Classical Studies

Classical and European Studies
https://ces.rice.edu/
Rayzor Hall 207
713-348-4151

Christian J. Emden
Department Chair
emden@rice.edu

Classical Studies is a major offered by the Classical and European Studies (CES) Department. The Classical Studies program provides instruction in the Greek and Latin languages, in Greek and Roman literature (studied in the original and in translation), in the classical civilizations surveyed as a whole, and in particular themes, genres, and periods of classical culture and its influence through subsequent ages.

The Classical Studies program offers two specializations that satisfy the requirements for a BA. The Classical Languages specialization emphasizes Greek and Latin and reading classical texts in the original languages. The Classical Civilizations specialization allows for a broader set of approaches and does not include a language requirement.

Classical Studies does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Program Advisor

Hilary Mackie

Professors

Scott McGill
Harvey Yunis

Associate Professor

Hilary Mackie

Lecturer

Ted Somerville

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Classical Studies (CLAS)

CLAS 101 - FRESHMAN SEMINAR: SOCRATES: THE MAN AND HIS PHILOSOPHY

Short Title: FRESHMAN SEMINAR: SOCRATES

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This discussion-style seminar will consider how Socrates practiced philosophy, how Plato represented Socrates and Socratic philosophy in writing, and what effect Socrates had on Athens and his fellow Athenians. Readings will consist mainly of Plato's Socratic dialogues, with emphasis on the "Apology" and "Gorgias." In addition to papers, each participant will make one presentation and lead one discussion. This course is limited to first-year students only; any others will be removed from this course. Cross-list: FSEM 101.

CLAS 102 - INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART I: PREHISTORIC TO GOTHIC

Short Title: INTRO TO HIST OF WESTERN ART I

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Antiquity through the 15th century. Students will also attend a one-hour weekly tutorial with a teaching assistant. Cross-list: HART 101, MDEM 111. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for CLAS 102 and HART 220.

CLAS 103 - THE PARTHENON AND PERIKLEAN ATHENS

Short Title: THE PARTHENON

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: In this course, we will trace the history and mythology of the Parthenon. We begin with the dawn of sacred tradition on the Acropolis, then explore the classical recreation of the city, the conversion of the Parthenon into a church, its subsequent destruction and the current debate over restoration. This course is limited to first-year students only, any others will be removed from this course. Cross-list: ARCH 110, FSEM 113, HART 110.

CLAS 107 - GREEK CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY

Short Title: GREEK CIVILIZATION & LEGACY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An examination of the literary, artistic, and intellectual achievements of classical Greek civilization from Homer through the golden age of classical Athens to the spread of Greek culture in the Hellenistic world. The influence of ancient Greece on Western culture will be a focus. Case studies in the later reception of classical Greek literature (e.g., tragedy), philosophy (e.g., Socrates), history (e.g., democracy), and art (e.g., The Parthenon) will be examined. Cross-list: HUMA 107.

Course URL: classicallegacy.rice.edu

CLAS 108 - ROMAN CIVILIZATION AND ITS LEGACY

Short Title: ROMAN CIVILIZATION &ITS LEGACY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course will investigate central aspects of Roman civilization: politics, religion, law, oratory, private life, public entertainment, literature, and visual art and architecture. We will also examine the place of ancient Rome in the western imagination, and the influence of ancient Rome on later politics, literature, and art. Cross-list: HUMA 111.

Course URL: classicallegacy.rice.edu/

CLAS 179 - ROMAN VS GREEK: QUESTIONING THE DEFINITION OF ART IN THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

Short Title: ROMAN VS GREEK

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: What's in a name? Apparently a lot. For 500 years--since the Renaissance--scholars have cleaved Roman and Greek art from one another and this division has defined how we think about art in antiquity. In this freshman seminar, we will question this paradigm. Looking at art from around the Mediterranean and reading the very scholarship that has both created these definitions and questioned them, we will work toward a new way of conceiving the art of the Ancient Mediterranean world. This course is limited to first-year students only, any others will be removed from this course. Cross-list: FSEM 179, HART 179.

CLAS 201 - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I

Short Title: HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY I

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Survey of the major philosophers and philosophical systems of ancient Greece, from Parmenides to the Stoics. Cross-list: MDEM 201, PHIL 201.

CLAS 205 - GREEK TRAGEDY IN TRANSLATION

Short Title: GREEK TRAGEDY IN TRANSLATION

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Participants draft short papers (3 pp. double-spaced) weekly and read them aloud in class to receive constructive criticism. A different Greek play provides the focus for discussion and writing each week. No secondary literature, exams or quizzes. The final paper is a revised and extended version of a previously written draft.

