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Classics

Director: Marsilio

Assistant Professor: Nikoloutsos

Mission and Objectives

The Classics Program aims to be a model for visionary, interdisciplinary thinking, offering courses that serve the needs of multiple academic departments as well as the new General Education Program. The mission of the Classics Program is to offer courses in ancient languages including Greek, Latin and Hebrew, biblical texts, and ancient history. We offer a major in Ancient Studies in two concentrations. The Classics concentration will combine courses in intermediate/upper level Latin and Greek language and literature, Classical literature in translation, Hebrew language, Bible and religious studies, ancient history of the Mediterranean and Near East, and ancient material culture. As such, it will prepare students for secondary school teaching in Latin but it will also better prepare students for graduate study in Classical Studies and Classical Archaeology. A second concentration in Ancient Cultures is interdisciplinary and flexible to allow specialization in a variety of areas that complement existing programs (e.g., Classics, Ancient Near East, Bible, Ancient History, Archaeology). We also offer minors in Ancient Studies, Classical Humanities, and Latin. Our courses in ancient language, literature, and civilization complement courses in other disciplines so that students may combine their Latin major with a second major in English, fine and performing arts, history, languages, psychology, theology, philosophy, and elementary education.

The Classics program offers courses from the elementary to advanced levels of Latin and Greek language and literature. The program serves its majors and minors by offering a full range of advanced level Latin and Greek courses covering the works of major Latin and Greek authors and literary genres. These courses feature comprehensive exploration of Greek and Latin language and of classical society and culture and are designed to prepare majors and minors for graduate study in Classics. Our elementary and intermediate level Latin and Greek courses may be taken as prerequisite courses for advanced work in the languages, and they may also be taken to fulfill the non-native language general education program requirement. All Latin and Greek courses enable students to explore a wide variety of supplementary materials that focus upon mythology, religion, literacy and education, and political and social history.

We also offer courses in ancient culture and civilization, including Classical Mythology, Classical Epic, Classical Tragedy, Ancient Medicine, and survey courses in Art & Archaeology of Greece and Rome along with specialized topics in Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Etruscans, and the Phoenicians. We offer two Honors courses that focus on Greece and Rome: Golden Age of Rome and Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World. Knowledge of Greek and Latin are not required for any of these civilization courses, which may be taken to fulfill requirements for the major or minor, to fulfill the Art/Literature GER/GEP, or as free electives. These courses are interdisciplinary and stress connections with other disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, theology, gender studies, and the social and natural sciences.