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The Classics faculty at Marquette offers two majors: Classical Languages and Classical Studies. In the Classical Languages major, students learn to read, translate, and interpret Latin and Ancient Greek texts through a close reading of the principal authors. Our graduates are well-rounded Classicists, who also possess a keen appreciation of the English language and its Classical roots. They are well prepared for graduate and professional work in such fields as Classics, Theology, Philosophy, Law, Journalism, Public Service and Education. The major consists of 30 credit hours, including LATN 2001 Intermediate Latin 1 and LATN 2002 Intermediate Latin 2 and GREK 1001 Elementary Greek 1 and GREK 1002 Elementary Greek 2. Marquette also offers a Classical Languages program for Education Majors (with some additional requirements) and a Minor in Classical Languages (20 credits).

The Classical Studies major appeals to the diverse interests of 21st–century students. It focuses on the wisdom of the Classical World and its influence on modern civilization. Students in this program combine two years of Latin OR Greek with courses in various disciplines, most of which they may elect to suit their special interests. This is an ideal ‘second’ major for persons bound for graduate school or the professions, who desire a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The major consists of 36 credit hours, including LATN 2001 Intermediate Latin 1 and LATN 2002 Intermediate Latin 2 or GREK 2001 Intermediate Greek 1 and GREK 2002 Intermediate Greek 2, and 21 elective credit hours in ancient languages, civilization or tradition.
 

 

Major in Classical Languages

The major in Classical Languages consists of ten courses with a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 14 credit hours of required courses and the completion of Concentration 1 (16 credit hours) or Concentration 2 (16 credit hours).

College of Education students must complete Concentration 2 and the additional requirements associated with teaching certification as listed below, including 3 credit hours for FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.

Required courses:
LATN 2001Intermediate Latin 13
LATN 2002Intermediate Latin 23
GREK 1001Elementary Greek 14
GREK 1002Elementary Greek 24
Additional Requirements:
Completion of Concentration 1 or 2 as listed below16
Total Credit Hours30

Students must complete Concentration 1 or Concentration 2.

Concentration 1: Classical Languages

Sixteen additional credit hours (3-4 courses) in Latin (LATN) or Greek (GREK) courses.

A maximum of one course may be taken in courses listed under Classics (CLAS).

Concentration 2: Classical Languages for Education Majors

Sixteen additional credit hours (3-4 courses) in Latin (LATN) courses

Additional Requirements for Concentration 2: Classical Languages for Education Majors

  1. Maintenance of a minimum 2.750 grade point average in Latin (LATN) courses.
  2. Passing a competence examination in Latin before being permitted to register for FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.
  3. Completion of FOLA 4000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures.

 

Minor in Classical Languages

The minor in Classical Languages consists of six courses with a minimum of 20 credit hours as listed below:

Required Courses:
GREK 1001Elementary Greek 14
GREK 1002Elementary Greek 24
LATN 2001Intermediate Latin 13
LATN 2002Intermediate Latin 23
Electives: Choose 2 additional Latin (LATN) or Greek (GREK) Courses6
Total Credit Hours20

Major in Classical Studies

The major in Classical Studies consists of 12 courses: 15 required credit hours and 21 elective credit hours for a minimum of 36 credit hours as listed below:

Required Courses:
Choose Greek or Latin language sequence:6
Intermediate Greek 1
   and Intermediate Greek 2
Intermediate Latin 1
   and Intermediate Latin 2
History Courses:
HIST 1201History of Western Art 13
HIST 3201Ancient Greece and Rome3
Philosophy Course:
PHIL 3610Ancient Philosophy3
Electives: Choose seven courses in Ancient Languages, Civilization or Tradition. 21
Depending on course content, electives may be fulfilled with such courses as:
Justice and Power
Citizens, Beasts, or Gods?
New Testament Overview
Digging the Bible: Archeology and Biblical Studies
History of Theatre 1
Classical Rhetorical Theory
Total Credit Hours36

Minor in Classical Studies

The minor in Classical Studies consists of 8 courses: 15 required credit hours and 9 elective credit hours for a minimum of 24 credit hours as listed below:

