Coordinator: Jeffrey S. Carnes, Associate Professor
340 Huntington Beard Crouse Hall
Faculty Jeffrey S. Carnes, Matthieu H. van der Meer
Why Study Classics?
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
Students approaching Classical Studies for the first time may wonder how the study of languages and cultures from antiquity is relevant in the digital era; why study Classics?
First, Classics provides students with many fascinating intellectual opportunities. Because the range of Greek and Latin literature is so diverse, students interested in history, drama, poetry, political science, or philosophy, will find ample material to stimulate their curiosity. Moreover, students will develop the ability to read some of the most influential works of western literature in their original languages, and learn about cultures that are radically different from our own, yet at the same time provide the foundation of many modern ideas and institutions.
Since Classical Studies have traditionally played a central role in education they have left an indelible mark on the intellectual, political, and artistic development of Western Civilization. Countless authors, as diverse in time and place as Dante and Derek Walcott, have looked for inspiration to the classical tradition; political theorists and statesmen, including Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, developed their political ideals through a close reading of ancient historians such as Polybius and Thucydides. Understanding the reception of classical texts and the ways subsequent generations adapted and modified classical ideals will grant students a greater degree of proficiency in civic and cultural history, and help them better understand the cultural politics of their own world.
While not all Classics students wish to become classical scholars, a major in Classics is among the most impressive degrees to have when applying for a job in other fields. The work ethic required for success in the languages, the intellectually challenging nature of the grammar and syntax of Greek and Latin, and the interdisciplinary nature of the field are only a few reasons why Classics majors are highly respected and sought-after job candidates. Furthermore, because of the historical role of Classics in education many terms and concepts in various fields are derived from Greek or Latin. For these reasons, Classics majors often find employment in Law, Medical Sciences, Government/Politics, Writing and Journalism, and Education.
Why study Classics? To find a challenging and immensely rewarding field of study, and to explore the familiar yet foreign country that is our past.
Undergraduate students at Syracuse University in a college that awards minors in Arts and Sciences subject areas.
The Minor in Classical Civilization requires 18 credits chosen from the following list of courses. At least 12 credits must come from courses numbered 300 and above; in addition, at least two courses must come from among the courses taught within the Classics program (those with the prefixes LAT, GRE, and LIT). Other courses related to the ancient world may be substituted with the approval of the program director.
GRE 101 Ancient Greek I
GRE 102 Ancient Greek II
GRE 201 Ancient Greek III
GRE 310 Greek Prose Authors
GRE 320 Readings from Greek Poets
GRE 410 Advanced Greek Prose
GRE 420 Advanced Greek Poetry
LAT 101 Latin I
LAT 102 Latin II
LAT 201 Latin III
LAT 310 Latin Prose Authors
LAT 320 Latin Poets
LAT 410 Advanced Latin Prose
LAT 420 Advanced Latin Poetry
LIT (Literature in Translation)
LIT 101 Introduction to Classical Literature (Greek)
LIT 102 Introduction to Classical Literature (Latin)
LIT 203 Greek and roman Epic in English Translation
LIT 211 Greek and Roman Drama in English Translation
LIT 300.2 A Greek Odyssey (offered in Florence)
LIT/REL 421 Classical Mythology (offered in Florence)
ANT 141 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory
ANT 145 Introduction to Historical Archeology
ANT 346 Gender Through the Ages
ANT 348 History of Archaeology
HST 210 The Ancient World
HST 310 Early Medieval Europe
HST 352 History of Ancient Greece
HST 353 History of Ancient Rome
HST 401 Roman Imperialism
HST 401 Herodotus and the Persian Wars
HISTORY OF ART
HOA 105 Arts and Ideas I
HOA 301 Origins of Western Art
HOA 302 Greek Art and Architecture
HOA 303 Etruscans and Romans (offered in Florence)
HOA 304 Roman Art and Architecture
LIN 201 The Nature and Study of Language
LIN 202 Languages of the World
PHI 111 Plato’s Republic
PHI 307 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 415 Roots of Western Civilization (offered in Madrid)
REL 205 Ancient Greek Religion
REL 206 Greco-Roman Religion
REL 217 New Testament
REL 294 Mythologies
REL 309 Early Christianities
REL/LIT 421 Classical Mythology (offered in Florence)
Total Credits: 18