Classics Program

Classics Program Courses

(courses with a CLAS code have no prerequisites and require no knowledge of Latin or Greek)

CLAS 200 Classical Mythology (LS, VA)

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.

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. (Either CLAS 250 or CLAS 255 may count toward the Classics major or Classics minor, but not both.) No prerequisite.

CLAS 255 Medical Etymology

A study of the Latin and Greek elements used in current medical terminology. This course aims to put medical vocabulary in a linguistic context. The course is taught primarily during Maymester. (Either CLAS 250 or CLAS 255 may count toward the Classics major or Classics minor, but not both.) No prerequisite.

CLAS 285 Ancient Philosophy (VA)

Cross-listed as PHIL 285.

CLAS 290 Topics in Classical Literature (LS)

Focused study of aspects of Greek and Roman literature, sometimes including a consideration of the reception of Classical literature in later time periods. Topics vary by semester. No prerequisite.

CLAS 294 Topics in Classical History (HP)

Focused study of aspects of Greek and Roman history. Topics vary by semester. No prerequisite. Cross-listed as HIST 294.

CLAS 301 Greek Civilization (HP)

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.

CLAS 302 Roman Civilization (HP)

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.

CLAS 490 Special Topics in Classical Literature (LS, W2) [UR]

A seminar-based course involving the focused study of particular aspects of Greek and Roman literature, sometimes including a consideration of the reception of Classical literature in later time periods. Topics vary by semester. No prerequisite.

CLAS 495 Special Topics in Classical History (HP, W2)

A seminar-based course involving the focused study of particular aspects of Greek and Roman history. Topics vary by semester. No prerequisite.

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 (FL)

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

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 390 Topics in Greek Literature (LS)

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 410 Advanced Readings and Research in Greek Literature (LS, W2) [UR]

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.

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 (FL)

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

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 390 Topics in Latin Literature (LS)

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 395 The Vulgate (LS) [SP]

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 410 Advanced Readings and Research in Latin Literature (LS, W2) [UR]

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.