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Classics (CLA) Course Descriptions

Department of Philosophy and Classics, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


CLA 1114  Basic Individualized Instruction
4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student's advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 8 hours of basic individualized instruction will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CLA 2013  Introduction to Ancient Greece
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Introduction to the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Greece, including history, religion, philosophy, literature, and art. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.

CLA 2023  Introduction to Ancient Rome
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Introduction to the civilization and cultural achievements of ancient Rome, including history, religion, philosophy, literature, and art. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.

CLA 2033  Introduction to Classical Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Introductory study of selected works of ancient Greek and Roman authors, with emphasis on epic, drama, satire, and lyric. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Creative Arts.

CLA 2113  Intermediate Individualized Instruction
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Successful completion of LAT 1114 or GRK 1114 or equivalent. Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student's advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours of intermediate individualized instruction will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CLA 2323  Classical Mythology
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Critical survey of secular and religious classical mythology; attention to the use of myth in ancient literature and the functions of myth in historical, cultural, and cross-cultural contexts. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.

CLA 2953  Topics for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Organized course offering introductory and broad examinations of topics important for the study of the Ancient Mediterranean world that are not covered during typical course offerings. Topics cover social and cultural history, etymology, and the art and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CLA 3023  Classical Myths and Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in Language, Philosophy and Culture.
Critical examination of ancient Greek and Roman myths and their functions in literary texts and ancient societies; attention to current theories and methodologies of mythic analysis.

CLA 3053  Topics in Classical Genres
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Consideration of texts selected to illustrate the structural and conceptual properties of a given genre in the classical world, e.g., comedy, epic, or tragedy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CLA 3063  Topics in the Art and Architecture of the Classical World
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
A study of one or more themes, periods, traditions, or archaeological sites in the art and architecture of the ancient Greek and Roman world. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CLA 3123  Cultural Issues in Classical Antiquity
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
Examination of issues in ancient Greek and Roman power relations and social differences as reflected in classical literature and historical material. Coverage of such topics as slavery, attitudes towards barbarians, gender, and intergenerational strife. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CLA 3513  Topics in Classical History
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of Core Curriculum requirement in Communication.
An examination of selected events, trends, and transformations in the history of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

CLA 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CLA 4953  Special Studies in Classics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies courses may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

CLA 4973  Senior Seminar in Classics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 12 upper-division credit hours in Classics or approved upper-division courses in other disciplines.
Undergraduate capstone experience for students in the Classics emphasis and minor, open to eligible students from other disciplines in their junior or senior year. The seminar focuses on the development of research methodologies for the study of the ancient world. Subject varies with instructor, but the course will emphasize a combination of historical, linguistic, archaeological and anthropological approaches, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary Classical Studies. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. (Formerly titled “Seminar for Classics Majors.”)

CLA 4991-3  Honors Thesis
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Department Scholarship and Honors Committee.
Supervised research and preparation of an Honors Thesis for the purpose of earning Classical Studies Honors. May be repeated once with advisor approval.


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