primary preference is given to those pursuing a classical languages major; additional preference is given to those also pursuing a degree in secondary education
  • search and apply here
Ernest Van Vugt Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; classics major or who has a special interest in the classics
  • search and apply here
Richard and Sylvia Wevers Scholarship
  • award amont: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is not required; excellent students of the Greek language and majoring in a program in the classics department; seriously committed to Christian ministry in the Christian Reformed Church
  • search and apply here
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Young Kim

Young Kim
Associate Professor
Department of History
HH 365
yrk3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7568

David Noe

David Noe
Associate Professor
Department of Classics
HH 363
dcn3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6295

Mark Williams

Mark Williams
Professor
Academic Dean for Arts, Languages, and Education
Department of Classics
SC 383C
wilm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6203

Jeffrey Winkle

Jeffrey Winkle
Associate Professor
Department of Classics
HH 359
jwinkle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6813

Talk to us

Young Kim Young Kim
Department Chair
Department of Classics
HH 365
yrk3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7568

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Greek as a:

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