Areas of Exploration

Sample These Majors in our Core Curriculum!

Business and Leadership


Tone Svetlj, PhD

Director of the Minor in Philosophy and Interim Director of the Business Management Program

Business and Leadership Students examine ways to lead others while developing management skills such as planning, organizing, and controlling organizational functions. “Management” and “Leadership” are not the same thing— students learn to balance order with disruptive change.

Psychology and Human Development

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Erika Prijatelj, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of Psychology and Human Development

Our Christian practice can best be revived if the conversation between psychology and spirituality proceeds within each person and recognizes the importance of individual growth and faith development on a personal and community level.

Religious Studies


Timothy Patitsas, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ethics, Interim Dean

You will grow in the knowledge and practice of the Orthodox Faith within its historical and cultural milieus while living in a vibrant Orthodox community. Being mentored in your vocational path, you will choose either the Orthodox Studies or Seminarian Studies paths of study.

Areas of Concentration within Religious Studies

Orthodox Studies

You may explore areas of theological study such as Orthodox Spirituality, Missions, Scripture, Historical Theology, and Philanthropy in order to prepare for vocations of service (including within the Church) or continue your studies in various masters programs.

Orthodox Seminarian Studies

You will be beginning your pre-theology studies and spiritual formation so that you may be prepared to complete your education in the MDiv program of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in three additional years after graduation.



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Stamatia Dova, PhD

Professor and Director, Classics and Greek Studies

Offering rigorous training in the humanities, the Classics can build a strong foundation for success in graduate and pre-professional programs. The study of ancient Greece and Rome helps students develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary for lifelong intellectual inquiry and career advancement in a variety of fields.

Areas of Concentration related to Classics

Byzantine Studies (Minor) 

Students will become familiar with Byzantine history and culture, have a good understanding of Byzantine music and art, and apply this knowledge in analyzing current events.

Minor in Modern Greek Studies

Students will acquire a solid facility reading, writing, and speaking Modern Greek, and be introduced to Greek literature, history, and culture.


Literature and History


Kathleen Ryan, PhD (Co-Director)

Associate Professor (Literature and Education)

Literature and History, two complementary fields of study, span the breadth and probe the depth of the human experience from the beginning of civilization to our own time. In tandem, Literature and History allow students to make sense of the world and the human experience, establish a sense of connection to their ancestors and contemporaries, and develop a capacity for perspective, empathy, and understanding. The major curriculum helps students develop the skills of analysis, research, oral and written expression, and cultural literacy. These transferable skills will serve students well regardless of their chosen career, as well as arm them with the tools to pursue graduate degrees in Literature, History, and related fields.


Nicholas Ganson, PhD (Co-Director)

Assistant Professor of History

Liberal Studies

Do you want flexibility and independence in choosing your curriculum, and a set of skills that translates easily between career fields? Every profession needs agile thinkers with the analytic and expressive skills to examine issues from multiple perspectives and solve problems effectively. Build them in Hellenic College’s Liberal Studies Major.

Certificate in Sacred Arts

This certificate consists of six credits of art courses and six credits of art history courses. The interim Dean of Hellenic, Dr. Timothy Patitsas, commented, “We hope to foster a community of creators interested in the culture of the Orthodox Church, who will go on to promote both moral development and the appreciation of beauty and aesthetics.” The certificate will launch in 2023-2024, with one fine arts course offered per semester in either Calligraphy, Drawing, Iconography, Sculpture, or Painting.



A Minor in Education provides students with greater insight into what is involved in a career in teaching at either the elementary or secondary level. This minor also raises awareness of the academic preparation needed for a successful career in Education.


Students with a minor in philosophy strengthen their ability to reason, think, write and communicate in a clear and disciplined manner, improve their logical thinking, problem-solving, persuasive argumentation, and make informed ethical judgments about difficult courses of action. These skills form an excellent preparation for future studies and careers in law, social work, teaching, administration, politics, various writing-based professions, business and non-profit management, consulting firms, library science, and others.