CLAS 207 - LOVE LIFE IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY

Short Title: LOVE LIFE IN ANTIQUITY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Love, sex, marriage and eroticism were important aspects of ancient Greek and Roman culture as they are of our own, though they were sometimes conceived of very differently. In this course we will consider the evidence for various aspects of sexual relationships in poetry, art, inscriptions, philosophy, and more.

CLAS 210 - HOMER AND VIRGIL AND THEIR RECEPTION

Short Title: HOMER AND VIRGIL

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course reads Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY and Virgil's AENEID in translation. Topics include the nature of oral poetry, the history of the epic genre, Virgilian intertextuality, the cultural and political contexts in which the poems arose, and case studies in the poets' reception.

Course URL: classicallegacy.rice.edu

CLAS 218 - CITIES, SANCTUARIES, CIVILIZATIONS: INTRODUCTION TO GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Short Title: GREEK ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An introduction to the art and archaeology of the ancient Greek world. Artistic media, such as sculpture and vase painting will be examined in a broad range of the material culture ancient Greeks created and used. Consideration of these materials within their cultural, social and religious contexts will be discussed. Cross-list: HART 216.

CLAS 219 - OLD ENGLISH: READINGS IN BEOWULF

Short Title: OLD ENGLISH

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: We will read selections from Beowulf in the original Old English, and discuss its literary and historical importance. No prior knowledge of Old English required.

CLAS 235 - CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY: INTERPRETATION, ORIGINS, AND INFLUENCE

Short Title: CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: We will read and analyze some of the most influential Greek myths (including their parallels and permutations in other cultures). Employing insights from a variety of theoretical approaches to myth, we will identify typical story patterns, characters, and events, and the values, anxieties, and aspirations for which they stand.

Course URL: classicallegacy.rice.edu

CLAS 237 - ARISTOTLE'S POETICS IN ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY AND MODERN FILM

Short Title: ARISTOTLE'S POETICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Aristotle's seminal account of tragic drama still intrigues screenwriters, theatre students, and literary scholars - who often disagree about its interpretation and relevance. In this discussion-based course we will read the Poetics closely (in translation), compare specific Greek tragedies with Aristotle's model, and evaluate the model's usefulness for modern film criticism.

CLAS 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

CLAS 301 - ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

Short Title: ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics in the history of philosophy from the 4th century B.C. through the 14th century. Graduate students require permission of instructor. Cross-list: MDEM 301, PHIL 301. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for CLAS 301 and MDEM 481. Repeatable for Credit.

CLAS 309 - THE DAWN OF ROME: GENERATING THE URBAN, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL LIFE OF THE ETERNAL CITY

Short Title: THE DAWN OF ROME

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: In this course you will uncover the roots of the Eternal City, Rome. Through analysis of archaeological remains, art historical methodologies and theories of social space, intentionality, structuration and agency, you will question how and why Rome became a city and a culture the reshaped the world. The course will focus on the first 500 years of Roman art and society, ca. 800-300 BCE, looking closely at the kingship of Rome, the genesis of the Roman Republic, and the ability to understand a distant culture through artistic manufacture, materiality and philosophical shift. Cross-list: HART 309.

CLAS 316 - DEMOCRACY AND POLITICAL THEORY IN ANCIENT GREECE

Short Title: DEMOCRACY & POLITICAL THEORY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The Greeks created political society and studied political society in order to understand and improve it. One particular form of political society, democracy, reached its pinnacle in Athens. We shall attempt to understand how ancient Greeks thought about politics from the rudimentary beginnings in Homer to the complex, incisive arguments of Aristotle. Cross-list: PLST 316.

CLAS 317 - THE SELF IN GREEK AND ROMAN THOUGHT

Short Title: SELF IN GREEK&ROMAN THOUGHT

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course explores conceptions of the self from Homer to Augustine of Hippo, focusing especially on views of the mind or soul and its relation to the body, thought or reason and its relation to desire, human agency and responsibility, and the individual self in relation to others.

CLAS 319 - ANCIENTS VERSUS MODERNS

Short Title: ANCIENTS VERSUS MODERNS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Ancients and moderns have participated in constant dialogue – sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile – that still shapes the complexities of our own approaches to the past. This seminar traces approximately two millennia of conflict and compromise between so-called “ancients” and “moderns” from ancient Greece and Rome to the French Revolution and beyond.

