Daniel B. Levine
Chair of Studies
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Classical Studies Website 

The Classical Studies Program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program also offers a minor in classical studies.

Classical studies are the oldest discipline in the humanities and will teach you a lot about why our world is the way it is. Based on the Greek and Latin literature, the Classics remain essential to many fields in the liberal arts, including the study of ancient art, architecture, history, mythology, and philosophy. Based on Greek and Latin literature, the program draws faculty from five different departments. In addition to Greek and Latin, courses are offered on various aspects of classical civilization. Study abroad options in Greek and Italy are available.

Requirements for a Major in Classical Studies: In addition to the University Core requirements and the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, the following departmental and major course requirements must be met. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University Core requirements.

CLST 1003Introduction to Classical Studies: Greece3
CLST 1013Introduction to Classical Studies: Rome3
6 Hours of Humanities to be fulfilled by:6
Introduction to Philosophy (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1103)
World Literature I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2113)
World Civilization (Social Sciences) to be fulfilled by:6
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1113)
and Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123) 1,2
Students should also complete appropriate courses from the following:
15 hours of Ancient Greek or 15 hours of Latin. 15
18 hours of additional work in classical languages and/or specific classical studies-related electives, to be selected from the following courses: 318
History of Architecture I
Ancient Art (prerequisite ARHS 2913 Art History Survey I)
Medieval Art (prerequisite ARHS 2913 Art History Survey I)
Greek and Roman Mythology
Democratic Athens
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
Roman Republic
Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Late Middle Ages
Ancient Greek Philosophy (prerequisite 3 hours of philosophy)
Platonism and Origin of Christian Theology (prerequisite 3 hours of philosophy)
Medieval Philosophy
3 Hours of Classical Studies Colloquium3
Honors Classical Studies Colloquium
Total Hours54

Classical Studies B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
Select one of the following:3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (If Required)
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203)
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)
GREK 1003 Elementary Ancient Greek I*
or LATN 1003 Elementary Latin I
3  
if no high school ancient Greek or Latin was taken
U.S. History University/State Core Requirement3  
CLST 1003 Introduction to Classical Studies: Greece ((recommended) or other approved Classical Studies/Language Elective)3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
WLIT 1113 World Literature I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 2113)  3
GREK 1013 Elementary Ancient Greek II
or LATN 1013 Elementary Latin II
  3
CLST 1013 Introduction to Classical Studies: Rome ((recommended) or other approved classical studies/language elective)  3
Non-HIST Social Science University/State Core Requirement  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
GREK 2003 Intermediate Ancient Greek I
or LATN 2003 Petronius' Satyricon
3  
Select one of the following:3  
GREK 1003 Elementary Ancient Greek I*
LATN 1003 Elementary Latin I*
General Elective
HIST 1113 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1113)3  
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy (ACTS Equivalency = PHIL 1103)3  
Fine Arts university/state core requirement3  
GREK 2013 Homer
or LATN 2013 Catullus
  3
Select one of the following:  3
GREK 1013 Elementary Ancient Greek II
LATN 1013 Elementary Latin II
General Elective
Advanced Level Elective1  3
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab Requirement  4
HIST 1123 Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations II (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1123)  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
GREK or LATN Advanced Language1,23  
Select one of the following:3  
GREK 2003 Intermediate Ancient Greek I
LATN 2003 Petronius' Satyricon
General Elective
Advanced Level Elective13  
Select one of the following:3  
ARHS 2913 Art History Survey I (ACTS Equivalency = ARTA 2003)
General Elective
General Electives3  
Select one of the following:  3
GREK 2013 Homer
LATN 2013 Catullus
General Elective
Classical Studies Elective1,2  3
Select one of the following:  3
CLST 4003H Honors Classical Studies Colloquium1,2
Upper-level Classical Studies Elective1,2
General Elective  3
Science University/State Core Lecture w/ Corequisite Lab Requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Classical Studies Elective1,23  
Classical Studies Elective1,23  
Advanced Level Elective13  
General Electives6  
Classical Studies Elective1,2  3
Classical Studies Elective1,2  3
CLST 4003H Honors Classical Studies Colloquium (if needed)1,2  3
or Classical Studies Elective1,2
Upper-Level ARSC Elective1,2  3
General Electives (as needed to total 120 degree credit hours)  1
Year Total: 15 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for a Minor in Classical Studies:

Students should select appropriate courses from the following areas:

1. 9 hours of Ancient Greek or Latin courses numbered above 2000,
2. 6 hours of additional work in classical languages and/or specific classical studies-related electives, to be selected from the following courses:
History of Architecture I
Ancient Art
Medieval Art
Introduction to Classical Studies: Greece
Introduction to Classical Studies: Rome
Greek and Roman Mythology
Democratic Athens
Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
Roman Republic
Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Late Middle Ages
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Platonism and Origin of Christian Theology
Medieval Philosophy
3. Three hours of a classical studies colloquium (CLST 4003H).

