Full Time Faculty: Nanette Goldman, Brian Lush, Wessam El-Meligi, J. Andrew Overman, Beth Severy-Hoven (Chair)
Classics is the critical study of the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern worlds and the literature and art which we inherit from them. Students examine texts in Arabic, Hebrew, Greek or Latin; reconstruct cities and settlements from Rome to Israel through archaeological and architectural analysis; and engage materials from myth to mosaics - all with a view to assessing the crises, failures and successes of the complex, multicultural worlds of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. As scholars of Classics, students interpret evidence in its historical context and develop a deep linguistic, literary, cultural, religious and material knowledge of this region in antiquity. Classics provides a place for the critical analysis of ancient and foreign cultures and how their stories and histories have been received and retold in the shaping of the modern world.
By combining skills, theories and even courses found in the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences, Classics offers an outstanding, expansive and interdisciplinary course of study for all liberal arts students. Graduates in Classics thus go on to apply their training to a wide variety of endeavors, from the practice of law and medicine, to work in the corporate, governmental or non-profit worlds, to graduate study in fields from Classics to Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, English, History, Middle Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, and Religion. Above all, Classics helps students enter and engage sympathetically with a worldview different from their own and develop their skills in writing, critical reading, language acquisition, and argumentation.
Students are encouraged-and majors are required-to take advantage of opportunities for study abroad. The classics department leads programs in the Mediterranean and Middle East, including a summer archaeological project in northern Israel excavating a Roman temple and January courses in Rome, Egypt and Turkey. The department also sends students on semester program such as the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, College Year in Athens, CIEE Amman, and others.
General Distribution Requirement
All regular courses in the Classics department count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities except for elementary and intermediate language courses, CLAS 260 and CLAS 270 . CLAS 260 counts toward the fine arts general distribution requirement; CLAS 270 counts toward the social science general distribution.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The classics department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the classics department are available from the department office, on the department website, or from the Director of Academic Programs.
Policy on Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin Language Grades
In order to be accepted into the next higher language course in the Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin sequences, a student must have received a grade of C- or higher in the previous course. For additional information regarding the language requirement, see the College requirements.
CLAS 194 , CLAS 294 , CLAS 394 , CLAS 494
Occasional and often experimental courses focusing on special topics of interest to faculty and students. Recent offerings have included Ancient and Modern Comedy; Early Arabic Literature and History; Ancient Rome in Popular Culture; Egyptian Art and Culture; and Polis and People: Civic Space and Citizenship. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.