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Classics

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Robin Mitchell-Boyask, Department Chair
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robin@temple.edu

Karen Hersch, Advisor
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Michelle A. Pugliese
Administrator
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Students in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics study the cultures and languages of two major civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. Classics is an interdisciplinary field of study which encompasses major disciplines of the liberal arts: languages, history, literature, art, and philosophy. Students select from two different major concentration options: either Classical Languages & Literature or Classical Civilization, depending on their interests and goals.

Classics offers a sound liberal arts background that prepares students for any career. Classics majors have held senior positions in government, law, and public service organizations, have founded and headed companies and organizations, and have worked as correspondents and journalists. Recent Temple Classics majors have gone on to law school, veterinary school, graduate school, and business and teaching careers.

Classics Majors and Minors are encouraged to study a semester at Temple's Rome Campus.

The organization for majors and minors is Zeta Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Society for Classics.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements for the Major in Classics

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Humanities majors, 6 upper level credits must be earned in the Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3. Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (35 s.h.):

Select either the option in Classical Languages & Literature or Classical Civilizations.  Students are not permitted to take both concentrations.

Classical Languages and Literatures Major Concentration

Minimum of 35 credits in Greek & Roman Classic, Greek (Ancient) or Latin courses

 Specifically required courses:

  • Seven courses in Greek (Ancient) or Latin 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3002, and two additional courses in Greek (Ancient) or Latin
  • Greek (Ancient) or Latin 3096
  • One course in Mythology: Greek & Roman Classic 3001/3196, or 3296

Electives in Major:

  • Two courses in Greek and Roman Classic, numbered 1003-4999
OR

Classical Civilizations Major Concentration

Minimum of 35 credits in Greek & Roman Classic, Greek (Ancient) or Latin courses

Specifically required courses:

  • Greek & Roman Classic 2101
  • Greek & Roman Classic 2102

Language Requirement:

  • Greek (Ancient) or Latin 1001
  • Greek (Ancient) or Latin 1002

Arrays within the Major:

  • Select two Writing Intensive Courses from:  Greek & Roman Classic 3596, 3696, 3796, 3896, or 3897
  • Select one Art History course from: Art History 2105, 2111, 2135, 2215, 2129, 2196, or 2216
  • Select three courses from: Greek & Roman Classic 1003, 1004, 2001, 2002, 2003, 3000, 3001, 3096, 3196, 3296, 3311, 3312, 3396, 3496
  • Select one course in Greek (Ancient) or Latin, numbered 2001 or higher.

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Distinction in Major

Distinction in Major requires a senior thesis and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Greek, Latin, or Greek and Roman Classics courses.

Classical Languages & Literatures Major Concentration

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin 1 4 LA
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin 2 4 LA
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 2001 Ancient Greek/Latin 3 3 LB
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 2002 Ancient Greek/Latin 4 3  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 3002 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature II 3  
         
Greek (Ancient)/Latin Electives Select two courses in Greek (Ancient) and/or Latin languages. 
If exempt from beginning Greek (Ancient) and/or Latin courses
through placement, substitute additional electives until
a total of seven language courses is completed.
6-8  
         
One Writing Capstone:   3  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 3096 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature I*   WI
         
Select one from:   3  
Greek & Roman Classic

Greek & Roman Classic
3001/3196

3296
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
    or
Comparative Mythology
  -/WI

WI
         
Select two:     6  
Greek & Roman Classic 1003-4999 Electives**    
         
Total     35-37  
Note: Greek (Ancient) 1003 (7 s.h.) may be substituted for Greek (Ancient) 1001 and 1002.
*Capstone course in major; select Greek (Ancient) or Latin.  Two Writing Intensive courses must be selected.
**May include advanced courses in Greek (Greek) and/or Latin.  Or may include related courses in other departments,
per departmental approval.

 

Classical Civilizations Major Concentration

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek & Roman Classic 2101 The Greeks 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 2102 The Romans 3  
     
Language Requirement: 7-8  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin 1   LA
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin 2   LA
Note: Greek (Ancient) 1003 (7 s.h.) may be substituted for Greek (Ancient) 1001 and 1002.    
     