Requirements for Honors in Classical Studies: The Honors Program in Classical Studies gives students of high ability the opportunity to strengthen their study of classics by intensifying their experience with ancient languages and cultures.

In addition to the requirements for graduation with a major in classical studies and the general college requirements for a B.A. degree, honors candidates in classical studies must

  1. Be accepted as honors candidates by the Classical Studies Committee,
  2. Complete at least three semesters in a second classical language,
  3. Enroll in at least two 1-hour units of CLST 399VH and pursue independent-study topics under the guidance of classical studies faculty,
  4. Enroll for two hours of CLST 399VH and write an honors thesis, and
  5. Defend and discuss their entire honors program in an oral examination.

Successful completion of the requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction “Classical Studies Scholar Cum Laude” at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Faculty

Coon, Lynda L., Ph.D., M.A. (University of Virginia), B.A. (James Madison University), Professor, Department of History, 1990.
Fredrick, David Charles, Ph.D. (University of Southern California), M.A., B.A. (University of Kansas), Associate Professor, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 1991.
Levine, Daniel, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati), B.A. (University of Minnesota), University Professor, Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 1980.
Maksymchuk, Oksana, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), B.A. (Bryn Mawr College), Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, 2013.
Muntz, Charles E., Ph.D. (Duke University), B.A. (Swarthmore College), Associate Professor, Department of History, 2008.

Courses

CLST 1003. Introduction to Classical Studies: Greece. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the world of Ancient Greece, from the Trojan War to Alexander the Great. Progresses chronologically, focusing on the literary, artistic, political, and philosophical ideas of the Greeks. Who were they and how are we like them?

CLST 1003H. Honors Introduction to Classical Studies: Greece. 3 Hours.

Honors. Prerequisite: Honors candidacy.
This course is equivalent to CLST 1003.

CLST 1013. Introduction to Classical Studies: Rome. 3 Hours.

A multi-faceted introduction to Roman culture, focusing on the literature, philosophy, architecture, history, art and archeology. Source material to be read in English. Lectures liberally illustrated with slides.

CLST 1013H. Honors Introduction to Classical Studies: Rome. 3 Hours.

Honors introduction to Classical Studies: Rome.
This course is equivalent to CLST 1013.

CLST 2323. Greek and Roman Mythology. 3 Hours.

A study of the stories, figures, and motifs in the mythology of Greece and Rome. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023.

CLST 3003. Special Topics in Classical Studies. 3 Hours.

Close examination of subject matter not presented in regularly offered CLST courses. May be repeated for different topics. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

CLST 3003H. Honors Special Topics in Classical Studies. 3 Hours.

Close examination of subject matter not presented in regularly offered CLST courses. May be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: Honors standing. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to CLST 3003.

CLST 399VH. Honors Course Classical Studies. 1-6 Hour.

CLST honors thesis projects or CLST honors study abroad programs. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CLST 4003H. Honors Classical Studies Colloquium. 3 Hours.

Covers a special topic or issue in classical studies. Appropriate for honors program students and students pursuing classical studies. May be repeated when the content is changed. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

CLST 4413. Greek Art and Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Greek Art and Archaeology focuses on how visual and material culture shaped and were shaped by Greek society (religion, politics, military, economy, gender, etc.) from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Masterpieces of Greek art are analyzed alongside the material remains of everyday Greeks in civic and domestic spaces.
This course is cross-listed with ARHS 4413.

CLST 4413H. Honors Greek Art and Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Greek Art and Archaeology focuses on how visual and material culture shaped and were shaped by Greek society (religion, politics, military, economy, gender, etc.) from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Masterpieces of Greek art are analyzed alongside the material remains of everyday Greeks in civic and domestic spaces.
This course is cross-listed with CLST 4413, ARHS 4413.

CLST 4423. Roman Art and Archaeology. 3 Hours.

Roman Art and Archaeology focuses on how visual and material culture shaped and were shaped by Roman society (religion, politics, economy, gender, ethnicity, etc.) from the Iron Age through the Late Antique period. We encounter famous masterpieces, but also the material remains of everyday Romans in civic and domestic spaces.
This course is cross-listed with ARHS 4423.