Classical Studies (Minor)

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The Minor in Classical Studies is an excellent foundation for advanced work in other academic disciplines as well as professional programs in law, medicine and management. By presenting a broad selection of courses in the various disciplines of language, literature, philosophy, religious studies and history, the minor provides students with a sound introduction to study of the ancient world. Because of the continuity between ancient and modern cultures, it also gives students an opportunity to develop a keener perception and better understanding of the cultural forces at work in the contemporary world.

Depending on their other undergraduate or career goals, students will have the option of pursuing one or more of three concentrations within the Classical Studies minor: Greek, Latin or Classical Culture. The Concentrations in Greek and Latin focus on intensive study of the ancient languages, with significant additional exposure to Classical literature and culture in translation. The Concentration in Classical Culture offers the option of pursuing more general study of Classical literature and culture mostly or exclusively in translation.

By fulfilling the requirements for the Concentration in Classical Culture students will:

  1. Acquire a better understanding of the roots of Western culture in the civilizations  of Greece and Rome;
  2. Learn to assess more keenly the cultures of Greece and Rome in their own varied contexts, and
  3. Gain a familiarity with problems of interpretation of texts and the varieties of evidence upon which interpretation may be based;
  4. Learn the principal themes and issues in the history of Greek and Roman civilizations;
  5. Acquire a deeper understanding  of Greek and Roman artistic and literary cultures;
  6. Learn accurately to identify principal geographical and demographic features of the ancient world;
  7. Increase their intellectual breadth and sophistication, and
  8. Gain insight into the complexities of relationships of the languages, literatures and cultures of Greece and Rome.

Students who elect study of the original language(s) to fulfill the requirements for a Concentration in Greek and/or Latin, while attaining all of the goals above, will also:

  1. Achieve knowledge of the fundamentals of Greek and/or Latin language, and thereby
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of the origin of Western tongues and of language itself;
  3. Acquire the ability to read substantial portions of Greek and Latin authors, and thereby
  4. Understand and appreciate in their original form some of the most important ideas shaping Western culture.

In many cases, a student completing the requirements for a Concentration in Greek and/or Latin language will also be able to fulfill the requirements for the Concentration in Classical Culture with little additional coursework, and such double (or triple) concentration is encouraged to highlight the breadth of the Students knowledge of the ancient world.

Admissions

Students first download a Departmental Minor Declaration Form and consult with their major advisor for approval of the minor program. After the student obtains the major advisor’s signature, he/she meets with the minor advisor to develop a plan of study indicating required courses and expected dates of completion. A copy of the student’s minor plan of study will be kept on file in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Certification

Information about adding a minor is available on the Student Services Center website. Students should meet with the Coordinator of Advising, Ms. Susan Navey-Davis (919.515.9288, https://fll.chass.ncsu.edu/people/faculty_staff/navey, 321 Withers), to complete the final certification. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.

Contact Person

Dr. Gary Mathews
Foreign Languages and Literatures Teaching Assistant Professor
Withers 227, Box 8106
919-515-9306
gary_m@ncsu.edu

SIS Codes:

– Classical Studies: 16CSM

– Classical Studies Classical Culture  Concentration: 16CSMCC

– Classical Studies Greek Concentration: 16CSMGRK

– Classical Studies Latin Concentration: 16CSMLAT

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of 15 credit hours is required.
  • 9 Credit hours must be taken at NC State and a maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution.
  • The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements  for the minor.
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
  • At least one course for the minor must be taken at the 300 level or above.
  • A maximum of two (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.

Students may declare the minor when they are enrolled in a class that counts toward the minor.

Concentration in Classical Culture

Required Course
Select one "core" culture course of the following:3
Classical Mythology
Masterpieces of Classical Lit
Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World
Elective Courses
Select one additional culture course from the list above or from the following:3
The Ancient World in Modern Media
Special Topics in Classical Studies
Independent Study in Classical Studies
Intermediate Greek I
Intermediate Greek II
Directed Readings in Greek
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Directed Readings in Latin
Select one additional culture course of the following:3
Ancient Mediterranean World
Scientific Revolution and European Society, 1500-1800
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Ancient Greek Civilization
Rome to 337 A.D.
History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
From Roman Empire to Middle Ages
Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to the New Testament
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul
Select two additional courses: 16
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek II
Elementary Latin I
Elementary Latin II
Total Hours15

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take at least one course in Greek or Latin language. Other courses with appropriate focus on the Classical world may be substituted for the courses listed with approval of the minor advisor.

Concentration in Greek

Required Courses
GRK 201Intermediate Greek I3
GRK 202Intermediate Greek II3
Elective Courses
Select three of the following: 19
Directed Readings in Greek (may be taken up to two times for elective credit)
Elementary Latin I
Elementary Latin II
Intermediate Latin I
Intermediate Latin II
Directed Readings in Latin (may be taken up to two times for elective credit)
Classical Mythology
The Ancient World in Modern Media
Masterpieces of Classical Lit
Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World
Special Topics in Classical Studies
Independent Study in Classical Studies
Ancient Mediterranean World
Scientific Revolution and European Society, 1500-1800
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Ancient Greek Civilization
Rome to 337 A.D.
History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
From Roman Empire to Middle Ages
Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to the New Testament
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul
Total Hours15

Concentration in Latin

Required Courses
LAT 201Intermediate Latin I3
LAT 202Intermediate Latin II 13
Elective Courses
Select three of the following: 29
Directed Readings in Latin (may be taken up to two times for elective credit)
Elementary Greek I
Elementary Greek II
Intermediate Greek I
Intermediate Greek II
Directed Readings in Greek (may be taken up to two times for elective credit)
Classical Mythology
The Ancient World in Modern Media
Masterpieces of Classical Lit
Gender, Ethnicity & Identity in the Ancient World
Special Topics in Classical Studies
Independent Study in Classical Studies
Ancient Mediterranean World
Scientific Revolution and European Society, 1500-1800
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Ancient Greek Civilization
Rome to 337 A.D.
History and Archaeology of the Roman Empire
From Roman Empire to Middle Ages
Ancient Philosophy
Introduction to the New Testament
Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul
Total Hours15