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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
  May 21, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Classics, Classical Studies Emphasis

(Minimum of 21 credits beyond completion of the Core requirements):

The classical studies emphasis offers a course of undergraduate study in classics that investigates Greco-Roman civilization from a range of perspectives and subject areas. Students electing the classical studies emphasis select courses at an advanced level across the program curriculum.

Requirements for a Major in Classics, Classical Studies Emphasis

Core Requirements (6-9 Credits)

(6-9 Credits: 6 in Cultural Core and 0-3 in Language Core beyond fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts Cognate Requirement.)

Cultural Core Requirement (including Capstone):

Students majoring in classics complete 6 credits of instruction in a sequence of courses intended to introduce them to the interdisciplinary dimension of classics and to provide detailed instruction in selected methods of inquiry and particular aspects of Greco-Roman civilization.

All Classics majors take:

  • CLA 195 - Introduction to Ancient Greece and Rome Credits: 1 ordinarily by the end of their sophomore year.
  • CLA 395 - Research Methods in Classics Credits: 2 by the end of their junior year.
  • CLA 495 - Notions of the Classics (Capstone) Credits: 3 during their senior year.

Language Core Requirement: 

  • Students majoring in classics complete Intermediate language study in either ancient Greek or Latin, typically by taking GRK 202 - Intermediate Ancient Greek II Credits: 3 or LAT 202 - Intermediate Latin II Credits: 3. Those commencing language study typically fulfill the Bachelor of Arts Cognate Requirement through three semesters of study in GRK/LAT 101-102-201 (12 credits). Others may satisfy these requirements through language placement administered by the Department of Classics; they must nevertheless complete the 30-credit minimum through additional coursework in the major.

Additional Courses (at least 21 credits)

At least 15 credits of instruction at the 300 level or above in at least two of the following areas.

  • Archaeology:
    • CLA 350 - Issues in Classical Archaeology Credits: 3 Cultural Studies:
  • Cultural Studies
    • CLA 301 - Re-imagining the Classics Credits: 3
    • CLA 302 - The Stages of Greek and Roman Drama Credits: 3
    • CLA 311/PHI 311 - Ancient Great Philosophers Credits: 3
    • CLA 315 - Ancient Religion Credits: 3
    • CLA 325/WGS 325 - Body, Gender, Sexuality in Antiquity Credits: 3
    • CLA 365 - Stoicism, Identity and the Happy Life Credits: 3
    • CLA 367 - Thinking Like a (Roman) Lawyer Credits: 3
  • Ancient Greek (GRK) or Latin (LAT) at the 300 level or above.

At least 6 credits of instruction in any courses in Classics (CLA), in HNR 221 - Classical World II Credits: 3 and HNR 222 - Classical World II Credits: 3, or in an approved substitute.

Classics Program Description

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