Courses

The wide scope of Classics and its emphasis on study, analysis, and critical thinking makes the field an excellent preparation for a wide range of professions. Recent graduates are pursuing a variety of careers including academia, law, medicine, journalism, consulting, teaching, and public service.  Here is what the Princeton Review had to say about the study of Classics:

"Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all under-graduates... Ultimately, though, Classics majors get on well in life because they develop intellectual rigor, communication skills, analytical skills, the ability to handle complex information, and, above all, a breadth of view which few other disciplines can provide." - PRINCETON REVIEW

The Classics Department offers a Major in either Greek or Latin, or both ancient languages together, as well as courses of interest to all students.

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Classics Courses 

Winter 2019

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Classical Mythology

CLAS 201 - Crotty, Kevin M.

An introduction to the study of Greek mythology, with an emphasis on the primary sources. The myths are presented in their historical, religious, and political contexts. The course also includes an introduction to several major theories of myth, and uses comparative materials drawn from contemporary society and media.

Sex, Gender and Power in Ancient Literature

CLAS 210 - Dance, Caleb M.

What does it mean to be a woman or a man and what power dynamic exists between the two genders? Definitions of gender and gender roles are not a modern phenomenon but have their origins in antiquity. Both literary and visual sources reveal to us the constant puzzling over issues of gender that preoccupied the ancient Greeks and Romans. In this course, we examine sources from various genres and media for example, philosophy, epic, drama, poetry, history, painting, and sculpture in an attempt to understand the various ways the Greeks and Romans conceived of gender. Readings include primary sources from antiquity (e.g., Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, Plato, Terence, Cicero, Livy), as well as secondary sources from modern scholarship on gender in antiquity.

Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Crotty, Kevin M.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Dance, Caleb M.

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Honors Thesis.

Fall 2018

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Directed Individual Study

CLAS 403 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Dance, Caleb M.

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

CLAS 493 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Honors Thesis.

Spring 2018

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Topics in Classical Civilization

CLAS 295 - Hagen, Adrienne M.

Selected subject areas in classical civilization. The topic selected varies from year to year. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2018, CLAS 295-01: Nature and the Environment in Antiquity (3). How did people in the ancient world conceive of nature from a philosophical, religious, and scientific standpoint? What attitudes did they hold towards animals and other forms of life? How did they shape the world around them through practices such as agriculture, mining, water management, and deforestation? Did they share our modern concerns about the use and conservation of natural spaces? Students in this course investigate these questions using literature, art, and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean world (primarily Greece and Rome) as well as works by contemporary scholars. Readings are in English, with the opportunity to read portions of some texts in Greek or Latin, if desired, by students with prior knowledge of these languages. (HU) Hagen.

Latin Courses

Winter 2019

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Elementary Latin

LATN 102 - Dance, Caleb M.

A continuation of the materials and methods in LATN 101 with emphasis on syntax.

LATN 200 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Introduction to Verse

LATN 202 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

Introduction to Verse

LATN 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

Introduction to the language, meter, and style of Latin verse with readings from Horace, Ovid, Virgil, and Propertius.

The Poetry of Ovid

LATN 326 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Readings from the masterpieces of Ovid's poetry, including one or more of the following: The Metamorphoses (a grand mythological epic), The Fasti (festivals and the Roman calendar), The Heroides (fictional letters written by mythological heroines, Ars Amatoria and Amores (love poetry) and Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto (his poetry from exile). Topic varies by term but course may be taken only once.

Directed Individual Study

LATN 401 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2018

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Elementary Latin

LATN 101 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

Study of Latin declensional patterns and sentence formation.

Republican Prose

LATN 201 - Dance, Caleb M.

Reading selections from some or all of the following: Cato, Nepos, Cicero, Caesar, Sallust, and Varro. Emphasis on style and syntax, along with the political and social background of the later Republican period.

Advanced Prose

LATN 301 - Dance, Caleb M.

Selections from among Cicero, Sallust, Livy, Seneca, and Quintilian.

Letters of Cicero and Pliny

LATN 310 - Benefiel, Rebecca R.

This course examines different styles and purposes of letter writing in the Roman world, focusing on the historically revealing letters of Cicero and Pliny, but also including samples from the Epistles of Horace and Seneca, as well as a few "fictional" letters by Ovid.

Spring 2018

We do not offer any courses this term.


Greek Courses

Winter 2019

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 102 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

A continuation of GR 101. Further work on grammar and vocabulary and an introduction to some simple Greek prose.

Homer

GR 202 - Crotty, Kevin M.

An introduction to the language of Homer and to the Greek oral and written tradition; a reading of the Iliad or the Odyssey in Greek and in translation.

Directed Individual Study

GR 401 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor and if the topics are different.

Fall 2018

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Elementary Ancient Greek

GR 101 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

An introduction to ancient Greek. The course focuses on the essentials of Greek grammar and vocabulary and offers an overview of some aspects of Greek culture.

Intermediate Ancient Greek

GR 201 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Readings in Greek prose.

The Greek Philosophers

GR 302 - Laughy, Michael H., Jr.

Readings in Greek and English from the corpus of Greek philosophical works, including the pre-Socratic fragments, Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics and Epicureans. Fall 2018 topic: Socrates.

Spring 2018

We do not offer any courses this term.