CLAS 321 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANCIENT ART

Short Title: ROME: THE ETERNAL CITY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will introduce you to the major monuments of Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. We will focus not only on the history and functions of these monuments in antiquity but also on how their meaning and representation has changed and evolved in the post-classical world. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: HART 318. Repeatable for Credit.

CLAS 324 - THE GENESIS OF ROMAN ART

Short Title: THE GENESIS OF ROMAN ART

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course explores the roots of the art and architecture of ancient Rome (ca. 600-200 BCE). In it we will examine the earliest vestiges of sculpture, painting and architecture from the Archaic and Classical periods to the twisted forms of Hellenistic conquest. You will grapple with the questions of cultural agency, connoisseurship, cultural interaction, network and object theories and spatial imagination to question standard narratives that divide Rome in this time from neighboring Greek polities. Cross-list: HART 327.

CLAS 326 - MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME: CONCRETE AND THE REVOLUTION OF SPACE IN ANCIENT ROME

Short Title: MATERIAL, FORM, SPACE, TIME

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: "Architectural Revolution" has been tied to Le Corbusier, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Brunelleschi and to towering Gothic cathedrals. At the foundation of all these endeavors is the Concrete Revolution in Roman Architecture. In this course we'll look at the four essential elements of this revolution from the fourth century BCE to the fifth century CE, and we'll investigate how shifts in application and experience created a background that informs design to this day. Cross-list: ARCH 326, HART 326.

CLAS 336 - INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN

Short Title: INTRO TO INDO-EUROPEAN

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will begin with a brief survey of the Indo-European languages, followed by a detailed reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European phonology, morphology, and syntax. The second half of the course will deal with Indo-European culture, laws, society and poetics, together with a consideration of advanced topics in the individual branches. Cross-list: LING 336.

CLAS 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Laboratory, Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

CLAS 482 - CAESAR'S PALACE: AUTHOR(ITY) AND MEANING IN THE ROMAN IMPERIAL RESIDENCE

Short Title: CAESAR'S PALACE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Described as both a “Hall of Despotism” and a “Citadel of Majesty,” the palace of the Roman emperors is one of the great enigmas of antiquity. Its vast remains (larger than Versailles) are relatively well preserved, but it is poorly understood as part of the concept of emperorship. In this course we will examine the palace within the context of Imperial Roman art and politics; then we will dissect its meaning(s), the intentions of those who created it, and generally deconstruct it, brick by brick, to question agency and spatial experience from a macro-historical perspective. Cross-list: HART 482.

CLAS 492 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent work. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

CLAS 493 - SENIOR THESIS

Short Title: SENIOR THESIS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior. Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Open to Classical Studies majors in their final year. Thesis, approximately 7,500-15,000 words (30-60 pages), on a topic of the student's choice in consultation with a faculty member. CLAS 493 and CLAS 494 form a two semester sequence. Requirements for 493 include a detailed prospectus with annotated bibliography. Instructor Permission Required.

CLAS 494 - SENIOR THESIS

Short Title: SENIOR THESIS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): CLAS 493

Description: Continuation of CLAS 493. Open to Classical Studies majors in their final year. Thesis, approximately 7,500-15,000 words (30-60 pages), on a topic of the student's choice in consultation with a faculty member. Instructor Permission Required.

Greek (GREE)

GREE 101 - ELEMENTARY GREEK I

Short Title: ELEMENTARY GREEK I

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Reading-based introduction to ancient Greek. Readings include passages from classical and New Testament authors. Explanation and analysis of basic grammar, including comparison with English grammar. Besides translating Greek to English (and vice versa), we will consider the language and literature in their historical context, and practice reading ancient Greek aloud.

GREE 102 - ELEMENTARY GREEK II

Short Title: ELEMENTARY GREEK II

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Continuation of GREE 101.

GREE 201 - INTERMEDIATE GREEK I: PROSE

Short Title: INTERMEDIATE GREEK I: PROSE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Review of forms and syntax. Readings from Plato.

GREE 202 - INTERMEDIATE GREEK: EURIPIDES MEDEA/BIBLICAL KOINE

Short Title: INTERMEDIATE GREEK

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Section 1 reads Euripides or Sophocles. Section 2 reads excerpts from New Testament, Septuagint, and Early Christian writers. Includes review of forms and syntax.

