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Scientific and technical terminology derived from Greek and Latin, with primary emphasis on medical language and terminology.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 121
On the representation of ancient Greek and Roman literature, mythology, and history in contemporary American popular culture, including film, television, and graphic novels.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to ancient Rome. Mass spectacles such as drama, gladiatorial combat, and public executions.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Literary sources of Greek and Roman myths and their influence.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Requires enrollment in the Alpha Learning Community Program. CLAS 183 is normally taken in the next term
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the society of the ancient Greeks and Romans through study of the family and domestic institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 209
Ancient GreeceCrosslisted as HIST 209
Pre-1800 content.
From the Stone Age until the Roman conquest (2nd century BC). The rise and fall of the city-state, types of government, relations with foreign peoples, class and gender issues, military matters and religion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 210
Ancient RomeCrosslisted as HIST 210
Pre-1800 content.
From the Stone Age until the start of the Byzantine Empire (6th century AD). The expansion of Rome, military changes, social organization, gender studies, relations with foreign peoples, pagan religion, and Christianity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Interplay of knowledge, technology, and culture. Sources are the Egyptian, Hellenic, and Hellenistic wall-paintings, vase paintings, the artifacts, and surviving writings of, e.g. Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Vitruvius. These permit us to see the technical advances of the practitioners and to watch the slave-owning philosophers and engineers of the ancient eastern Mediterranean struggling to provide systematic explanations of these advances and of the natural world they see around them.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Ancient war as practiced from Classical Greece to Imperial Rome. Weapons, tactics, strategies, leadership and rationale.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 252
Archaeology of World CivilizationsCrosslisted as ANTH 252
Introduction to complex societies, called civilizations, in both the Old and the New Worlds. Anthropological theories and models dealing with the evolution of cultural complexity and reviews archaeological data from specific regions, e.g. Near East, Far East, Mediterranean, Europe, Mesoamerica, Peru, etc.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
CLAS 281
The World of Classical GreeceCrosslisted as ENGL 240A
English translations of the great works of Greek literature which familiarize the student with the uniquely rich and influential world of Classical Greece.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 282
The World of Classical RomeCrosslisted as ENGL 240B
English translations of the great works of Latin literature, which familiarize the student with the uniquely rich and influential world of Classical Rome.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Survey of epics and their meaning, ranging from ancient epics to the Medieval and Renaissance epic literature including selected epics with their criticisms and influences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing.
Selections from the literary texts and records of North Africa, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Asia Minor.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs:
Foreign language study or permission.
Introduction to various languages of the ancient Mediterranean World. Examples: Classical (Biblical) Hebrew, Coptic, Egyptian, Sanskrit.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 300B
Egyptian hieroglyphics and language, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, for reading a work, such as Khufu and the Magicians.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to Coptic (Sahidic dialect), the final written phase of the Egyptian language, (ca. 100 BCE-1850 CE) in which the words were written in capital Greek letters rather than hieroglyphic characters. Equips student with a knowledge of Coptic grammar and vocabulary sufficient to interpret Coptic texts such as the Coptic Bible and the Nag Hammadi Codices at an elementary level.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 305
Ancient Greek ReligionsCrosslisted as RELG 305
Introduction to the religious practices of ancient Greece from the prehistoric through the classical periods. Myth and ritual and the evidence from art history and archaeology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 307/807
Early ChristianityCrosslisted as HIST 307/807, RELG 307
Pre-1800 content.
Life, literature, thought, and institutions of the Christian movement from Jesus to Constantine. A critical, historical approach to the sources in English translation and how they reflect the interaction of Christian, Jew, and pagan in late antiquity. Includes the historical Jesus vis-a-vis the Christ of Faith, the impact of Paul's thought, the formation of Christian dogma, methods of interpreting canonical and extra-canonical Christian literature, the problem of heresy and orthodoxy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 311
Homer and the Trojan WarCrosslisted as HIST 311
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Analysis of the Aegean Bronze Age and early Iron Age of ancient Greece based on examination of archaeological evidence, early written documents, and the writing of Homer and other early Greek authors. Includes the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, the excavation of Troy, Linear B and alphabetic Greek writing, gender roles and social classes, methods of warfare, religion, and political institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 312
The social, political and intellectual dimensions of the conflict between the old and new religions of the empire.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 315
Medieval World: ByzantiumCrosslisted as HIST 315
Pre-1800 content.
