Classics Courses that fulfill General Education requirements

The General Education (GenEd) Program is designed to introduce students to a variety of different disciplines and ways of thinking. The intention of this program is to form a basis of comparison and integration that fosters critical thinking and, therefore, valuable skills that will be useful beyond the university setting.


Foundation Courses

Arts Foundation

CLA 250 - Classical Art and Archaeology. Survey of the art and archaeology of the classical world from the Bronze Age through the dissolution of the Roman Empire. Emphasis on the development of the characteristic forms of classical art, the aesthetic and historical contexts of specific works, and the techniques of classical archaeology that have revealed them. Fulfills Foundation - Arts. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: WRT 150. Credits: 3

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Participants in CLA 275 "Ancient Drama" perform a staged reading of Aristophanes' Lysistrata.

Historical Perspectives Foundation

CLA 121 - Greek Civilization. An introduction to the major cultural accomplishments of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the death of Alexander the Great. Emphasis on Greek literature, art, philosophy, and political institutions both in their historical contexts and as achievements of continuing importance in the contemporary world. Fulfills Foundation - Historical Perspectives. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

CLA 131 - Introduction to Roman Civilization. An introduction to the major accomplishments of ancient Rome from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity. The course examines significant aspects of Roman political, social and cultural life, both in their primary context and in terms of their relevance to society today. Fulfills Foundation - Historical Perspectives. Offered winter semester. Credits: 3

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Philosophy and Literature Foundation

CLA 101 - Greek and Roman Mythology. An introduction to the gods and heroes of ancient Greek and Roman myths in their cultural and historical contexts, as well as their modern influence. Fulfills Foundation - Philosophy and Literature. Offered fall semester. Credits: 3

CLA 201 - Classical Literature. Great works from the ancient world in translation, selected from Homeric epics, plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and from such other classic works as Virgil’s Aeneid, the Bible, and Eastern epics such as Gilgamesh. Fulfills Foundation - Philosophy and Literature. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: WRT 150. Credits: 3

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BA Cognate Requirement in Foreign Language

GRK 101 / 102 / 201 Elementary and Intermediate Ancient Greek. An introduction to ancient Greek vocabulary, grammar, and syntax with an emphasis on reading works from the Homeric and classical periods and reading of an entire dialogue by Plato, such as Apology or Crito.  Sequence begins in the Fall semester. Credits: 12

LAT 101 / 102 / 201 Elementary and Intermediate Latin. An introduction to Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax with emphasis on the language of the classical period and study of selected ancient authors.  Sequence begins in the Fall semester. Credits: 12


World Perspectives Designation

GRK 202 - Intermediate Ancient Greek II. Readings from Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey, supplemented by study of early Greek history and culture. Fulfills Cultures - World Perspectives. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: GRK 201. Credits: 3

LAT 202 - Intermediate Latin II. Readings in Virgil’s Aeneid, supplemented by study of the history and culture of Augustan Rome. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: LAT 201, or appropriate high school background. Fulfills Cultures - World Perspectives. Credits: 3


Issues Courses

Issue: Globalization

CLA 301 - Re-imagining the Classics. Study of classical authors, genres, ideas, or aspects of visual culture and the ways they have been understood, adapted, and transformed in new cultural environments of later periods. The course may consider genres such as epic, lyric, or comedy; mythology or the history of ideas; styles of architecture or painting.  Part of the Globalization Issue. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Credits: 3

CLA 302 - The Stages of Greek and Roman Drama. Readings of Greek and Roman tragedies and comedies by playwrights such as Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Plautus (in English translation) will be augmented by considerations of cultural contexts, both ancient and modern global, and staging or adaptation. The dramas engage issues from competing perspectives on violence, gender, class, and justice. Fulfills Issues - Globalization. Offered winter semester. Prerequisites: Junior standing and WRT 150. Credits: 3

Issue: Human Rights

CLA 367 - Thinking Like a (Roman) Lawyer. Many legal concepts we take for granted come directly from Roman Law, the influence of which continues to be felt world-wide today. This course introduces legal reasoning and analysis through a discussion-based, case-by-case approach focusing on primary sources in translation. Especially valuable for prelaw students. Part of the Human Rights Issue. Offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: Junior standing and WRT 150. Credits: 3

Issue: Identity

CLA 325 - Body, Gender, Sexuality in Antiquity. Introduction to views about the body, gender, and sexuality in ancient Greece and Rome. Special attention is given to ancient texts that inform feminist and queer theory. Topics include ancient medicine and modern dietetics; the figure of Antigone in feminist and post colonial literature; Greek homosexuality, Victorian Hellenism, and American law. Crosslisted with WGS 325. Part of the Identity Issue. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: Junior standing. Credits: 3

CLA 365 - Stoicism, Identity and the Happy Life. This course will address, through the life and thought of prominent Stoics, both the evolution of self and the development of an individual’s identity from the Stoic perspective. Through readings, writing, and journaling, students will explore the significance and relevance of key Stoic ideas about identity. Part of the Identity Issue. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Credits: 3




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