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Classics (CL)

Professor:  T. R. Nevin; Associate Professor:  G. Compton-Engle

Courses in classical studies are offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. (For general information about the department, see page 167.)  The department offers major programs in classical languages and classical studies, as well as optional minors and a variety of individual courses that may be used to fulfill Core requirements or taken as electives.  For courses in Latin, see page 250; for courses in Greek, see page 227.

The study of Latin and Greek culture provides students with a better understanding of the roots of their own culture, which has been strongly influenced by Roman and Greek art, medicine, law, and religion. The pursuit of Latin and Greek language skills not only provides the broadening experience which comes from learning how to think and express oneself in another language, but also can be a great aid to building vocabulary and language skills in English.  Majors in classical languages have gone on to successful careers in such diverse areas as teaching, law, banking, library science, diplomatic service, and business.

Students of almost any major may earn the Bachelor of Arts in classics (B.A.Cl.) by completing four Latin courses beginning at the 200 level.

Students seeking licensure for secondary school teaching should consider the possibility of using electives so as to become licensed in a second field.  Students are reminded that the equivalent of at least 30 semester hours of credit in Latin or Greek is required for teaching licensure.

Any single language course may be taken as an elective and count toward graduation.  Two courses in language skills are needed for fulfillment of the language Core requirement.

Courses with the CL designation are offered in English for students with an interest in classical culture but no knowledge of Greek or Latin.  These courses also may be used for Core requirements.  There are no prerequisites for any CL course.  All CL courses are taught in English.

The department also offers a track in classical languages for the Master of Arts degree in humanities.  Degree requirements and course descriptions are published in The Graduate Studies Bulletin.

Major and Minor Requirements

Major in Classics:  33 credit hours.

Classical Languages track:  Nine 3-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level, including LT/GK 301, 490, 491, and one other 300-level language course; CL 301 or 302; and another CL course. A comprehensive examination is required.

Classical Studies track:  Six 3-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level, plus CL 220; two of the following:  CL 301, CL 302, AH 317, or another approved CL, HS, or AH course; two of the following:  PL 210, RL 205, or another approved PL or RL course.  At least nine credits must be at the 300 level or above.

Minor in Greek or Latin:  18 hours. Six GK or LT courses.  Two CL courses may be substituted with permission of the department.

Minor in Classical Studies:  18 hours. Six CL courses.  Two GK or two LT courses at any level may be substituted with permission of the department.

191-192. BEGINNING SUPERVISED STUDY 3 cr. each.  Supervised independent study at the beginning level.
199. SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 cr.  Topics to be selected by instructor and announced in the class schedule.  Only a 3-credit course may apply to the Core.
210. WORD POWER THROUGH THE CLASSICS 3 cr. Focus on the Greek and Latin roots of the English language.  Special emphasis on legal, medical, and scientific terminology.
220. CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY 3 cr.  Introduction to the myths of Greece and Rome.  Special attention to ancient conceptions of the gods, the nature of the hero, functions of myth, and modern retellings of classical myth.
222. THE CLASSICAL WORLD IN FILM 3 cr.  The representation of Greek and Roman culture in film.  A study of films, both masterworks and travesties, in relation to the classical texts that have inspired them.
230. HISTORY OF ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY (PL 210) 3 cr. Ancient Greek philosophical thought, with major emphasis on the works of Plato and Aristotle.
240. CLASSICAL EPIC IN ENGLISH 3 cr. The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, the Aeneid of Vergil, and other classical epic poems.  Oral and literary epic, romantic epic, and historical epic; their development and characteristics.
250. CLASSICAL DRAMA IN ENGLISH 3 cr.  Greek and Roman comedy and tragedy, with special attention paid to the tragic and comic hero, staging, and the role of performance within Greek and Roman culture.
260. CLASSICAL SATIRE IN ENGLISH 3 cr.  Readings from such authors as Horace, Juvenal, Persius, and Petronius, who cast a critical eye on Rome and its vices.
290. WOMEN IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME 3 cr.  Representation of women in ancient literature and art.  An examination of both fictional and real women (e.g., Medea, Cleopatra), and the everyday details of anonymous women’s lives.
291-292. INTERMEDIATE SUPERVISED STUDY 3 cr. each.  Supervised independent study.
299. SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance.
301. ANCIENT GREEK HISTORY 3 cr.  Greek history from the Minoan period through the zenith of Athenian democracy, to the conquests of Alexander and eventual incorporation into the Roman empire.  Special emphasis on Greek cultural achievements.
302.  ROMAN HISTORY 3 cr.  History of Rome from its humble beginning, through the Roman Republic, to the creation and collapse of the Roman empire.  Attention paid to all aspects of Roman life, from family and social structure to political institutions.
303. PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE (PL 303) 3 cr.  Implications of linguistic experience beginning with a survey of the main historical approaches to the meaning of language.  Consideration of special problems such as sense and reference; thought and language; sign, symbol, and metaphor; linguistics and logic.
399. SPECIAL TOPICS 3 cr.  Occasional course on a selected topic announced in advance.

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