Exploration of the key dimensions of Byzantium's social, economic and cultural developments, the role of Byzantium in world history, and the nature of the Byzantine legacy in contemporary Eastern Europe, Russia and the Balkans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 317
The Roman EmpireCrosslisted as HIST 317
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Investigation of the Roman imperial government from Augustus to Justinian, focused on the economy, state religion and the emergence of Christianity, the army, family and social classes, the division between the Greek East and Latin West, the Germanic invasions, and the establishment of the Byzantine Empire. Failure of the ancient world to solve its problems, leading to the end of classical civilization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Relation between archaeology and textural sources in classical antiquity as used to understand aspects of daily life (e.g., economy and trade, gender, ethnic identity, religion, political organization, etc.).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 331
Ancient IsraelCrosslisted as HIST 331, JUDS 331, RELG 331
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
The cultural, social, and religious institutions of Ancient Israel from their antecedents in the Late Bronze Age until the Great Jewish Revolt and the beginning of Rabbinic Judaism. Literary works and material remains of the Israelites, and evidence from surrounding cultures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 340
Classical Roots of English LiteratureCrosslisted as ENGL 340
Greek and Roman literary works emphasizing their influence on English and American literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 381
Ancient NovelCrosslisted as ENGL 381
Prereqs:
Junior standing or permission.
English translation of the Greek and Roman novel.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 399H
Prereqs:
Candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 401
Research SeminarCrosslisted as RELG 401
Letter Grade only
Research on one topic under the direction of a faculty member with emphasis on methodology, familiarity with primary and secondary source materials, and composition of scholarly literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
CLAS 409/809
Religion of Late Western AntiquityCrosslisted as HIST 409/809, RELG 409
Pre-1800 content.
Examination of the religious institutions, philosophies, and lifeways of the Hellenistic Age from Alexander to Constantine. Includes civic religion of Greece and Rome, popular religion, mystery cults, Judaism, Christianity, popular and school philosophies (Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, Stoicism), Gnosticism. History, interrelationships, emerging world view of these movements.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 410/810
GnosticismCrosslisted as RELG 410
Examination of the nature, history, literature, ritual, and impact of the classical Gnostic religions, 100 BCE to 400 CE. Extensive reading of original Gnostic treatises in English translation, with particular attention to their appropriation and transformation of earlier Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious and philosophical traditions. The principal Gnostic schools to be treated are Simonians, Sethians, Valentinians, Hermetics, and Manichaeans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 412
Democracy and Tyranny in Classical AthensCrosslisted as HIST 412/812
Prereqs:
Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Development and influence of the Greek city-states, focusing on the establishment and transformation of the Athenian democracy in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE from popular sovereignty to the rule of written law. Including the three periods of tyranny, reaction to the Persian Invasions, and the impact of the Peloponnesian War.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 417
The Roman Revolution, 133 BC-68 ADCrosslisted as HIST 417/817
Prereqs:
Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Critical period in Roman history when the republic was transformed into the rule by one man: Political and social functioning of the republic, causes for change, and factors influencing its final shape. Careers of the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, Anthony, and Augustus.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 418
Augustan RomeCrosslisted as HIST 418/818
Prereqs:
Augustus’ constitutional transformation of Rome, and enforcement of a national identity and values through religion, social legislation, provincial governance policies, and patronage of public works, display, and literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 438/838
Topics in Old World PrehistoryCrosslisted as ANTH 438/838
Prereqs:
ANTH 242 or equivalent.
Topics drawn from the wide breadth of Old World prehistory. Archaeological data relevant to selected theoretical or topical problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 440/840
Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient WorldCrosslisted as WMNS 440/840
Ancient Greek and Roman evidence pertaining to the fields of women's studies, gender studies, and the study of sexuality.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 483/883
Classical DramaCrosslisted as ENGL 440/840
Prereqs:
Senior standing or permission.
Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy in translation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom