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Undergraduate Program

Courses in Classics

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

CLA 100 THE ANCIENT WORLD

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Last Offered: Summer 2012

CLA 102 CULTURAL HISTORY OF ANCIENT GREECE

Survey the military, political, and social history of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the death of Alexander.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

CLA 115 ROMAN WORLD

An examination of the history of Rome. Over the course of a few hundred years, Rome grew from a small village into the capital city of one of the world’s greatest empires. How did a small town in central Italy succeed in imposing its government and cultural values throughout the Mediterranean world and beyond? And why did the Roman political and cultural system ultimately fail? Why do ancient Roman values and accomplishments still resonate with us so much today? Throughout this class, these are some of the questions we will attempt to answer.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 134 Alexander the Great

This course provides both a survey of the career of Alexander the Great and an introduction to the historiographical traditions (ancient and modern) that shape our understanding of his legacy. We will focus primarily on two clusters of problems. First, we will examine what Alexander’s career can tell us about the dynamics of ancient empires. Second, we will grapple with the interpretative challenges generated by our sources, which consist largely of literary accounts produced by authors who wrote long after Alexander’s own lifetime and who relied on earlier texts that no longer survive. All sources will be read in English translation.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 135 CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY

Introduction to the mythology of the classical world. We will examine the major myths about the gods, the origins and nature of the universe, and the heroic past, as they developed in the Greek world and as they were adapted in the Roman world. We will consider the nature and function of myth in society, some theoretical approaches to myth, and the way in which myths were adapted by Greek and Roman authors to fit a particular literary or historical context. This course will also devote time to comparing the classical system of myths to other mythological systems.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 140 CLASSICAL & SCRIPTURAL BACKGROUND

The great tradition, from Homer, Greek drama, Plato, and Virgil to the Bible and Dante.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 142 THE IDEAS OF THE GREEKS

A study of the major literary, philosophical, religious, and historical themes, and ideas from Homer to Aristotle.

CLA 152 ATHENIAN DEMOCRACY

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 199 THE INFINITE

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

CLA 200 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

This course introduces the student to the field of archaeology through three units of study: 1) The history of excavation from ancient to modern times, 2) The techniques of excavation and the analysis of material remains, 3) Modern theories of cultural interpretation of archaeological sites.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 202 EROS & MADNESS IN PLATO

A careful and thorough line by line study of Plato's PHAEDRUS and SYMPOSIUM with a view to understanding each dialogue in itself and Plato's philosophic art of poetic composition. Some major themes in Plato will be intensively explored, such as The Soul and its parts, the immortality of The Soul, the nature of learning, Eros and philosophic passion, and others. Mostly discussion.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

CLA 203 HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPH

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 204 ENGINEERING & SOCIETY IN ANTIQUITY

This course explores the relationship between, on the one hand, engineering and technological advances and, on the other hand, social practices in ancient Greece and Rome.

CLA 204W BLDG ENG & SOCIETY CLSCLANT

Explores the relationship between, on the one hand, building practices, engineering and technological advances and, on the other hand, social practices in ancient Greece and Rome.

Last Offered: Fall 2016

CLA 205 EARLY CIVILIZATION AFRICA

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 209 ANCIENT ROMAN RELIGION

This course explores the religion of the ancient Romans from the time of the founding of the city of Rome in the eighth century BC to the end of the Roman imperial period in the fifth century AD.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 210 JUDAISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

CLA 213 ROMAN STRUCTURES: ENGINEERING IN THE CLASSICAL WORLD

Roman civil engineering structures, focusing on mechanics, hydraulics, and materials as used in antiquity.

CLA 214 THE ANCIENT CITY

Urbanism in the ancient Mediterranean world. Survey of the rise of cities in the Near East and Egypt and detailed study of the cities and colonies of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, using the evidence of archaeological remains.

Last Offered: Fall 2015

CLA 215 GREEK DRAMA

A survey course in English of important works of ancient Greek drama, both tragedy and comedy, with particular attention paid to the historical, social, mythological, and performative contexts.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 216 ANCIENT EPIC

Close readings of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid will be supplemented by critical texts that examine the tremendous social and civic import of epic in antiquity and the broader cultural contexts in which the genre flourished. The significance of the epic singer, the distinction between oral and written compositional techniques, and notions of gender, class, and empire in the ancient world will be topics of investigation that inform our reading of the epic texts.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

CLA 217 ROMAN POETRY

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Last Offered: Spring 2012

CLA 218 ANCIENT MEDICINE

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Last Offered: Spring 2014

CLA 219 GREEK TRAGEDY

Students in this course will read the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in order to examine the religious practices, political intrigues, social lives and ethics of the ancient Athenians. No previous knowledge of Greek history or language is required.

