Catalog 2016-2017

Classics

Teaching Faculty

Professors Campolo and Resinski (chair) 
Assistant Professor Rauh 

 

Description

The program in Classics encourages students to develop a multi-faceted view of Greek and Roman antiquity through an interdisciplinary study of language, literature, history, and philosophy. Courses offered under the CLAS designation require no knowledge of Latin and/or Greek. Courses in Latin, Greek, and Classics provide students with the opportunity to learn about the language, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

Major in Classics

13 courses distributed as follows:

  • LATI 110 and 120  Fundamentals of Latin I and II 
  • GREE 110 and 120 Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II 
  • LATI 210 Readings in Latin 
              or
    GREE 210 Readings in Greek 
  • 2 courses in Latin and/or Greek at the 300 level (may be both in Latin, both in Greek, or a combination) 
  • LATI 410 Advanced Readings and Research in Latin Literature  
              or
    GREE 410 Advanced Readings and Research in Greek Literature 
  • CLAS 200 Classical Mythology 
  • CLAS/HIST 301 Greek Civilization 
  • CLAS/HIST 302 Roman Civilization 
  • 2 other courses chosen from offerings in Latin, Greek, and/or Classics (including courses cross-listed with Classics) 

Note(s):

Students interested in graduate coursework in Classics should plan to take as many 300-level language courses as possible.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the Classics major is composed of two parts:  the completion of LATI 410  Advanced Readings and Research in Latin Literature  or GREE 410  Advanced Readings and Research in Greek Literature  and the passing of a written exam (with a grade of "C" or higher) based on key concepts in the field.

Minor in Classics

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • LATI 110 and 120 Fundamentals of Latin I and II 
              or
    GREE 110 and 120 Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II
  • 1 course in Latin or Greek at the 200 level or above. 
  • 3 remaining courses chosen from offerings in Latin, Greek, and/or Classics (including courses cross-listed with Classics).

Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

Classics Courses

Classes with the code CLAS are taught entirely in English and require no knowledge of Latin or Greek.

 

CLAS 200

Classical Mythology

A study of Greek and/or Roman mythology, particularly the structure and dynamics of the mythological cosmos and the roles assigned to mortals and immortals within it. No prerequisite.

Literary Studies LS
Values, Beliefs and Ethics VA
CLAS 250

Etymology and Philology

A study of word origins and particularly of the Latin and Greek elements of English words. This course aims to cultivate a curiosity about words and the development of the English language. No prerequisite.

CLAS 285

Ancient Philosophy

Study of ancient Western philosophers and philosophical systems. Subjects may include the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, and Neo-Platonism. Cross-listed as PHIL 285.

Values, Beliefs and Ethics VA
CLAS 290

Topics:Trojan War in Lit

This course examines Homer’s Iliad and other presentations of the Trojan War in ancient literature and art before moving to a consideration of how the Trojan War has been reimagined and transformed by authors and artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. All readings are done in English; no prerequisite, and no prior knowledge of Classics or mythology is required.

Literary Studies LS
CLAS 294

Topics in Classical History

A focused study of aspects of Greek and Roman history. This course can be repeated for additional credits as long as the section topics are different. Recent section topics include Tyranny & Liberty and Catastrophe & Collapse. No prerequisite. Cross-listed as HIST 294. Cross-listed as CLAS 294.

Historical Perspectives HP
CLAS 301

Greek Civilization

An integrated survey of the history, society, art, and literature of ancient Greece, from the Bronze Age to Alexander the Great. No prerequisite. Cross-listed as HIST 301.

Historical Perspectives HP
CLAS 302

Roman Civilization

An integrated survey of the history, society, art, and literature of ancient Rome, from the early Republic to the height of the Roman Empire. No prerequisite. Cross-listed as HIST 302.

Historical Perspectives HP
CLAS 490

Adv Topics in Classical Literature

A focused study of aspects of Greek and Roman literature which may include a consideration of the reception of Classical literature in later time periods. This course can be repeated for additional credits as long as the section topics are different. Recent section topics include Classics & Trollope and Myth in Children’s & Young Adult Literature. Consult the online course schedule for information about the topics currently scheduled to be taught.

