Degree Essentials

Classics

Faculty

Professor Timothy Hofmeister, Chair

Professor Timothy P. Hofmeister; Associate Professor Garrett Jacobsen; Assistant Professor Rebecca Kennedy; Academic Administrative Assistant Becky Woods

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

The Department of Classics offers courses in the languages and culture of classical antiquity. The curriculum focuses on traditional elements of classical philology in Greek and Latin, but at the same time, through the study of major classical authors and literary genres, students are introduced to the intellectual, social, and cultural milieu of classical antiquity. As a discipline with a long tradition in the liberal arts, we encourage interdisciplinary approaches to understanding, and we emphasize the development of analytical skills applicable in universal situations. From the Homeric world of gods and heroes to the politics and society of Imperial Rome, students become engaged with a civilization both familiar and alien, as they confront the continuities and discontinuities of western society. The department offers majors and minors in Classics (CLAS) ancient Greek (GRK), and in Latin (LAT).

BA Degree in Classics

The major in Classics (CLAS) is the traditional study of both classical languages, ancient Greek (GRK) and Latin (LAT). By studying both ancient Greek and Latin, students attain a more sophisticated comprehension of the Greco-Roman civilization which dominated the Mediterranean world of classical antiquity and then ultimately shaped the development and nature of modern western society. This major also gives the necessary preparation for graduate study in Classics, including the doctoral degree. To major in Classics, students must complete 32 credits in ancient Greek (GRK) and Latin (LAT), with a minimum of 12 credits in either ancient Greek (GRK) or Latin (LAT), 8 credits CLAS 201 and CLAS 202, or CLAS 301 (with appropriate topic as substitute for Ancient Greece and/or Ancient Rome), a minimum of 4 credits in Senior Research (CLAS 451-452), and the 1 credit Senior Classics Symposium (CLAS 440), including the Senior Comprehensive Examination. These courses do not require proficiency in either Greek or Latin. All readings are in English.

Minor in Classics

To minor in Classics, a student must complete 20 credits in ancient Greek (GRK) or Latin (LAT), with a minimum of 8 credits in either Greek (GRK) or Latin (LAT), 8 credits CLAS 201 and CLAS 202, or CLAS 301 (with appropriate topic as substitute for Ancient Greece and/or Ancient Rome). These courses do not require proficiency in either Greek or Latin. All readings are in English.

BA degree in Greek

The major in ancient Greek (GRK) provides students with the skills and knowledge to read a variety of authors and genres, from Homeric Greek to the 'koine' of the New Testament. In addition to elementary and intermediate ancient Greek courses that may fulfill the General Education requirement in Foreign Languages, the curriculum focuses on the major authors and genres of ancient Greek literature, especially those of fifth century and fourth century BCE Athens. The 300 level seminars include the study of literature as a lens for understanding Hellenic culture, incorporating the concepts and methods of modern critical theory. The major in Greek will enable students to pursue post-undergraduate study in ancient Greek. However, those who are interested in a doctoral degree in Classics should be aware that undergraduate preparation must include the study of Latin beyond the elementary and intermediate levels. To major in ancient Greek, students must complete 24 credits in ancient Greek (GRK), 8 credits in Latin (LAT), 4 credits of either CLAS 201 or CLAS 301 (a topic related to Ancient Greece), a minimum of 4 credits of Senior Research (GRK 451-452), and the 1 credit Senior Classics Symposium (CLAS 440), including the Senior Comprehensive Examination.

Minor in Greek

To minor in ancient Greek, students must complete 20 credits in ancient Greek (GRK), and 4 credits of either CLAS 201 or CLAS 301 (a topic related to Ancient Greece)

Course Offerings in Ancient Greek

Please consult Greek (GRK) section for course descriptions: Greek 111, 112, 211, 301, 302, 311, 312, 322, 331, 332, 341, 361-362, 363-364, 451-452, 461-462

BA degree in Latin

The major in Latin (LAT) ideally enables a student to read fluently the language of ancient Rome and of authors and scholars from antiquity to the Renaissance. In addition to the elementary and intermediate Latin sequence that may fulfill the General Education requirement in Foreign Languages, the curriculum provides courses on the major authors and genres of Latin literature from Roman comedy to Silver Age poetry. Advanced courses are conducted as seminars, and students read significant works in Latin, as well as examining the appropriate historical and cultural contexts and relevant critical theories. The major in Latin will fully prepare students to teach the language at the secondary level, and it will provide the necessary foundation for post-undergraduate study of Latin. Students, however, who are interested in a doctoral degree in Classics, should be aware that undergraduate preparation must include a commensurate amount of study in ancient Greek. To major in Latin, students must complete 24 credits in Latin (LAT), 8 credits in ancient Greek (GRK), 4 credits of either CLAS 202 or CLAS 301 (a topic related to Ancient Rome), a minimum of 4 credits of Senior Research (LAT 451-452), and the 1 credit Senior Classics Symposium (CLAS 440), including the Senior Comprehensive Examination.

Minor in Latin

To minor in Latin, students must complete 20 credits in Latin (LAT), and 4 credits of either CLAS 202 or CLAS 301 (a topic related to Ancient Rome).

Course Offerings in Latin

Please consult Latin (LAT) section for course descriptions.

Latin 111, 112, 211, 301, 302, 311, 312, 322, 331, 332, 341, 361-362, 363-364, 451-452, 461-462