Classical Studies

Mission

The Classical Studies 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 Classical Studies Program is to offer courses in ancient languages including Greek, Latin and Hebrew, biblical texts, and ancient history. We offer a major in Classical Studies in two concentrations. The Classical Languages and Literatures 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., Classical Studies, Ancient Near East, Bible, Ancient History, Archaeology). We also offer minors in Classical Studies and Ancient Cultures. Our courses in ancient language, literature, and civilization complement courses in other disciplines so that students may combine their Classical Studies major with a second major in English, fine and performing arts, history, languages, psychology, theology, philosophy, and elementary education.

The Classical Studies 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 a wide range of courses in ancient culture and civilization that focus on the literature, history, and material culture of the ancient world. We offer two Honors courses that focus on Greece and Rome: Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World and the team-taught Society, Democracy, Republic. 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, Diversity, Writing Intensive, and Ethics Intensive areas of the 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.

Major Requirements

Major Concentration:

The major requires a minimum of 10 courses. Additional requirements are distributed according to each student's concentration within the major.

  • The Classical Languages and Literatures concentration places primary focus on the languages, literatures, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.  The requirements of this concentration are the best preparation for students interested in ancient languages, essential preparation for post-graduate studies in Classics, or the acquisition of Latin language teaching certification.
  • The Ancient Cultures concentration is an interdisciplinary program for students who have an interest in the study of antiquity with less emphasis on ancient languages. 

Students may also obtain credit by participating in one of the three options listed below.

  • Archaeological Fieldwork (usually one or two courses, offered in cooperation with various other universities as approved in advance, usually as summer transfer credit; because of methodological and experiential value, sites need not be limited to geographical areas normally implied in the minor). Recommended in this category is REL 332 Digging at Tel Dor (fieldwork in Israel).
  • International Study Tour (usually equivalent to one course); location as appropriate (e.g., Italy; Greece; Turkey; Israel; Egypt; and others), usually with advance approval of director.
  • Study Abroad at an approved overseas university.

Requirements for Departmental Honors

To receive College Honors credit, students undertake two consecutive semesters of course-based research and study that culminates in a senior thesis. For students in the University Honors program, these two courses may be counted toward the eight course Honors requirement. To be eligible for College Honors, a student must have a 3.5 GPA. If you are interested in completing the College Honors project during your senior year, please be in touch with the department chair early in the spring semester of your junior year. Specific requirements for the College Honors thesis may be found under Honors Program.

Classical Studies and Teacher Certification

1.  Majors in Classical Studies who intend to pursue teacher certification will earn a double major in their primary subject area and in Secondary Education. 

Below is the recommended program for students who will be eligible for a PA Level I teaching certificate in Secondary Education.

EDU 150
150F
Schools in Society-Fr Seminar
and FE Schools in Soc (preK-4/4-8)
3
EDU 157
157F
Adolescent Development
and FE Adolescent Development
3
EDU 246
246F
Literacy, Language and Culture
and FE:Literacy,Language & Culture
3
EDU 247
247F
Literacy in the Content Areas
and FE: Literacy in Content Areas
3
SPE 160
160F
Intro to Special Education
and FE Intro to Special Education
3
SPE 203
203F
Tchng Adolescents Inclus Envir
and FE Tchng Adoles Inclus Environ
3
EDU 414
414F
Instruct Techniques -For Lang
and FE: Instr Tech Foreign Lang
3
EDU 491Secondary Student Teaching12

2.  Recommended for other Students in the Classical Studies concentration: Any three courses in ART, CSC, HIS, LIN, MAT, PHL, REL/THE, or SOC that may complement the major concentration, chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. These courses may include other courses in ancient studies that are outside the field of Classics.

3.  Recommended for students in both the Classical Studies concentration and Ancient Cultures concentration interested in archaeology: Students may take any courses in BIO, CHM, CSC, MAT, PHY, SOC beyond the courses used to satisfy the GEP and major requirements.

4.  Recommended for other students in the Ancient Cultures concentration: Any three courses in relevant cultures, history, language, methodologies, or research tools that may complement the major concentration.

