Senate Document Number 1607S
Date of Senate Approval 01/18/07
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
Effective Date: Fall 2007
1. Add: On pg 89, between Concentration in Greek and Latin and Latin with Teacher Licensure
Concentration in Classical Studies
This program is recommended for those students who have interest in the general culture of the ancient world and do not necessarily desire a high level of proficiency in Latin or Greek, or for those who simply wish to broaden their education. This concentration is not recommended for students who wish to go to graduate school in Classics or Archaeology.
I. Required courses in the major—36 hours, including either CLAS 211 or 212; 314, 495; 250 or 354; 350 or 356; 6 hours from 343, 344, 345; 6 additional hours from Greek or Latin language courses; 9 additional hours from 300-400 level CLAS courses. ANTH 225 or PHIL 250 or 255 may be substituted for 3 of the 9 additional hours. Other elective courses may also be substituted with prior approval of department chair.
II. Required courses outside major—None.
III. Foreign languages requirement—The major program satisfies the requirement.
IV. Other departmental requirements—Major and oral competency will be demonstrated by a final examination consisting of one hour of written translation in Latin or Greek, one hour on a prepared essay topic, two hours on unprepared essay topics and a one-hour oral examination on literature, history and culture based on student readings over the course of study, and on the content of the thesis completed for CLAS 495. Computer competency will be demonstrated through successful completion of CLAS 495.
The introduction of this concentration demands that we teach no courses beyond what we are already offering in our regular schedule. While we hope that it will increase the numbers of majors in Classics, we do not expect numbers to be overwhelming. Rather, some students who already take these courses as electives out of interest or to fulfill intensive or cluster requirements may decide to add this major to another major. Although the linguistic element in this concentration is less than in our established concentrations, we still require that students take at least 9 hours of language courses beyond the 100-level. This major would go particularly well with Religious Studies, History, Literature and Art History, all of which have certain fields in which some advanced knowledge of Latin or Greek is helpful.
Since 2003 we have been able to increase our offerings in Classical culture, while retaining our core offerings in Latin and Greek with a view to serving our core constituency. These students tend to be bound for graduate school and need to acquire as much proficiency in the languages as they can. However, with the institutionalization of a regular schedule of cultural course offerings last year, we find that we can now offer a concentration which is less linguistically-based, and which is likely to attract a broader range of students. Currently we have students in the program who have no desire to go to graduate school in Classics and who are not very good linguists but who are fascinated by the ancient world. Essentially, these students endure the languages to get to the culture, and we are not serving this valuable student population very well at present.