The Department of Classics studies the cultures, history, languages, literatures and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean world from approximately 2500 BCE to approximately 500 CE, with particular emphasis on the civilizations of Greece, Rome, and Egypt and their reciprocal relations with surrounding Near Eastern, African, and European societies. Undergraduate majors in Classics choose among three options: Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization.
In keeping with the spirit of learner-centered education, our students are the measure of our success, and we value the uses they make of our faculty, classes and other resources. To that end the Department of Classics uses a variety of techniques to assess student accomplishments in its various undergraduate programs, with particular concern for the systematic development of reading, writing and communication skills; analytical thinking; technological awareness; and broad cultural and transcultural understanding and intercultural competencies. The undergraduate Classics degree provides a unique perspective on contemporary life, culture, international relations, the arts, philosophy, literature, and global leadership.
Outcomes for All Majors
- Maintaining satisfactory progress to degree based on careful advising.
- Knowledge of career options for holders of the B.A. in Classics.
- A language-learning environment, and other learning environments, in which all students are at approximately the same level in order to facilitate learning.
- The ability to contribute to a culturally diverse community.
- The ability to think critically, communicate effectively, and to conceptualize and synthesize knowledge.
- The ability to formulate and study questions worth pursuing to produce original and creative responses and research, and present the results of that research through written and oral evidence.
- The ability to distinguish philosophical, social, and cultural movements in ancient Mediterranean societies, as well as ways in which age, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, values, religion, and geographic regions affect cultural and social behavior.
- The ability to analyze evidence and identify the origins, development, and consequences of problematic aspects of ancient Mediterranean societies.
- The ability to communicate the results of investigation by formulating clear and cogent arguments based upon textual, archaeological, visual, documentary, and other evidence.
- The ability to organize and assess artifacts and literary and material culture and discuss archaeological milestones in their historical, cultural, and artistic contexts.
- The ability to take intellectual risks through rigorous academic exchanges in individualized and collective inquiry, and through community engagement.
- Knowledge of international and multicultural perspectives through departmental travel, study abroad, and excavation opportunities in Egypt, Greece and Italy.
- Development of reading skills at the Basic and Intermediate levels. Students who exceed these levels are assigned to courses at the Advanced level in the target language where they will attain fluency in reading, interpreting, and responding to ancient texts.
- The ability to compete successfully in national Greek and Latin language translation contests and for scholarships sponsored by national and international Classics organizations.
Regular or Recurring Activities
- Placement examinations in Latin and Ancient or Modern Greek
- GPA in major
- GPA in additional upper-division courses in Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization
- Participation in capstone courses
- Written questionnaires for seniors
- Senior interviews with advisors
Last Modified: 02/09/2013