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CLASSICAL STUDIES (CLA)
Achim Kopp, Director/Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
 
The Classical Studies major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the classics. Successful completion of the CLA major leads to a B.A. degree. The program combines a linguistic focus (on Latin) with extensive training in a variety of disciplines pertaining to Greek and Roman antiquity. Students will be able to choose from courses in ancient art, classical literature, ancient history, ancient philosophy, and related fields. This major helps prepare students for graduate study of classics, ancient history, archaeology, and museum studies. Study-abroad opportunities in Classical Studies are available through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
LAT 111, 112, and 251 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the Latin placement exam.
Major in Classical Studies
42 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement, provided that 21 of the total hours in the major are at the 300-level or above.
LAT 111. Beginning Latin I
LAT 112. Beginning Latin II
LAT 251. Intermediate Latin
Nine additional hours in LAT courses numbered 300 or above.
Three of the following pairs of courses:
Ancient Art:
ART 106. History of Art I
ART 361. Classicism and Art History
Classical Literature:
CLA 101. Epic, Lyric, and Tragedy
CLA 102. Comedy and Satire
Ancient History:
HIS 201. The Ancient Mediterranean
HIS 302. Ancient Rome, from Italy to Empire
Ancient Philosophy:
PHI 311. History of Philosophy I: Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHI 312. Hellenistic and Early Medieval Philosophy
Two courses from:
ANT 354. Cultural Archaeology (if the studied cultures include classical cultures)
CLA 153S. Classical Study Abroad (3 hours minimum)*
CLA 198. Special Introductory Topics in Classical Studies (3 hours minimum)*
CLA 253S. Classical Study Abroad (3 hours minimum)*
GRK 111. Beginning Greek I
GRK 112. Beginning Greek II
GRK 251. Intermediate Greek
GRK 385. Special Topics in Greek*
HIS 307. Empires and Barbarians in Late Antiquity
PHI 269. Human Nature and Art*
PHI 290. Special Topics in Philosophy (if the topic is in Ancient Philosophy)*
PHI 360. Great Philosophers (if the topic is a classical philosopher)*
PHI 390. Special Topics in Philosophy (if the topic is in Ancient Philosophy)*
REL/ANT 361. Archaeology and Religion
One additional 3 credit hour LAT course numbered 300 or above
One additional course from those listed above under the categories Ancient
Art, Classical Literature, Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy
A portfolio of three sample papers in courses from three different disciplines taken for the major must be submitted at the completion of the program.
*May be repeated with different topics and/or locations.
 
Classical literature courses have no language prerequisites. These courses are recommended as electives or to fulfill the requirements of the Classical Studies major. CLA 101 or 102 may be used to fulfill the Western Heritage literacy block of General Education program.
CLA 101. Epic, Lyric, and Tragedy (3 hours)
This course introduces students to three major genres of classical Greek and Roman literature. All texts are read in English translation and focus on themes such as the hero and the ancients’ view of their gods. The reading list includes some of the most prominent authors of classical literature, such as Homer, Sappho, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Propertius, and Ovid. In reading, discussing, and writing about these texts students engage some of the most fundamental questions of human existence and consider how these works shaped Western society. In addition to close literary interpretations and discussions, the course offers an introduction to classical mythology as well as ancient history and culture, all areas of study important for the development of the West. (Every two years)
CLA 102. Comedy and Satire (3 hours)
This course introduces students to two genres which share a high degree of wit and humor, but which also deliver social and/or political criticism on a deeper level of meaning. All texts are read in English translation. The reading list includes authors such as Aristophanes and Menander (Greek comedy), Plautus and Terence (Roman comedy), as well as Horace, Persius, Martial, Juvenal, Petronius, and Seneca (all representatives of satire, a genre dominated by Roman writers). In reading, discussing, and writing about these texts students engage some of the most fundamental questions of human existence and consider how these works shaped Western society. By studying Greek and Roman comedy and satire students begin to understand the many ways in which their own cultural background on the one hand is shaped by Greco-Roman culture and, on the other hand, informs their understanding of foreign (in this case, classical) culture. (Every two years)
CLA 153S-253S. Classical Studies Abroad (1-12 hours)
Prerequisite: none for CLA 153S, consent of instructor for CLA 253S.
Study abroad with emphasis on one or more of the following areas: Roman and Ancient Greek literature, history, archaeology, art, architecture, language, philosophy, religion, everyday life, and other areas of classical culture. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be taken more than once. (Occasionally)
CLA 198. Special Introductory Topics in Classical Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Classical Studies not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may be applied to the Classical Studies major. (Occasionally)