Advisory Option—Teacher Certification in Latin

Advisors in both Classics and the Education Department guide Latin students seeking teacher certification in Latin to use electives to fulfill the following courses required for certification:

LAT 201Intermediate Latin I3
LAT 202Intermediate Latin II3
LAT 301Oratory3
LAT 302Republican Prose3
LAT 303Historiography3
LAT 304Drama3
LAT 305Lyric Poetry3
LAT 306Roman Elegy3
LAT 401Silver Age Latin3
LAT 402Golden Age Latin3
LAT 403Epic Poetry3
LAT 404Horace3
LAT 410Research Materials & Methods3
LAT 411Advanced Latin Grammar3
CLA 201Love,Sex,Conqst:Classic Myth3
CLA 302Mystery&Monument:Ancient Rome3
CLA 303Pompeii & Herculaneum3
CLA 304Etruscan Art and Archaeology3
GRK 101Beginning Ancient Greek I3
GRK 102Beginning Ancient Greek II4
GRK 201Intermediate Ancient Greek I3
GRK 202Intermediate Ancient Greek II3

Education courses:

Please consult with advisors in the Department of Education.

Linguistics course:

In order to meet the certification requirements for Latin, students are required to take one course in linguistics.

Electives:

Two courses selected from:
CLA 202Classical Epic: Gods & Heroes3
CLA 203Classical Tragedy3
CLA 204Comedy: Ancient and Modern3
CLA 206Sports in the Ancient World3
CLA 301Mystery&Monument:Ancnt Greece3
CLA 302Mystery&Monument:Ancient Rome3
CLA 305Cleopatra Thrgh Anc & Mod Eyes3
CLA 306Ancient Medicine3
CLA 307Ancient Greece & Rome in Film3
CLA 320Golden Age of Rome3
CLA 321Anc World Sexuality & Gender3
CLA 493Ind. Research in Classics3
CLA 494Ind. Research in Classics3

Professor

  • Marsilio (Director)

Associate Professor

  • Nikoloutsos

Adjunct Lecturers

  • Bender
  • Dlugacz
  • McCall

Classical Studies Advisory Board

  • Gregerman
  • Kerkeslager
  • Lewin
  • Nikoloutsos
  • Payne

Undergraduate Major

Undergraduate Minors

Classical Studies Courses

Art and Archaeology
CLA 301Mystery&Monument:Ancnt Greece3
CLA 302Mystery&Monument:Ancient Rome3
CLA 303Pompeii & Herculaneum3
CLA 304Etruscan Art and Archaeology3
CLA 305Cleopatra Thrgh Anc & Mod Eyes3
History
CLA 320Golden Age of Rome3
HIS 316The Grandeur that was Rome3
HIS 317The Rise of the West: 400-12003
Language
GRK 101Beginning Ancient Greek I3
GRK 102Beginning Ancient Greek II4
GRK 201Intermediate Ancient Greek I3
GRK 202Intermediate Ancient Greek II3
LAT 101Beginning Latin I4
LAT 102Beginning Latin II4
LAT 201Intermediate Latin I3
LAT 202Intermediate Latin II3
LAT 301Oratory3
LAT 302Republican Prose3
LAT 303Historiography3
LAT 304Drama3
LAT 305Lyric Poetry3
LAT 306Roman Elegy3
LAT 401Silver Age Latin3
LAT 402Golden Age Latin3
LAT 403Epic Poetry3
LAT 404Horace3
LAT 410Research Materials & Methods3
LAT 411Advanced Latin Grammar3
Literature in Translation
CLA 201Love,Sex,Conqst:Classic Myth3
CLA 202Classical Epic: Gods & Heroes3
CLA 203Classical Tragedy3
CLA 204Comedy: Ancient and Modern3
CLA 205Ancient Rome: Art & Arch3
CLA 306Ancient Medicine3
CLA 307Ancient Greece & Rome in Film3
CLA 320Golden Age of Rome3
CLA 321Anc World Sexuality & Gender3
CLA 493Ind. Research in Classics3
CLA 494Ind. Research in Classics3
Philosophy
PHL 401Ancient Philosophy3
PHL 402Plato and Aristotle3
PHL 404Love & Frndshp in Ancnt Wrld3
Religion
REL 211Hebrew Bible3
REL 212Israelite Religion3
REL 221Intro to the New Testament3
REL 321Religion&Law in the Anc World3
REL 322Myth and History in the Bible3
REL 323Psalms3
REL 325Synoptic Gospels3
REL 326Letters of Paul3
REL 331Topics in Ancient Judaism3
REL 332Past/Present in ISR and PLS3
REL 382Women & Religion in Anc Wrld3
REL 383Ancient Greek Religions3