Classical Studies

Classical Studies


Changes effective Fall Term 2014

Rubarth Vander Poppen

The program in classical studies embodies a tradition in learning and human understanding that began in the ancient world and became the core of liberal arts education. It also reflects intellectual and methodological developments that make the field exciting and relevant today -- not only for majors and minors, but also for students fulfilling general education requirements. In addition to language classes, the program offers a broad selection of courses in literature, philosophy, history, theatre, art, and archaeology.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Ten (10) courses are required.

CORE COURSES

  • CLS 203 The Greeks and the Good Life
  • CLS 204 When in Rome: Identity and Empire in Ancient Rome

ELECTIVES
At least three (3) of the following, two (2) of which must be at the 300 level.

  • ARH 218 Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
  • ARH 236 Art and Archaeology of the Greek World
  • ARH 237 Art and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • ARH 315 Special Studies - Ancient Art
  • CLS 105 Ancient Rome in Contemporary Film and Media
  • CLS 232 Greek Mythology
  • CLS 305 Topics in Classical Studies
  • CLS 306 Topics in Classical Archaeology
  • CLS 321 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
  • CLS 322 Classical Religion: Paganism and the Death of the Gods
  • CLS 499 Independent Study
  • HIS 108 Ancient History
  • PHI 230 Greek Philosophy
  • POL 390 Ancient Political Theory
  • THE 241 Classical Theater

ANCIENT LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in an ancient language through the 202 (Intermediate II) level. To satisfy this requirement, students may take the Latin sequence. The Greek sequence will meet the requirement as well, but is offered on a tutorial basis only. Students with prior courses in Latin will be placed in the appropriate level according to the College's rules for foreign language credit. Students who have scored a four (4) or five (5) on the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam for Latin will receive one (1) elective course credit towards the major and will only be required to take a total of nine (9) courses and may not take LAT 101 for credit.

  • GRK 101/102 Introductory Greek (tutorial)
  • GRK 201 Intermediate Greek (tutorial)
  • GRK 202 Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry (tutorial)
  • GRK 391 Tutorial in Greek Literature (may be repeated)
  • LAT 101/102 Introductory Latin
  • LAT 201 Intermediate Latin
  • LAT 202 Readings In Latin Prose and Poetry
  • LAT 391 Tutorial In Latin Literature (may be repeated)

CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE
At least one (1) of the following.

  • CLS 450 Capstone Methods Seminar
  • Study Abroad
  • Archaeological Excavation
  • A Capstone Thesis (CLS 499) or Honors in the Major Field in Classical Studies

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Seven (7) courses are required.

CORE COURSES

  • CLS 203 The Greeks and the Good Life
  • CLS 204 When in Rome: Identity and Empire in Ancient Rome

ELECTIVES
At least two (2) of the following, one (1) of which must be at the 300 level.

  • ARH 218 Art and Archaeology of Egypt and the Near East
  • ARH 236 Art and Archaeology of the Greek World
  • ARH 237 Art and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
  • ARH 315 Special Studies - Ancient Art
  • CLS 105 Ancient Rome in Contemporary Film and Media
  • CLS 232 Greek Mythology
  • CLS 305 Topics in Classical Studies
  • CLS 306 Topics in Classical Archaeology
  • CLS 321 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
  • CLS 322 Classical Religion: Paganism and the Death of the Gods
  • CLS 499 Independent Study
  • HIS 108 Ancient History
  • PHI 230 Greek Philosophy
  • POL 390 Ancient Political Theory
  • THE 241 Classical Theater

ANCIENT LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in an ancient language through the 201 (Intermediate I) level. To satisfy this requirement, students may take the Latin sequence. The Greek sequence will meet the requirement as well, but is offered on a tutorial basis only. Students with prior courses in Latin will be placed in the appropriate level according to the College's rules for foreign language credit. Students who have scored a four (4) or five (5) on the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam for Latin will receive one (1) elective course credit towards the minor and will only be required to take a total of six (6) courses and may not take LAT 101 for credit.

