Classics Program (Civ./Greek/Latin)

Classics Offers Three Majors and Three Minors

Classical Civilization (major or minor)

This concentration is intended for students who wish to study classical literature and culture without necessarily pursuing coursework in the original languages. Courses cover ancient Greece and Rome, but also other ancient Mediterranean cultures, such as the Egyptian and Hittite. Great works of epic, history, philosophy, religion, drama, and oratory, are read and discussed in translation. Courses on myth and archeology are also offered. Courses in ancient Greek and Latin are optional, but Classical Civ. students often enjoy taking a couple semesters of an ancient language.

Ancient Greek Language and Literature (major or minor)

This concentration is intended for students who wish to study ancient Greek, to gain access to foundational writings of the western world. No prior experience in languages (or grammar) is necessary or assumed. The emphasis is on reading and translating, rather than on speaking. In the first two semesters, sentences (and later paragraphs) are taken from the Iliad and Odyssey, the historical works by Thucydides and Herodotus, the Philosophical works of Plato, the dramas of Sophocles and Euripides, court cases, and the Gospels, Letters, and other writings of the New Testament. Longer selections are considered in the third and fourth semesters as competency increases.

Classical Latin Language and Literature (major or minor)

This concentration is intended for students who wish to study the language and literature of the ancient Romans. Courses will focus on reading, understanding and translating Latin texts. In the first three semesters the emphasis is on grammar, syntax and vocabulary through reading texts. In later semesters the focus shifts to ancient literary texts in prose and poetry by Roman authors, such as Cicero, Caesar, Livy, Catullus, Ovid and Virgil with the goal of familiarizing students with these authors’ writing styles and introducing them to various ancient literary genres.

Provisional Course Schedule

This provisional Schedule is provided to assist you with long-term planning. Please note that this schedule is subject to change and represents our best projection as of the date on the document. Please refer to the UWM Schedule of Classes for each term before registering to confirm which classes are offered.

The Program in Classics is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. The Classics Program offers instruction in the classical Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and in the civilizations of Greece and Rome. There are three major concentrations: Classical Civilization, Greek, and Latin. Courses offered in the area of classical civilization are open to any interested student, whether a major or not, as long as prerequisites are met; they do not assume a knowledge of Greek or Latin.

The goal of the Classics program is to foster a scholarly understanding of the origins of Western civilization, providing instruction in the classical Greek and Latin languages and literatures and in the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome.

For additional information on Classics please contact the program coordinator, Professor Andrew Porter portera@uwm.edu.

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