Select two Writing-Intensive courses on the Ancient City from the following options: 6  
Greek & Roman Classic 3596 Ancient City: Periclean Athens   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3696 Ancient City: Hellenistic Alexandria   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3796 Ancient City: Augustan Rome   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3896 Ancient City: Byzantium   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3897 Ancient City: Jerusalem   WI
         
Select one course in the history of the art of the ancient world from the following options: 4  
Art History 2105 Roman Art and Archaeology    
Art History 2111 Minoan Art    
Art History 2135 Art and Culture of Rome    
Art History 2215 Late Antique/Byzantine Art    
Art History 2129 Greek and Roman Sculpture    
Art History 2196 Greek and Roman Sculpture (Writing Intensive)   WI
Art History 2216 Early Medieval Visual Culture    
 
Select four electives; up to three may be drawn from this listing of Greek & Roman Classics courses: 9  
Greek & Roman Classic 1003 Greek Drama & Culture   AR
Greek & Roman Classic 1004 Introduction to the Ancient City   IS
Greek & Roman Classic 2001 Slavery in Antiquity    
Greek & Roman Classic 2002 Gender in Classical Antiquity    
Greek & Roman Classic 2003 Race: Ancient & Modern   RG
Greek & Roman Classic 3311 Ancient Greek Historians    
Greek & Roman Classic 3312 Ancient Roman Historians    
Greek & Roman Classic 3096 Romans and Their Literature   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3001 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology    
Greek & Roman Classic 3196 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology (Writing Intensive)   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3296 Comparative Mythology   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3396 Classical Epic   WI
Greek & Roman Classic 3000 Topics in Classical Culture    
Greek & Roman Classic 3496 Writing Seminar   WI
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 2001 or higher Intermediate or Advanced language courses    
     
Note: The fourth elective must be taken in a related department, with consultation of your
academic advisor.
This elective may come from Anthropology, History, Art History, Religion or Philosophy.
3-4  
         
Total     35-37  

 

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses, one of which will be the capstone. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

Requirements for the Minor In Classical Languages and Literature

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001-2002 Ancient Greek/Latin 4 or proficiency 0-14  
Greek & Roman Classic

Greek & Roman Classic
3001/3196

3296
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
    or
Comparative Mythology
3 -/WI

WI
Greek & Roman Classic Electives Four additional courses (see note below) 12  
Total     15-29  
Note: At least two of these courses must be above the 2000-level. Courses must fall under the following categories:
a) Advanced courses in Greek (Ancient) and/or Latin; b) Courses in Classical Culture; c) Courses on aspects of the
ancient Greek and Roman world offered in other Temple departments such as Art History, History, Religion, and
Philosophy, and approved by the department advisor.

Note: Greek (Ancient) 1003 (7 s.h.) may be substituted for Greek (Ancient) 1001 and 1002.

 

Requirements for the Minor in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001-1002 Ancient Greek/Latin 2 or proficiency 0-8 LA
Select one of the following:   3  
Greek & Roman Classic 3001/3196
3296
3396
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
Comparative Mythology
Classical Epic
  -/WI
WI
WI
Select two courses*:     6  
Greek & Roman Classic 3596
3696
3002/3796
3003/3896
3897
Ancient City: Periclean Athens
Ancient City: Hellenistic Alexandria
Ancient City: Augustan Rome
Ancient City: Byzantium
Ancient City: Jerusalem
  WI
WI
-/WI
-/WI
WI
         
Greek & Roman Classic Elective One additional course at or above 2000^ 3  
Total     12-20  
         
*Cycle of five cities offered: Jerusalem, Augustan Rome, Byzantium, Periclean Athens, Hellenistic Alexandria.
^The elective can be from this department or from another department, such as Anthropology, Art History, Religion, History, or Philosophy, as approved by Greek & Roman Classics department advisors.

 

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the Classical Languages & Literatures Major Concentration

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin 1 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin 2 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 2001 Ancient Greek/Latin 3 3 LB
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 2002 Ancient Greek/Latin 4 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 3002 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature II 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 1003-4999 One Greek & Roman Classic Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1000+ One Greek (Ancient) or Latin Language Course 3-4  
Greek & Roman Classic 1003-4999 One Greek & Roman Classic Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1000+ One Greek (Ancient) or Latin Language course 3-4  
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 3096 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature I 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek & Roman Classic 3001/3196
  or
3296
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
    or

Comparative Mythology
3 -/WI

WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the Classical Civilizations Major Concentration

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin 1 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Greek (Ancient)/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin 2 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race and Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Greek (Ancient)/Latin/
GenEd
0800+ Ancient Greek/Latin III or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Greek & Roman Classic 2101 The Greeks 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-2  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Greek & Roman Classic 1000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Elective From the Approved List 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 2102 The Romans 3  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 1000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Elective From the Approved List 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 3000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Writing-Intensive Course
From the Approved List
3 WI
Art History 2000+ One 2000+ Art History Course From Approved List 4  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 2000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Elective From the Approved List 3  
Greek & Roman Classic 3000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Writing-Intensive Course
From the Approved List
3 WI
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA (see above)
1000+ One Greek & Roman Classic Elective (Consult With Faculty
Advisor for Approval)
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

 

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