Classical Civilization courses offered by the Honors College
Members of the Classics faculty hold joint appointments in the Frederik Meijer Honors College and teach the following Honors courses.
Classics majors who have been admitted to the Honors College have the option of fulfilling certain program requirements by completing the Honors Classical World sequence. See the program description for details.
Honors Classical World Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence
HNR 211/212 Classical World I. HNR 211/212 is the first half of the two-semester Classical World Honors arts and humanities sequence. The course covers the history, literature, intellectual history, philosophy, and arts of ancient Greece down to the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. HNR 211 and 212 must be taken concurrently. Six credits. Fall.
HNR 221/222 Classical World II. HNR 221/222 is the second half of the two-semester Classical World Honors arts and humanities sequence. The course continues the study of the history, philosophy, and culture of classical antiquity begun in HNR 211/212 through the Hellenistic and Roman periods. HNR 221 and 222 must be taken concurrently. Six credits. Winter.
Consistent with the goals of the Honors College, these courses take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Classical culture. This approach includes close and extensive reading of both primary sources (such as literary texts and artifacts) and secondary sources (including history and art history textbooks). These sources will are examined critically and carefully in class discussions, through individual and group assignments, and in multimedia presentations.
In addition to regular class meetings, course activities include visits to art museums and work in an art studio.
Success depends upon active and informed participation in activities, discussion, careful preparation, constructive collaboration with other class participants, and close contact with faculty members, particularly in the creation and revision of assigned work.
Honors Classical World participants visit the Toledo Museum of Art.
Honors Junior Seminars
In addition to the courses described below, certain 300- and 400-level classical civilization courses may be cross-listed with Honors in a given semester. Consult the annual course roster for details.
HNR 300: Classical Mythology. HNR 300 examines ancient Greek and Roman myths in their cultural and historical contexts. A variety of methods of interpreting myths are explored. Readings include myths continuing to influence modern literature and thought, such as the Homeric hymns, Hesiod's Theogony, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. Fulfills World Perspectives requirement.
HNR 324: Worlds of Late Antiquity. HNR 324 explores geopolitical and cultural transformation in the Mediterranean and the Near East from roughly 300 to 800 C.E. Topics include the rise of Christianity and Islam, the later Roman state and army, “barbarian” invasions, Byzantium and Persia, personal piety and ecclesiastical controversy, urban life and the foundation of Constantinople.