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Requirements for the Major in Classical Civilization: Eight courses totaling 24 hours in addition to CLST 383 and 384, which are to be taken in the senior year. The course materials for this major are presented in English. It is recommended (but not required) that the courses selected for this major concentrate on an area such as literature, art and archaeology, or culture. (CLST 101, 102, 131 and 267 do not count toward this major.)

  Courses Credit Hrs.
Classical Studies 383, 384, eight elective courses 10 30
English 105 and 106 2 6
Foreign language 2 6
History core 2 6
Literature core 0-3 0-9
Mathematics core 1 3
Philosophy core 3 9
Theology core 3 9
Natural science core 3 9
Social science core 2 6
Communicative/expressive arts core 1 3
Electives to complete 128 credit hours variable 32-41
TOTAL 128  

Requirements for the Minor in Classical Civilization: Six courses totaling 18 hours. It is recommended (but not required) that the courses selected for this minor concentrate on an area such as literature, art and archaeology, or culture. (CLST 383 and 384 may count toward this minor, but not CLST 101, 102, 131 or 267.)


(All courses are 3 credit hours each.)

101. Introduction to Classical
Hebrew I. (THEO 308)

102. Introduction to Classical Hebrew II. (THEO 309)

131. English Use of Latin and Greek.
Intensive study of word derivation through analysis of Latin and Greek elements in English.

267. Medical Terminology.
Prerequisite: one science course.
A study of terminology relating to the sciences and, most specifically, to the medical field. Emphasis on basic terms derived from Latin and Greek roots.

271. Classical Mythology.
The traditional stories of Greece and Rome in their cultural context; their sources, nature, and applications to literature and art.

272. Heroes and Classical Epics.
Oral and literary epics including the works of Homer and Vergil; the role of the hero in society; development and interpretation of the heroic story.

273. Classical Tragedy.
Plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides; origin and development of classical drama; tragic themes including familial relationships, political structure, divine authority.

274. Literature of Archaic Greece.
Surveys Greek literature from c. 700 B.C.E. to c. 470 B.C.E. Selections from Homeric Hymns, Hesiodic corpus, lyric poets, pre-Socratic philosophers.

275. The Golden Age of Athens.
A survey of classical Greek literature viewed in connection with its political, cultural and intellectual climate.

276. The Golden Age of Rome (ROST 276).
A survey of Roman literature from the first centuries B.C.E. and C.E.; the relation of literature to history and culture.

277. The World of Late Antiquity.
A survey of Greek and Latin literature of the later Roman Empire, against the background of the reinvention of the Roman empire between the late third and early fifth centuries, C.E.

280. The Romance Novel in the Ancient World.
The prose romance narratives of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The origins of the novel and its relation in antiquity to comedy, tragedy, and epic. The role of popular fiction in the literary canon and in society.

283. Classical Comedy and Satire.
The comic spirit of the ancient world; readings of Aristophanes and Roman comedy; Greek and Roman satire; Horace, Juvenal, and Petronius.

295. Women in Antiquity. (WOST 295)
The status and roles of women in ancient Greek and Roman society; readings from classical authors from Homer through the Roman Empire.

304. History of Ancient Philosophy. (PHIL 304)

305. Ancient Political Thought. (PLSC 304)

306. Introduction to Greek Art. (FNAR 336)
Historical survey of the main achievements and stylistic qualities of ancient Greek architecture, sculpture, pottery, painting, mosaics, and minor arts, richly illustrated with slides; analysis of factors influencing development of styles and movements.

307. Introduction to Etruscan and Roman Art. (FNAR 337) (ROST 307)
Historical survey of the main achievements and stylistic qualities of architecture, sculpture, pottery, painting, mosaics, and metal work among the Etruscans and Romans (in Italy and around the Empire); interrelations and influences, especially from Greek art; richly illustrated with slides of representative art works.

308. A History of Rome to Constantine. (HIST 308) (ROST 308)
The earliest Apennine civilizations; the Etruscans, the foundation and the rise of Rome; libera res publica, the Principate and Empire.

309. Greece to Alexander the Great. (HIST 307)

334. Introduction to Classical Archaeology. (ANTH 334)
Problems and procedures of archaeological investigation of Graeco-Roman antiquity. Main explorations and achievements in the recovery of classical monuments and brief history of classical archaeology’s development; detailed study with many slides of several key sites and their excavations and reconstruction.

340. Classical Archaeology: Greek Temple. (ANTH 340) (RCS 340)

362. Roman Law. (PLSC 371) (ROST 362)
An introduction to the general principles and basic concepts of Roman civil law (law of persons, property, obligations, family, inheritance, and civil procedure) with emphasis upon the Late Republican-Early Imperial period.

371. Ancient Greek and Roman Religion. (RCS 371)
An introduction to the religion of the ancient Greeks and Romans from Mycenaean times to the death of Marcus Aurelius.

375. The Archaeology of Early Greece. (ANTH 375)
A survey of archaeological research in Greece, covering the period from the Palaeolithic through the Early Iron Ages (to c. 700 B.C.E.).

378. Sport in Ancient Greece and Rome. (PHED 202)
Practice of and attitudes toward athletics; its educational, philosophical, and political role in culture from Homeric times through the Roman Empire; written, artistic and archaeological evidence.

381. Directed Study.
An extensive and in-depth study of a selected author or topic under direction of a faculty member.

383. The Humanism of Antiquity I.
Prerequisites: major or minor in Latin, Greek or classical civilization, and senior status.
Extensive readings of pertinent classical authors from Homer to Plato in translation. Their views on the nature of the human individual and the relationship of the human to the world, both material and spiritual. Emphasis on developmental aspects of humanistic belief.

384. The Humanism of Antiquity II.
Extensive readings of pertinent classical authors from early Rome to the High Empire. Continuation of 383.

388. Readings in Classical Backgrounds I.

389. Readings in Classical Backgrounds II.

390. Fieldwork in Greek Sites and Museums.
On-site and museum study of Greek art, monuments, and topography.

391. Topics in Comparative Literature. (ENGL 391) (LITR 391)

395. Topography of Rome. (ROST 395)
History of the buildings and monuments of the city of Rome from its beginning to the time of Constantine. Illustrated lectures and, when taught in Rome, on-site inspection.

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