Classical Studies (CLHU)

Major Courses

CLHU A238 Justice In Greek Literature 3 crs.

This course introduces students to how ancient Greek culture constructed and enacted the concept of justice within its communities. Students are introduced to a variety of primary sources and secondary analyses in order to provide the background for instituting a "mock court" patterned after the dikasteria of 5th century BCE Athens.

CLHU A242 The Development of Greek Tragedy 3 crs.

This course involves the reading in English of a selection of plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and their relationship to the development of Greek theater and performance.

CLHU A244 The Greek and Roman Epic 3 crs.

This course is a survey in English of Greek and Latin epics, such as the works of Homer, Apollonius of Rhodes, Vergil, Lucan, and Statius.

CLHU A246 Greek Mythology 3 crs.

This course is a study of the origins, themes, and significance of Greek mythology, with emphasis on myth as a vestige of primitive thought and on the corpus of Greek myths as a source of Greek and Roman literature.

CLHU A263 Greek and Roman Comedy 3 crs.

This course is a survey of Greek and Roman comedy including works by Aristophanes, Menander, Terence, and Plautus. The course considers the significant social and political issues as well as the plays’ appeal, significance, and legacy for us today.

CLHU A347 Egyptian Art and Archaeology 3 crs.

This course is a survey of artistic works and monuments of ancient Egypt from the Pre-dynastic Period through the Ptolemies of the Hellenistic Period with an emphasis on stylistic developments in the three main areas of painting, sculpture and architecture.

CLHU A348 Greek Art and Archaeology 3 crs.

A survey of artistic works and monuments of ancient Greece from the Geometric through the Hellenistic periods (c. 1000 — 50 B.C.) with an emphasis on stylistic developments in the main areas of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

CLHU A349 Etruscan Art and Archeology 3 crs.

A survey of the art, monuments, writing, and culture of the Etruscans from the 9th to the 1st century BCE. Students will study Etruscan history and learn to recognize the influence of the Etruscans on the Romans and later cultures.

CLHU A350 Roman Art and Archaeology 3 crs.

This course offers students a survey of the most important works of art and monuments of ancient Rome from the beginnings of the city through the period of Constantine, emphasizing stylistic developments in the areas of sculpture, architecture, and painting, with some consideration of materials and techniques. Works of the Etruscans, Greeks, and Italic peoples are considered for their influence.

CLHU A356 Greek Elegies and Lyrics 3 crs.

This course is an introduction to lyric and elegiac forms of individual poetic expression. Consideration will be given to the technical terms referring to the poems studied, their themes, and performance. Authors include Archilochus, Tyrtaeus, Alcaeus, and Sappho among others.

CLHU A372 Early Roman Empire 3 crs.

This course is a political, social, and cultural survey of the early Roman empire and its immediate predecessor, the late Republic, beginning with the dictatorship of Sulla and ending with the death of Marcus Aurelius.

CLHU A380 Topics in Greek Thought 3 crs.

This course offers students an introduction to Greek thought and wisdom literature.  Its focus is on the in-depth reading and interpretation of Classical texts pertinent to a specific topic, such as “Love and Friendship”, “Poetry and Rhetoric”, “Socrates and the Sophists”, or “Justice”.

CLHU A385 Greek Religion 3 crs.

An introduction to Greek religion, exploring its historical development from the Mycenean to the Hellenistic Period. Students explore the role religious sacrifices, rituals, festivals, and cults played in shaping people’s lives and their view of the world around them.

CLHU A386 Roman Religion 3 crs.

An introduction to Roman religion, exploring its historical development from the early Roman period to the Christian era. Students explore the role religion played in constructing the Roman Empire and how, in turn, religion itself was transformed by the evolution of Roman society and the Roman state.

CLHU A480 Capstone: Special Topics 1 cr.

RAC: Premodern

The capstone presents the tools and techniques for analysis, interpretation and research of literautre and material culture necessary to pursuing a successful career in Classical Studies at all levels. 

CLHU A498 Thesis Research 3 crs.

This course offers students pursuing a thesis the opportunity to do research under the guidance of their thesis adviser.

CLHU A499 Thesis 3 crs.

Students who have satisfactorily completed their research register for this course while they write their honors thesis.

Prerequisite: CLHU A498

Advanced Common Curriculum

CLHU O257 Greek Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Premodern

This course is a multi-disciplinary survey of the interdependence of the arts and culture in the Greek world from its semi-legendary beginnings in the Mycenaean age through the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine period. Students explore the contribution of the arts on Greek culture, from architecture to sculpture to drama to cuisine, with particular emphasis on its extraordinary continuity throughout the centuries as well as its massive influence – by way of its reception from the Renaissance onwards - on the development of the art, thought and morality of the Western world.

CLHU O258 Roman Culture 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures
RAC: Premodern

This course examines the literature, culture, history, politics, and daily life of the ancient Romans from the legendary beginning of the city in 753 B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Readings include Latin literature in translation and secondary texts that provide archaeological evidence and the historical context.

CLHU O274 The Byzantine Empire 3 crs.

Advanced Common Curriculum: Creative Arts and Cultures

The Byzantine Empire is a survey of the interdependence of the arts, spirituality and intellectual life within the historical context of the Byzantine world from the reign of Constantine until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Students explore the interplay of Byzantine art and culture in all its many manifestations, with particular emphasis on the extraordinary continuity and transformations of Byzantine culture as well as its massive influence on the development of the Western world.

CLHU W340 Roman Ethical Thought

Advanced Common Curriculum: Ethics
RAC: Premodern, Diversity

This course introduces students to ancient Roman virtue ethics.  It examines how ancient Roman thinkers conceptualize the best human state and the ethical frameworks they derive from this for living their lives.  Besides analyzing the arguments that support these frameworks, the course focuses on how they transform ancient thinker's views on such issues as virtue, pleasure, love, friendship, happiness, or death, and the role they have to play in a good human life.