GREE 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture, Seminar, Laboratory, Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 302 - HOMER

Short Title: HOMER

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Open to third and fourth year undergraduates. An opportunity to read the Iliad/Odyssey in the original Greek. Includes review of forms and syntax as well as discussion of Homeric dialect, meter, poetics, and oral tradition. May be repeated (once) for credit. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: GREE 502. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for GREE 302 and GREE 502. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 305 - PLATO, ARISTOTLE, OR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

Short Title: PLATO,ARISTOTLE,NEW TSTMNT GRK

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Greek prose for third or fourth year undergraduates. Choice of texts flexible depending on the needs and interests of those enrolled. Includes review of forms and syntax. Continuation of GREE 301, with additional texts. May be repeated for credit. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: GREE 505. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for GREE 305 and GREE 505. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 306 - ADVANCED GREEK: POETRY

Short Title: ADVANCED GREEK: POETRY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is intended for students with at least two prior years of Greek. The course will focus on Greek poetic texts, with an emphasis on Attic tragedy. The course will emphasize poetic vocabulary and grammar, meter, and performance contexts. Texts change each semester. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 307 - ADVANCED GREEK: PROSE

Short Title: ADVANCED GREEK: PROSE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is intended for students with at least two prior years of Greek. The course will focus on prose texts, with an emphasis on fifth- and fourth- century authors. The course will emphasize vocabulary, grammar, and historical contexts. Texts change each semester, repeatable for credit. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Seminar, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 492 - DIRECTED READING

Short Title: DIRECTED READING

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent work for qualified juniors and seniors in genres or authors not presented in other courses. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 502 - HOMER

Short Title: HOMER

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Open to graduate students. Read the Iliad/Odyssey in the original Greek. Review of forms and syntax. Discussion of Homeric dialect, meter, poetics, and oral tradition. Requirement beyond GREE 302: oral presentation analyzing diction and poetic formulas in a specific passage. Repeatable (once) for credit. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: GREE 302. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for GREE 502 and GREE 302. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 503 - DIRECTED READING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Short Title: DIRECTED READING GRAD STUDENTS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Graduate level, independent reading course. Topics vary. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 504 - DIRECTED READING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Short Title: GR STUDENTS DIRECTED READING

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Graduate level, independent reading course. Topics vary. Offered in the spring semester. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 505 - PLATO, ARISTOTLE, OR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

Short Title: PLATO,ARISTOTLE,NEW TSTMNT GRK

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Greek prose for graduate students in related disciplines. Choice of texts flexible depending on the needs and interests of those enrolled. Includes review of forms and syntax. Continuation of GREE 501, with additional texts. Additional work required beyond GREE 305, in the form of an oral presentation analyzing the language and style of one or more text in terms of its historical, social, and generic context. May be repeated for credit. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: GREE 305. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for GREE 505 and GREE 305. Repeatable for Credit.

GREE 677 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Visiting Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

Latin (LATI)

LATI 101 - ELEMENTARY LATIN I

Short Title: ELEMENTARY LATIN I

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of the fundamentals of Latin grammar with emphasis on acquisition of reading skills. Cross-list: MDEM 101.

LATI 102 - ELEMENTARY LATIN II

Short Title: ELEMENTARY LATIN II

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): LATI 101 or MDST 101

Description: Continuation of LATI 101 and MDST 101. Graduate students require permission of instructor. Cross-list: MDEM 102.

LATI 104 - AP/OTH CREDIT IN ELEMENTARY LATIN

Short Title: AP/OTH CREDIT ELEMENTARY LATIN

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Transfer

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course provides credit for students who have successfully completed approved examinations, such as Advanced Placement exams. This credit counts toward the total credit hours required for graduation.

LATI 201 - INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE

Short Title: INTERMEDIATE LATIN I: PROSE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Review of grammar and readings in Latin prose. Cross-list: MDEM 211.

LATI 202 - INTERMEDIATE LATIN II

Short Title: INTERMEDIATE LATIN II

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): LATI 201 or MDST 211

Description: Readings in Virgil. Cross-list: MDEM 212.

LATI 204 - AP/OTH CREDIT IN INTERMEDIATE LATIN

Short Title: AP/OTH CREDIT INTERM. LATIN

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Transfer

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course provides credit for students who have successfully completed approved examinations, such as Advanced Placement exams. This credit counts toward the total credit hours required for graduation.

LATI 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester’s topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 302 - ADVANCED LATIN

Short Title: ADVANCED LATIN

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: We will read Propertius' elegies with a view to understanding the poetics of Latin love elegy and the relationship of this genre to its social context. D1 credit.

