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Classics

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

Karen Hersch, Advisor
325 Anderson Hall
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khersch@temple.edu

Colleen Knapp, 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.

 

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 I 4 LA
Greek Ancient/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin II 4 LA
Greek Ancient/Latin 2001 Ancient Greek/Latin III 3 LB
Greek Ancient/Latin 2002 Ancient Greek/Latin IV 3  
Greek Ancient/Latin 3002 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature II 3  
         
Greek Ancient/Latin Electives Select two courses in Ancient Greek and/or Latin languages. 
If exempt from beginning Ancient Greek 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  
GRC

GRC
3001/3196

3296
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
    or
Comparative Mythology
  WI

WI
         
Select two:     6  
GRC 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 Ancient Greek or Latin.
**May include advanced courses in Ancient 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
GRC 2101 The Greeks 3  
GRC 2102 The Romans 3  
     
Language Requirement: 7-8  
Greek Ancient/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin I   LA
Greek Ancient/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin II   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  
GRC 3596 Ancient City: Periclean Athens   WI
GRC 3696 Ancient City: Hellenistic Alexandria   WI
GRC 3796 Ancient City: Augustan Rome   WI
GRC 3896 Ancient City: Byzantium   WI
GRC 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  
GRC 1003 Greek Drama & Culture   AR
GRC 1004 Introduction to the Ancient City   IS
GRC 2001 Slavery in Antiquity    
GRC 2002 Gender in Classical Antiquity    
GRC 2003 Race: Ancient & Modern   RG
GRC 3311 Ancient Greek Historians    
GRC 3312 Ancient Roman Historians    
GRC 3096 Romans and Their Literature   WI
GRC 3001 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology    
GRC 3196 Classical Greek & Roman Mythology (Writing Intensive)   WI
GRC 3296 Comparative Mythology   WI
GRC 3396 Classical Epic   WI
GRC 3000 Topics in Classical Culture    
GRC 3496 Writing Seminar   WI
Greek/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 IV or proficiency 0-14  
GRC

GRC
3001/3196

3296
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
    or
Comparative Mythology
3 WI

WI
GRC 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 II or proficiency 0-8 LA
Select one of the following:   3  
GRC 3001/3196
3296
3396
Classical Greek & Roman Mythology
Comparative Mythology
Classical Epic
  WI
WI
WI
Select two courses*:     6  
GRC 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
         
GRC 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
Ancient Greek/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin I 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Ancient Greek/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin II 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Ancient Greek/Latin 2001 Ancient Greek/Latin III 3 LB
IH 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
Ancient Greek/Latin 2002 Ancient Greek/Latin IV 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  
Ancient Greek/Latin 3002 Readings in Greek/Latin Literature II 3  
GRC 1003-4999 One GRC 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  
Ancient Greek/Latin 1000+ One Ancient Greek or Latin Language Course 3-4  
GRC 1003-4999 One GRC 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
Ancient Greek/Latin 1000+ One Ancient Greek or Latin Language course 3-4  
Ancient Greek/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
GRC 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
Ancient Greek/Latin 1001 Ancient Greek/Latin I 4 LA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Ancient Greek/Latin 1002 Ancient Greek/Latin II 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
Ancient Greek/Latin/
GenEd
0800+ Ancient Greek/Latin III or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3 GG
IH 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
GRC 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
GRC 1000+ One GRC Elective From the Approved List 3  
GRC 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  
GRC 1000+ One GRC Elective From the Approved List 3  
GRC 3000+ One GRC 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  
GRC 2000+ One GRC Elective From the Approved List 3  
GRC 3000+ One GRC 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 GRC 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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