Required Courses:
Choose Greek or Latin language sequence:6
Intermediate Greek 1
   and Intermediate Greek 2
Intermediate Latin 1
   and Intermediate Latin 2
History Courses:
HIST 1201History of Western Art 13
HIST 3201Ancient Greece and Rome3
Philosophy Course:
PHIL 3610Ancient Philosophy3
Electives: Choose three courses in Ancient Languages, Civilization or Tradition9
Depending on course content, electives may be fulfilled with such courses as:
Justice and Power
Citizens, Beasts, or Gods?
New Testament Overview
Digging the Bible: Archeology and Biblical Studies
History of Theatre 1
Classical Rhetorical Theory
Total Credit Hours24

Classics Courses

CLAS 1001. Greek and Latin Origins of Medical and Specialized Terminology. 3 cr. hrs.

Systematic presentation of the most common Greek and Latin words whose derivations are important in medical, scientific and specialized terminology, such as that of psychology and law. Exercises in word-building and analysis of definitions. Study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. Does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3000. Greek and Roman Epic Poetry. 3 cr. hrs.

A study of the origins and development of classical epic, including readings in English translation from the works of Homer and Vergil. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3005. Classical Foundations of European Literature. 3 cr. hrs.

An introduction to the classical tradition in Western literature through comparison of ancient and modern texts. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3015. Greek and Roman Tragedy. 3 cr. hrs.

A study of the origins and development of classical tragedy, with readings in English translation from the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3020. Greek and Roman Comedy. 3 cr. hrs.

Origins and development, with readings in English translation of the individual plays of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, and Terence. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3025. Classical Mythology. 3 cr. hrs.

Greek and Roman myths and legends in ancient literature and religion. Influence of Classical Mythology on the Western literary tradition. The heroic exploits and modern psychological motifs. Survey and viewing of the enormous artistic legacy inspired by the Classical myths. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required; does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3030. Greek and Roman Rhetoric. 3 cr. hrs.

A study of the origins and development of classical rhetoric, with readings in English translation from the works of Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Rhetor, Antiphon, Lysias, Demosthenes, and others. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3200. Greek Civilization and Art. 3 cr. hrs.

Major achievements of the Ancient Greeks in literature and art presented in a historical framework. Survey of the architectural remains and masterpieces of Greek sculpture. Frequent visual supplementation of art and architecture. Background readings and discussion on such topics as Greek religious cults, the philosophical schools, pan-Hellenic competitions, and the role of the theatre in civic life. Knowledge of Greek not required; does not count toward the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3205. Roman Civilization and Art. 3 cr. hrs.

Major achievements of Ancient Romans in literature, art, and architecture presented in a historical framework. Survey of the architectural remains. Background readings and discussions on such topics as Roman religious cults, the rise of Christianity, Stoicism and Roman Principate, rhetoric and education, and the legacy of Roman law. Knowledge of Latin not required; does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 3210. Greek and Roman Literature in English Translation. 3 cr. hrs.

Readings in English translation from Greek and Latin authors. Knowledge of Greek or Latin not required. May be counted as part of the Arts and Sciences literature curriculum requirement, but does not count toward fulfillment of the foreign language requirement.

CLAS 4931. Topics in Classical Civilization and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics will vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: Sr. stndg., or cons. of dept. ch.

CLAS 4995. Independent Study in Classical Civilization and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Independent study with a faculty member centered on a particular topic in Classical Civilization and Literature. Prereq: cons. of dept. ch.

Greek Courses

GREK 1001. Elementary Greek 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Morphology and syntax of Attic Greek of the 5th-4th centuries B.C., the basis for all later literary dialects, such as Hellenistic and Koine (the language of the New Testament), and extending into the Byzantine period. Grammar exercises and readings of original texts. Open to students with no previous study of Greek or by departmental placement.

GREK 1002. Elementary Greek 2. 4 cr. hrs.

Continuation of GREK 1001. Exercises in Attic Greek morphology and syntax. Composition in Ancient Greek. Development of translation and comprehension abilities with extensive reading from original texts of Aristophanes, Demosthenes, and the New Testament. Prereq: GREK 1001.