LATI 303 - ADVANCED LATIN: PLAUTUS AND TERENCE

Short Title: ADV LATIN: PLAUTUS & TERENCE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: We will read Plautus' Pseudolus and Terence's Adelphoe. We will consider the background of Greek comedy and the contemporary social situation in Rome.

LATI 304 - ADVANCED LATIN: ROMAN EPIC

Short Title: ADV. LATIN: ROMAN EPIC

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Readings in Latin epic poetry, from the Republic through late antiquity. Topics will include the nature of the epic genre, the development of Roman epic, the styles of individual epic poets, and the works' political and cultural contexts.

LATI 305 - ADVANCED LATI: HORACE

Short Title: ADVANCED LATIN: HORACE

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Readings from Horace.

LATI 306 - ADVANCED LATIN: OVID'S METAMORPHOSES

Short Title: OVID'S METAMORPHOSES

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Readings in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 307 - LATIN POETRY OF LATE ANITQUITY

Short Title: LATIN POETRY OF LATE ANTIQUITY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Readings from Latin poetry, ca. 300 CE - ca. 600 CE. Topics include the relationship of this poetry to its classical past, its identity as "late" literature, the historical contexts and purposes of the texts and the development of a Christian Latin poetic tradition.

LATI 308 - LUCRETIUS

Short Title: LUCRETIUS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): LATI 202

Description: This course will study the great philosophical poem of the Roman Epicurean Lucretius, De Rerum Nature (On the Nature of Things). In addition to selections from the Latin, students will read the entire poem in English translation as well as scholarship on the poem from a variety of perspectives.

LATI 313 - CICERO AND CATULLUS: LITERATURE AND SOCIETY IN THE ROMAN REPUBLIC

Short Title: CICERO AND CATULLUS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: We will read Cicero's PRO CAELIO and several of Catullus' longer poems as a vehicle for understanding politics and culture in the late Roman Republic.

LATI 316 - READINGS IN VIRGIL'S AENEID

Short Title: READINGS IN VIRGIL'S AENEID

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Advanced study of Virgil's great Roman epic. Areas of interest will include Virgil's poetic technique, the history of ancient epic, and Roman politics and society, particularly in the Augustan Age. Since different books of the Aeneid will be read in different semesters, the course is repeatable for credit. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 317 - READINGS IN LIVY

Short Title: READINGS IN LIVY

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Selections from the Roman historian Livy. Close attention will be given to Livy's prose style and narrative techniques. We will also examine his historical method, the Augustan context of his work, and the information he provides as a source on Roman history. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 318 - READINGS IN CICERO

Short Title: CICERO

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course features readings in Cicero (1st c. BCE), the politician, orator, and philosopher of first-century BCE Rome. The single most influential writer in Latin, Cicero is also a primary source for the fall of the Roman Republic. Spring 2016 will focus on the speech Pro Caelio, addressed to a law course in defense of the Roman aristocrat Caelius Rufus, and one of Cicero's most entertaining speeches. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 320 - SILVER LATIN PROSE: SENECA AND TECITUS

Short Title: SENECA AND TACITUS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Latin culture during the Silver Age (AD 18-133) developed in unforeseen directions, which remain provocative and stimulating today. This course will focus on the two writers who developed new pathways in prose writing and new ideas about Rome, the moralist Seneca and the historian Tacitus. We will read one of Seneca's moral essays, De brevitate vitae, and book four of Tacitus' Annals.

LATI 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 491 - DIRECTED READING

Short Title: DIRECTED READING

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent work for qualified juniors and seniors in genres or authors not presented in other upper level courses. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 492 - DIRECTED READING

Short Title: DIRECTED READING

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent work for qualified juniors and seniors in genres or authors not presented in other upper level courses. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 504 - DIRECTED READING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Short Title: GR STUDENTS DIRECTED READING

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Graduate level, independent reading course. Topics vary. Offered in the spring semester. Repeatable for Credit.

LATI 677 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Classical and European Studies

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory, Lecture, Seminar, Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Graduate or Visiting Graduate level students.

Course Level: Graduate

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject code for Classical Studies: CLAS
  • Course offerings/subject code for Greek: GREE
  • Course offerings/subject code for Latin: LATI

Department Description and Code

  • Classical and European Studies: CLEU 

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA 

Undergraduate Major Description and Code

  • Major in Classical Studies: CLST

CIP Code and Description1

  • CLST Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 16.1200 - Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General