2013-14 Catalogs

BA in Classics

Coordinators: Peter Aicher and Jeannine Uzzi, 47 Exeter Street, Portland

Students can choose from among three tracks for the classics major. The classical humanities track is an interdisciplinary major for students who value classics and its liberal arts approach to education and who wish to explore the ancient world and the classical tradition from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines. The classical languages track prepares students for graduate study in classics and is especially suited for students who want intensive study in Latin and ancient Greek. The Latin-for-teachers track prepares students to teach K-12 Latin.

Track 1: Classical Humanities Major

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) for the self-designed major in classical humanities: 51. For grade requirements, please refer to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures section of this catalog. Students have a great deal of choice within the major and will be advised by the coordinators to select courses that follow a logical sequence and build upon one another.

Required Courses
     I. Language (15-17 credits, depending on language preparation and courses taken):
          A. Three semesters of Latin or ancient Greek, at least one of which must be above the 100-level,
          B1. CLA 171 Etymology for Everyone
               AND one of the following: ENG 305, 330, 331, 337, or 338 (note where prerequisites apply).
          or
          B2. LIN 185 Language, Mind and Society
               AND LIN 313 Syntax
          Note: In the B category, 100-level courses must be taken before the 300-level.
     II. Literature (9 credits):
          1. CLA 283 Epic Hero
               or CLA 270 Homer's Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses
          2. CLA 384 What Would Antigone Do?
          3. One additional literature course with a non-CLA designation, such as PHI 215 Philosophy of Literature [prerequisite] or GER 281 The German Novelle
     III. History, Culture, and Civilization (12 credits)
          1. CLA 291 Golden Age of Greece
               or HTY 303 History of the Ancient Near East and Greece
          2. CLA 292 Rome, Republic to Empire or HTY 304 History of Rome
               Students may substitute HON 101G/H/I Wisdom Stories from Antiquity
               or HTY 101 Western Civilization for one of the courses listed in III.1 and III.2
          3. PHI 101
               or 110 Introduction to Philosophy
          4. CLA 285 Classical Mythology
     IV. Material Culture (3 credits)
               ARH 111 Art History: Prehistoric to Medieval
                    or CLA 321 The Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Ancient World
                    or 3 credits of study abroad in Greece or Rome (Centro, College Year in Athens, Lesbos, USM in Tuscany)
                    or ANT 103 Introduction to Archaeology
                    or ANT 202 Origins of Civilization
               Note: CLA 321 is equivalent to ARH 321 Classical Art
     V. Applied Skills (3 credits–choose one or propose your own)
          The ideal of education, as practiced in antiquity and passed on in the classical tradition, involves the application of knowledge and activity based upon that knowledge. Courses in this category are meant to make that ideal of education explicit and generally involve some aspect of praxis or performance, whether spoken, written, plastic, or field-based.
               ANT 260 Public Interpretation in Anthropology
               ENG 201 Creative Writing
               ENG 202 Memoir and Autobiography
               ENG 203 Topics in Writing
               ENG 299-304 Stonecoast Writers' Conference
               ENG 300 Fiction Writing
               ENG 301 Poetry Writing
               ENG 302 Fiction Workshop
               ENG 303 Poetry Workshop
               ENG 304 Advanced Memoir
               ENG 305 Rhetoric, Syntax, and Style
               ENG 309 Newswriting
               GEO 108 GIS Applications
               GEO 208 Cartography I
               THE 102 Acting: Performance
               THE 170 Public Speaking
               THE 175 Oral Interpretation
               THE 250 Playwriting
               Any Studio Art course
          Note: Students should be aware that ENG 201 is a prerequisite for other creative writing courses. Students should also be aware that the Art Department offers six foundations courses that are prerequisites for any advanced work in studio art.
     VI. Electives (6 credits–choose two from the list below or suggest another; electives must be 300-level or above, except as noted below)
               ANT 306 Analysis of Archaeological Materials
               ARH 321 Classical Art
               ARH 322 Medieval Art
               ARH 323 Renaissance Art
               ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies
               ENG 262 Introduction to Poetry
               ENG 264 Introduction to Drama
               The following ENG 300-level courses from the designations Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance: ENG 315, 316, 317, 320, 325, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 357, 360, 361, 362, and 363
               ENG 330 History of the English Language
               ENG 396 Joyce
               HTY 305 The Historical Jesus
               HTY 306 Roman Sexuality and Early Christianity
               HTY 307 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Origins and Interactions
               HTY 311 Medieval Civilization
               HTY 312 Renaissance Civilization
               PHI 310 History of Ancient Philosophy
               PHI 320 History of Medieval Philosophy
               POS 390 Political and Social Thought I
               THE 101 Intro to Drama
               THE 351 Dramatic Literature and Theater History I: Origins to 15th Century
          Any course in Latin or ancient Greek beyond the first semester and beyond that required for the major.
          Any modern language course beyond the third semester.
          Any studio art course that builds upon that taken to fulfill requirement V. (Applied Skills)
          Any creative writing course that builds upon that taken to fulfill requirement V. (Applied Skills)
     VII. CLA 410 Antiquity and Modernity: Capstone Experience in Classics

Track 2: Classical Languages Major

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) for the self-designed major in classical studies: 41. For grade requirements, please refer to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures section of this catalog.
     I. Languages (20 credits)
          A. Three Latin courses above the 100-level
          B. Ancient Greek 101, 102, and 251
     II. Civilization and Literature (18 credits)
          A. CLA 291 Golden Age of Greece OR HTY 303 History of Ancient Near East and Greece
          B. CLA 292 Rome, from Republic to Empire OR HTY 304 History of Rome
          C. One of the following courses in ancient literature:
               CLA 270 Homer's Odyssey and Joyce's Ulysses
               CLA 283 Epic Hero
               ENG 315 Ancient Literature
          D. CLA 285 Classical Mythology
               or CLA 384 What Would Antigone Do?
          E. Two courses (six credits) from the following list:
               ARH/CLA 321 Classical Art/Art, Architecture, and Archaeology of the Ancient World
               HTY 306 Roman Sexuality and Christianity
               PHI 310 History of Ancient Philosophy
               POS 390 Political and Social Thought I
               Additional LAT 470 course(s) beyond those required for the major
          Students may petition to count other courses related to antiquity in this category.
     III. Capstone
     CLA 410 Antiquity and Modernity: Capstone Experience in Classics

Track 3: Latin for Teachers

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) for the self-designed Latin for teachers major is 41 credits. For grade requirements, please refer to the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures section of this catalog.

Language and LiteratureCredits
     1. LAT 101, 102, 251, 252, 310, 470, 470 (or 23 total credits of LAT)23
     2. CLA 171 Etymology for Everyone3
     3. CLA 410 Capstone Experience in Classics with significant work in Latin)3
History and Civilization 
     1. CLA 285 Classical Mythology3
     2. CLA 292 Rome: Republic to Empire3
          or HTY 304 History of Rome 
Electives 
     1. Two additional courses from among the following on Greek culture or language: ARH/CLA 321, CLA 283, CLA 292, CLA 384, HTY 303, PHI 310, POS 390, or any course in ancient Greek (GRE).6-8