GREK 2001. Intermediate Greek 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Review of Greek morphology and syntax, with connected readings from Greek prose authors including Plato. Prereq: GREK 1002; or by departmental placement.

GREK 2002. Intermediate Greek 2. 3 cr. hrs.

Extensive readings in Greek from Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Background readings and discussions on the nature of oral epic, the Mycenaean world, and the archaeological evidence for the Trojan War. Study of dactylic hexameter meter and metrical reading of Homeric lines. Prereq: GREK 2001; or by departmental placement.

GREK 3500. Studies in Classical Greek Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Variable readings in Classical Greek literature. May be repeated when course content is different. Prereq: GREK 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

GREK 4931. Topics in Greek Language, Culture and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: Sr. stndg. or cons. of dept. ch.

GREK 4995. Independent Study in Greek. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

Latin Courses

LATN 1001. Elementary Latin 1. 4 cr. hrs.

Introduction to Latin morphology and syntax, with graded readings and cultural information. Open to students with no previous study of Latin; or by departmental placement.

LATN 1002. Elementary Latin 2. 4 cr. hrs.

Continuation of LATN 1001. Exercises in Latin morphology and syntax with graded readings and cultural information. Prereq: LATN 1001; or by departmental placement.

LATN 2001. Intermediate Latin 1. 3 cr. hrs.

Exercises in advanced Latin morphology and syntax with graded readings in Latin prose and poetry and cultural information. Prereq: LATN 1002; or by departmental placement.

LATN 2002. Intermediate Latin 2. 3 cr. hrs.

A continuation of LATN 2001. Review of Latin morphology and syntax with extended readings from Latin literature. Prereq: LATN 2001; or by departmental placement.

LATN 4100. Latin Prose Composition. 3 cr. hrs.

Systematic review of Latin syntax. Exercises of increasing difficulty in writing Latin prose. Analysis of prose of selected Roman authors. Creative writing in Latin. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4115. Medieval Latin. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading, translation, and analysis of a wide selection of Medieval Latin texts in prose and verse. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4505. Vergil: Aeneid. 3 cr. hrs.

Translation of selections from Books 1-12 of Vergil's great national epic, the Aeneid, telling of the journey of Aeneas from fallen Troy to the shores of Italy. Background readings and discussions on Vergil's literary debt to Homer, The Aeneid as a national epic, and the Roman view of the Trojan legacy. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4510. Horace: Odes. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading, translation, and analysis of selected lyric poems of Horace. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4515. Roman Elegiac Poetry. 3 cr. hrs.

Translations of selections from the love poems of Tibullus, Propertius, and Ovid. Background readings and discussions on the origin and conventions of Roman elegiac poetry. Study of the elegiac couplet. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4520. Roman Comedy: Plautus and Terence. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading in Latin of several comedies from the works of Plautus and Terence, Rome's surviving comic playwrights. Comedies translated may include Plautus' Miles Gloriosus, Menaechmi, and Mostellaria; and Terence's Adelphi and Woman of Andros. Background readings and discussion on the origin and conventions of Roman comedy and the technicalities of staging a Roman comedy. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4525. Tacitus: Germania and Agricola. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading, translation, and analysis of selections from the shorter works of Tacitus, with additional selections from the Annales. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4530. Cicero: Political and Philosophical Writings. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading, translation, and analysis of selections from the speeches and dialogues of Cicero. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4550. Advanced Studies in Latin Poetry. 3 cr. hrs.

Reading, translation and analysis of a major Latin poet such as Catullus, Ovid or Juvenal. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of instr.

LATN 4560. Advanced Studies in Latin Prose. 3 cr. hrs.

Readings translation and interpretation of a major Latin prose author such as Sallust, Livy, Seneca, Quintilian or St. Augustine. Prereq: LATN 2002; or cons. of instr.

LATN 4931. Topics in Latin Language, Culture and Literature. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Topics vary. Subject to be announced. Prereq: Sr. stndg. or cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4995. Independent Study in Latin. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

LATN 4999. Senior Thesis in Latin. 2 cr. hrs.

Introductory thesis guidance for approved students under the direction of a departmental adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.