Classics Majors and Minors
Classics offers two Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degrees.
Classics is the study of the languages, literature, physical remains, society and culture, and history of Graeco-Romanmcivilization.
The study of Classics aspires to enlarge, preserve, and transmit a precise and detailed knowledge and understanding of the ancient civilizations which continue to exert a central influence on modern society. Since it involves the study of entire cultures, Classics, by its very nature, requires an interdisciplinary body of knowledge and the rigorous application of several investigative methodologies.
To complete the A.B. degree in classical humanities, completion of the intermediate level of either Latin or Greek is required, to which six credits of work beyond the intermediate level are added. The degree candidate selects an additional eighteen hours from among courses in classical humanities, which include archaeology, ancient art, culture, history, mythology and literature in translation. The A.B. degree in classical humanities is designed to give students breadth rather than specialization by focusing more on culture than literature.
There are also two minors.
- From Homer to Plato
This course provides an understanding of the development of ancient Greek culture and history by examining the values, customs, institutions, and major historical events that shaped the Greek world, in particular Athens and Sparta, through primary and secondary source readings. An important goal is togain insight into the Greek origins of key social, political, and cultural ideas and concepts that have contributed to the formation of Western civilization.
- The Dead Sea Scrolls
To introduce undergraduates to the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS), their history, their (mis-?) representation in the popular media, the scandal surrounding them, what English translations of them are available, and what is currently being done with them.
- World Mythology
The western tradition will be examined through in-depth comparative studies of classical mythology with the mythologies of the world (myths from but not limited to Asia, Central, South, and North America, Africa, the Near East, and Polynesia). This course emphasizes understanding mythologies as symbolic cultural systems expressing societal values.
- Women in Antiquity
A multi-media study of the lives of Greek and Roman women and minorities organized around topics and issues of contemporary interest.