Literary Studies LS
Writing Level 2 W2
CLAS 495

Topics: Heroes and Villians

Caesar. Alexander. Hannibal. Cleopatra. Heroes to some, villains to others. What are the idealized and practical realities lurking behind these, and other, iconic figures of the Classical world? What do they reveal about the civilizations that revere or revile them? With these questions in mind, we explore the evolution of heroes and villians--historic, legendary, and literary--through time into our own era.

Historical Perspectives HP
Writing Level 2 W2
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Greek Courses

Courses in Greek provide students with the opportunity to learn about the language, history, and culture of ancient Greece.

GREE 110

Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I

An introduction to the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Ancient Greek, the language of Classical and New Testament authors. No prerequisite.

GREE 120

Fundamentals of Ancient Greek II

A continuation of GREE 110. By the end of the course, students read passages of Greek literature, both Classical and Biblical, in the original. Prerequisite: GREE 110 or the equivalent.

GREE 110 or the equivalent.
Language LA
GREE 210

Readings in Greek

Focus on the translation of Ancient Greek texts, with an emphasis on the strengthening of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Topics and authors vary by semester. Prerequisite: GREE 120 or the equivalent.

GREE 120 or the equivalent.
GREE 390

IndSt:Topics in Greek Literature

A course focused on the translation and interpretation of Ancient Greek texts. Because the texts and authors covered vary by semester, this course can be taken multiple times. Prerequisite: GREE 210 or permission of the instructor.

GREE 210 or permission of the instructor.
Literary Studies LS
GREE 410

Adv Reading/Research in Greek Lit

A course in which the translation and interpretation of Greek texts is combined with the reading and analysis of current scholarship; the course culminates in a research project and portfolio. Specific topics and authors vary by semester. Prerequisite: a 300-level Greek course or permission of the instructor; open to seniors majoring or minoring in Classics.

a 300-level Greek course or permission of the instructor; open to seniors majoring or minoring in Classics.
Literary Studies LS
Undergraduate Research UR
Writing Level 2 W2
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Latin Courses

Courses in Latin provide students with the opportunity to learn about the language, history, and culture of ancient Rome. See the Classics section of the Catalog for information about courses in Classics as well as the Classics major and minor.

LATI 110

Fundamentals of Latin I

An introduction to the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin. No prerequisite.

LATI 120

Fundamentals of Latin II

A continuation of Latin 110. By the end of the course, students read passages of Latin literature in the original. Prerequisite: Latin 110 or the equivalent.

Latin 110 or the equivalent.
Language LA
LATI 210

Readings in Latin

Focus on the translation of Latin texts, with an emphasis on the strengthening of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary. Topics and authors vary by semester. Prerequisite: LATI 120 or the equivalent.

LATI 120 or the equivalent.
LATI 390

Topics: Martial

A course focused on the translation and interpretation of Latin texts. Because the texts and authors vary by semester, this course can be taken multiple times. Prerequisite: LATI 210 or permission of the instructor.

LATI 210 or permission of the instructor.
Literary Studies LS
LATI 395

The Vulgate

A study of the Latin Bible involving the translation and interpretation of passages from Vulgate. This course also incorporates engaged learning activities related to book history, paleography, and manuscript culture. Prerequisite: LATI 210 or permission of the instructor.

LATI 210 or permission of the instructor.
Literary Studies LS
Special Projects SP
LATI 410

Adv Reading/Research in Latin Lit

A course in which the translation and interpretation of Latin texts is combined with the reading and analysis of current scholarship; the course culminates in a research project and portfolio. Specific topics and authors vary by semester. Prerequisite: a 300-level Latin course or permission of the instructor; open to seniors majoring or minoring in Classics.

a 300-level Latin course or permission of the instructor; open to seniors majoring or minoring in Classics.
Literary Studies LS
Undergraduate Research UR
Writing Level 2 W2
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