Last Offered: Spring 2015

CLA 220 CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: GREEK ART & ARCHAEOLOGY

This course examines the physical remains of ancient Greek civilization, with an emphasis on architecture, sculpture, painting, and other visual arts, in order to understand Greek culture and society.

Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 220W CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: GREEK ART & ARCHAEOLOGY

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 221 CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: ROMAN ART & ARCHAEOLOGY

An examination of the physical remains of ancient Roman civilization, with an emphasis on architecture, sculpture, painting, and other visual arts, in order to understand Roman culture and society.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 221W CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY: ROMAN ART & ARCHAEOLOGY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 222 POMPEII & THE BAY OF NAPLES

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Last Offered: Fall 2012

CLA 223 (AREZZO) IT MONUMENTS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 224 SACRED SPACES IN GREECE

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

CLA 224X SACRED SPACES IN GREECE

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CLA 228 BODY IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 235 THEORIES OF MYTH

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

CLA 235W THEORIES OF MYTH

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Last Offered: Fall 2015

CLA 237 HERCULES: MYTH LEGACY

In this discussion-based class we will examine the myths surrounding Hercules, as well as his representation in literature, art, and film from the ancient world to modern times. Pertinent questions include how Hercules has been imagined, why his myths have persisted so strongly, and what his significance has been in various contexts over time. All readings will be in English.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 250 ETHNIC IDENTITY ANCIENT GREECE/ROME

This course explores: theories about the roles of race, language, and culture in the construction of identity; the relative usefulness of historical and archaeological methodologies in attempts to understand past conceptions of identity; ethnic identity and the ethnic groups of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as presented by specific ancient texts and archaeological remains; and the ways in which modern and contemporary ethnic issues have influenced the study of classical antiquity.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

CLA 251 Ancient Greek and Roman Historiography

This course will provide a survey of the most important historical writers of the Greek and Roman world. We will read extensive selections from their work in translation, and discuss both the development of historiography as a literary genre and the development of history as a discipline in the ancient world. Finally, we will consider the implications these findings hold for our ability to use the works of Greek and Roman historical writers in our own efforts to construct narratives of the past. All sources will be read in English translation.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 252 Athenian Democracy

Athenian democracy is often pointed to as one of the precursors of our own political system, but where did it come from, how did it function, and what did Athenians, and other Greeks, think of their system of government? This course will examine: 1) the development of radical democracy as practiced in ancient Athens both in its theoretical and practical aspects; 2) the impact this form of government had on both Greek culture and history and on later cultures; and 3) the proponents and opponents of this system of government, both ancient and modern. In addition to reading, discussing, and analyzing ancient sources, the course will include a series of debates on the merits of various forms of government, including our own, in which students will have to argue either for or against that form of government, and students will then vote, Athenian style, for the winner.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 299 FIELD METHODS IN ARCHAEOLOGY

In this course, taught on site at an archaeological excavation, students receive instruction and hands-on training in archaeological field and laboratory work, including remote sensing in archaeology, on-site surveying, excavation techniques, field documentation, and artifact identification and processing.

Last Offered: Summer 2017

CLA 300 ADVANCED FIELD METHODS IN ARCHAEOLOGY

Students receive instruction and hands-on training in archaeological field and laboratory work, including remote sensing in archaeology, on-site surveying, excavation techniques, field documentation, and artifact identification and processing.

Last Offered: Summer 2011

CLA 301 ANCIENT ROMAN AQUED.-AREZZO

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Last Offered: Fall 2013

CLA 302 ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICA

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Last Offered: Spring 2016

CLA 315 HEROIC HEART: MAHABHARATA

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Last Offered: Fall 2016

CLA 388 SUPERVISED RESEARCH IN AREZZ

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Last Offered: Summer 2012

CLA 389 JUNIOR/SENIOR SEMINAR

In this class students will develop projects focused on Latin or Greek texts of their own choosing based on a particular theme.

Last Offered: Fall 2010

CLA 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 391 INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 391W INDEPENDENT STUDY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 392 HONORS RESEARCH

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 393 SENIOR PROJECT

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 393W SENIOR PROJECT

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLA 394 INTERNSHIP

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLA 450 ETHNIC IDENTITY ANC GRC/ROME

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Last Offered: Fall 2010

CLA 451 ANCIENT GREEK HISTORIOGRAPHY

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Last Offered: Fall 2011

CLA 491 MASTER'S READING COURSE

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Last Offered: Fall 2017