  • GRK 101/102 Introductory Greek (tutorial)
  • GRK 201 Intermediate Greek (tutorial)
  • GRK 202 Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry (tutorial)
  • GRK 391 Tutorial in Greek Literature (may be repeated)
  • LAT 101/102 Introductory Latin
  • LAT 201 Intermediate Latin
  • LAT 202 Readings In Latin Prose and Poetry
  • LAT 391 Tutorial In Latin Literature (may be repeated)

 

Course of Study


CLS 105 Ancient Rome in Contemporary Film and Media:
Introduces Roman history, politics, and culture through film, television, and popular fiction. Examines how cinema and popular media affect our understanding of ancient Rome by contrasting primary sources and contemporary representations.

CLS 203 The Greeks and the Good Life: Provides an introduction to ancient Greek history and culture by examining the central question in Greek Moral theory: "What is the Good Life?" Course provides a foundation for further studies of ancient Greek literature, history, and philosophy.

CLS 204 When in Rome: Identity and Empire in Ancient Rome: An introduction to the history, literature, and culture of ancient Rome focusing on issues of changing identity from the foundation of the Roman state (8th century BC) to the conversion of the Empire to Christianity (4th century AD).

CLS 232 Greek Mythology: Plumbs content, structure, and function of myths in classical literature -- from depths of chaos to divine machinations to labors of heroes -- and examines them against background of ancient religion. Draws upon primary literary sources in translation supplemented by materials drawn from ancient art and archaeology and later retellings in literature and art. Recommended for nonmajors.

CLS 305 Topics in Classical Studies: Focuses on such interdisciplinary topics as roots of Western sexuality, Greek medicine, Roman law, and rise of Christianity. Suitable for upperclass nonmajors. May be repeated for credit.

CLS 306 Topics in Classical Archaeology: Approaches the classical world using the disciplines of archaeology, and art history. Courses will be geared toward exploring aspects of the Classical World through a topical lens such as urbanism, colonialism, slavery, food, or citizenship.

CLS 321 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity: Studies status of women in Greek and Roman world as context for discussion of misogyny, same-sex relations, and sexuality in literature, art, and religion. Assigns English translations of original sources and modern scholarly responses. Suitable for nonmajors.

CLS 322 Classical Religion: Paganism and the Death of the Gods: Examines religious thought of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, "mystery" religions, and radically new Christianity. Suitable for majors and nonmajors from history, religion, or philosophy.

CLS 450 Capstone Methods Seminar

CLS 499 Independent Study

GRK 101/102 Introductory Greek: Presents grammar and syntax of ancient Greek, Classical and New Testament. Aims for reading texts as soon as possible. Available as tutorial only.

GRK 201 Intermediate Greek: Reviews and strengthens grammar and syntax. Increases speed and facility in translating prose and poetry of Xenophon, Plato, and Euripides. Prerequisite: GRK 102 or equivalent (see instructor). Available as tutorial only.

GRK 202 Readings in Greek Prose and Poetry: Focuses on translation and understanding of cultural and literary backgrounds of authors. Changes yearly. Prerequisite: consent. Available as tutorial only.

GRK 391 Tutorial in Greek Literature: Discusses readings chosen by students and instructor. Prerequisite: consent.

LAT 101/102 Introductory Latin: Emphasizes grammar, syntax, and translation of simple prose through oral and written exercises. Connects Latin roots to English words and introduces historical and cultural aspects of Roman civilization.

LAT 201 Intermediate Latin: Reviews grammar and syntax while expanding reading comprehension and speed and facility in translation. Prerequisite: LAT 102 or two to three years of high school Latin (see instructor).

LAT 202 Readings in Latin Prose and Poetry: Focuses on translation and understanding of cultural and literary backgrounds of authors. Changes yearly. Prerequisite: LAT 201 or consent.

LAT 391 Tutorial in Latin Literature: Discusses readings chosen by students and instructor. Prerequisite: consent.