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The Majors and Minors: Latin and Classical Studies

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The information on this page is for reference only, and is NOT an official catalog. HOWEVER, please note that there is an error in the 2011-2012 catalog, and that the correct MINOR in Classical Studies approved by EPC and Faculty Assembly is the one printed below.

See here for the VWC catalog:  http://ww2.vwc.edu/academics/catalog.

The binding catalog of reference for major requirements is the catalog for the year under which a student enters VWC.  As we move from a three to a four credit course curriculum, substitutions will be authorized as necessary by the Classics Program Coordinator.

CLASSICS

DR. BENJAMIN S. HALLER, Program Coordinator

The Classics department offers students the opportunity to explore the Greek and Roman roots of European and American cultural identity and heritage. By taking courses in Classical Civilization, students understand the richness and diversity of Greek and Roman cultures, while using the ancient world as a laboratory to gain wider perspectives on many elements of modern life that extend all the way back into our common past. Through courses in Latin and Greek languages, students attain a more direct experience of the lives of the ancients in their own living words, while gaining valuable understanding of the roots and usage of English and other modern languages.

Two major programs are available to students interested in Classics. The interdisciplinary major in Classical Studies offers a general liberal arts experience with only a small amount of required coursework in ancient language. Students seeking a more focused program based in language study may elect the major in Latin. It is not possible for students to major both in Classical Studies and in Latin, but it is possible to combine the major in Latin with the minor in Classical Studies. Students intending to attend graduate school in Classics or Archaeology, or to teach high school Latin, should major in Latin; Classical Studies, in conjunction with an appropriate second major, would be suited to students interested in teaching high school History or Art, or going into Museum Studies, Business, or Government.

Major Requirements: Classical Studies

COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE

HOURS

Language

LATN 213 Intermediate Latin

GREK 213 Intermediate Ancient Greek

OR any higher-level Greek, Latin, or Biblical Hebrew class

4 credits*

Civilization, Culture, Tradition

CLAS 105 Classical Mythology

CLAS 120 Classical Archaeology

CLAS 209 Greek History

CLAS 210 Roman History

CLAS 263 World Literature I

ARTH 231 Classical and Medieval Art

RELST 217 The Old Testament World

RELST 218 The New Testament World

12 credits

Synthesis and Specialization

At least 16 credits from any of the following; at least two from the CLAS or LATN rubric.‡

CLAS 330 Classical and World Epic

CLAS 350 Women in the Ancient World

CLAS 370 The Ancient World in Cinema

CLAS 356 VWC in Greece

CLAS 360 Classical Virginia

LATN 305 Latin Prose

LATN 306 Latin Poetry

RELST 303 Saints and Heretics: Christian

History I

PHIL 332 Ancient Philosophy

16 credits

CLAS 450 Senior Seminar in Classics

4 credits


 

TOTAL

36

* LATN 305 or 306 taken once may count toward either the language component or the Classical Civilization component, but not both. When a student's previous language experience and career goals make it appropriate, the language requirement for the major in Classical Studies may be waived by the program coordinator, or the LAT 111-112 or GREK 121-122 sequence counted as sufficient for fulfillment. In these circumstances the additional 4 credits needed to reach the minimum of 36 credits required for the major must be taken from other classes under the CLAS, LAT, or GREK rubrics, or from appropriate classes approved by the Classics Program Coordinator in related disciplines. Intermediate level Biblical Hebrew may also be used to fulfill language requirement, when offered.

Other appropriate 300 and 400 level classes in related departments such as Art History may also be counted toward these sixteen credits, subject to the approval of the Classics Program Coordinator.

Major Requirements: Latin

COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE

HOURS

Civilization, Culture, Tradition

Latin majors must take 4 credits of History (either CLAS 209 or CLAS 210), plus eight additional credits from these other classes:

CLAS 105 Classical Mythology

CLAS 120 Classical Archaeology

CLAS 209 Greek History

CLAS 210 Roman History

CLAS 263 World Literature I

LATN 213 Intermediate Latin

GREK 213 Intermediate Greek

12 credits

Language, Translation, Rhetoric, Textual Analysis, and Etymology

LATN 305 Topics in Latin Prose

LATN 306 Topics in Latin Poetry *

12 credits

Synthesis and Specialization

One of these courses must be either CLAS 450 or LATN 471 – both generally will meet concurrently.‡

CLAS 330 Classical and World Epic

CLAS 350 Women in the Ancient World

CLAS 356 VWC in Greece

CLAS 360 Classical Virginia

CLAS 370 The Ancient World in Cinema

RELST 303 Saints and Heretics: Christian History I

PHIL 332 Ancient Philosophy

LATN 471 Teaching Practicum in Latin

4 credits

CLAS 450 Senior Seminar in Classics

4 credits


 

TOTAL

32

* LATN 305 and LATN 306 are repeatable for credit with different topics; students must take both 305 and 306 at least once, and must accrue 12 credits toward the major in this area. Students planning to proceed to graduate school are strongly encouraged to undertake more iterations of these courses.

Students are also strongly urged to undertake GREK 121 and GREK 122 and some 300 level Greek if they are considering attending graduate school in Classics, Archaeology, or a related discipline.

Other appropriate 300 and 400 level classes in related departments such as Art History may also be counted toward these four credits, subject to the approval of the Classics Program Coordinator.

The Minors: Classical Studies and Latin

The Minor in Classical Studies

The minor in Classical Studies shall consist of twenty credits taken in Classics, Latin, Greek, and related rubrics (to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the program coordinator), with the following stipulations:

  • A. At least three courses (12 credits out of the total 20) must be from the CLAS, LATN, or GREK rubric.  Courses cross-listed with these rubrics can also be counted toward these 12 credits.
  • B. At least three courses (12 credits out of the total 20) must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

 Requirements for a Classical Studies Minor:

Courses from the CLAS, LATN, GREK rubrics:

12 credits

Additional Courses:

These credits may come from the CLAS, LATN, or GREK rubrics, or from classes dealing with the ancient world taught under related rubrics like Art History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and others as approved by the Classics Department Coordinator.

8 credits

Total Credits*

20

 

*At least 12 of the 20 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

 

II. Requirements for the Minor in Latin.

The minor in Latin shall consist of twenty semester hours in Classics, Latin, Greek, or related areas (to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the program coordinator), distributed as follows:

A. At least three courses (12 semester hours) must be from the LATN rubric. At least two of these three courses must be at the three hundred level.

B. At least two further courses (8 semester hours) must be taken from Classics and related rubrics, one of which (4 semester hours) must be at the 300 level or above.

Requirements for a Latin Minor:

Latin

12 semester hours, at least 8 of which must be taken at the 300 level or above.

Classics and Related Rubrics (Latin, Greek, and relevant classes in Art History, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and others rubrics, as approved by the Classics Department Coordinator)

8 additional semester hours, of which 4 must be at the 300 level or above.

Total Semester Hours

20

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