Hellenic Studies

Are you fascinated by the rich history and cultural heritage of Greece? Majoring in Hellenic Studies within the Department of Humanities will expose you to interdisciplinary and integrative study of the ancient and modern history, culture, language and literature of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. You will discover the intellectual inheritance of ancient thinkers and the beauty of the Greek language and text. In addition to exchanges abroad, following a path in Hellenic Studies here in Toronto will expose you various opportunities and programs proposed by the city’s large local Greek community.

Career Options in Hellenic Studies

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Hellenic Studies degree than others.

  • Archivist
  • Art Dealer
  • Author
  • Communications Consultant
  • Cultural Consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner
  • Executive Assistant
  • Foreign Business Consultant
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Historian
  • Historical Site Guide
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Industrial Relations Consultant
  • International Aid Director
  • International Development
  • Worker
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Worker
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Marketing Director
  • Media Correspondent
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Director
  • Paralegal
  • Politician
  • Professor
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Publisher
  • Recruiter
  • Researcher
  • Retail Strategist
  • Social Program Director
  • Speech Writer
  • Translator
  • UN Representative

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Hellenic Studies Degree

A background in Hellenic Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • An ability to think analytically and be able to critique and examine ideas from a philosophical and literary perspective
  • A fluency in the issues concerning the Greek community in Canada, as well as key contemporary sociopolitical concerns
  • A solid understanding of the Greek language and familiarity with classical works and modern literary texts
  • A capability to express your ideas and opinions clearly through written statements, opinion pieces and debate

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
  • The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.