Date of Senate Approval 02/13/03
Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
Effective Date: Fall 2003
Note: CLAS 221 or proficiency demonstrated to the satisfaction of the instructor is the prerequisite for all the following courses in Greek authors (CLAS 310-495).
Note: CLAS 211 or proficiency demonstrated to the satisfaction of the instructor is the prerequisite for all the following courses in Greek authors (CLAS 320-495).
221 Intermediate Greek II (3)
Improvement in interpretation and translation; significance of the major authors. Prerequisite: CLAS 221 or proficiency demonstrated to the satisfaction of instructor. Fall and Spring.
480 Greek Prose Composition/Sight-Reading (3)
Advanced work in the Greek language, focusing on Greek prose composition (translating from English into Greek) and translating Greek at sight. Prerequisite: a solid grounding in Greek grammar and preferably experience in reading Greek authors. See department chair.
None on other departments. Removing these three course from the regular sequences will free departmental staff for some other course offerings. The deletion of CLAS 310 will have no impact on the major: if we wish to teach the early dialogues of Plato we can do so as a Special Topic, but as it stands, the catalogue entry implies that advanced Greek should regularly follow Intermediate Greek, which it often has not done, and need not do, since the texts involved in it are not the only texts suitable for students taking their first textual course in Greek and in the past, the department has taught a range of authors to such students and wishes to continue this variety of texts. We will continue to teach Greek Prose Composition, but as a Special Topic.
CLAS 221 is no longer necessary since our new text book requires three, rather than four semesters to complete. The deletion of CLAS 221 will thus enable students to speed up their progress through the major and the department to save on staffing. CLAS 310 seemed redundant in the light of departmental practice in selecting a variety of texts for students to read after the introductory Greek sequence. Since CLAS 480 is one of the hardest of all the Classics courses, it is not practical to run it even every three years, since there is not always student demand or ability for it, although it will continue to make a good Special Topic for an advanced group.