Professor Timothy Hofmeister, Chair
Associate Professor Garrett Jacobsen; Professor Timothy P. Hofmeister, 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 ancient Greek (GRK), Latin (LAT), and in Classics (CLAS).
B.A. 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)
Senior Classics Symposium (CLAS 440) and Comprehensive Examination
The Department of Classics requires all majors (GRK, LAT, or CLAS) to pass a Senior Comprehensive Examination. This is a written and oral examination administered by the staff of the department, and it is completed in conjunction with the Senior Classics Symposium (CLAS 440). In preparation for the examination, students will meet in a seminar taught by the staff, completing a syllabus of readings as the basis for a comprehensive examination on the literature, history, and culture of classical antiquity. This examination will also include a translation section, individualized according to each student's major language (GRK or LAT) or languages (CLAS). Students will also share the progress and results of Senior Research projects within the Senior Classics Symposium