Classics

The Classics Department offers students two approaches to the study of the ancient world. First, students can emphasize the study of Greek or Latin language and literature. Second, students can explore Greece and Rome in non-language courses falling into the broad categories of ancient literature, ancient history, and art and archaeology. If students wish to pursue their studies of the ancient world more deeply, they can major or minor in any of three areas: Latin, Greek, and Classical Civilization, according to the schemes described below. The Classics Department encourages students interested in Greece and Rome to experience its physical remains directly through study abroad or immersion trips.

Courses in the Classics Department seek to help students to:

Latin and Greek courses

  • Gain an understanding of an ancient literature and culture through the study of its language
  • Develop a better understanding of English by studying its Greek and Latin roots 44 2015-2016 Wabash College Academic Bulletin

All courses

  • Appreciate and enjoy aspects of Greek and Roman culture
  • Gain a broad sense of Greek and Roman culture by studying literature, mythology, art, architecture, and social and political history
  • Develop perspective on their own beliefs by discovering how Greeks and Romans struggled with questions about divinity, life and death, sexuality and gender, social and political justice, and the like
  • Study the historical contexts out of which there developed such fundamental Western institutions as the Christian religion and representative democracy
  • Learn skills of critical thinking such as reading and interpreting difficult texts, generating information about them through research, solving problems about them and answering questions they raise, and presenting findings to others orally and in writing

Requirements for the Classical Civilization Major

A major in Classical Civilization emphasizes the study of Greek and Roman civilizations and requires appreciably less work in language than the Greek or Latin majors. Students choosing this major might focus on Art and Archaeology, Ancient History, Greek and Roman Literature, or Philosophy.

The major will consist of at least seven courses:

One course in Greek or Latin at or above the 200 level1
One course in Classics at or above the 200 level1
Four additional courses (Latin or Greek courses beyond 102 may count)4
CLA-400Senior Reading1
Total Credits7

Courses in ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, Ancient Rhetoric, Ancient Political Theory, and Ancient Religions also count toward the major.

Requirements for the Classical Civilization Minor

Four credits from Classics 14
One credit from Classics at the 200 level or above1
Total Credits5
1

Greek or Latin courses at the 102 level and above also count toward the minor.

Comprehensive Examinations in the Classics Department examine students in the three areas (Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin) in which they choose to major within the department. The examinations are made up by the department after consulting the range of courses each student presents for his major, and test both general knowledge in the area he chooses and specific knowledge over the selection of the courses he presents.

Classics (CLA)

CLA-101 Classical Mythology

This is an introduction to the content and form of the major ancient myths, chiefly Greek. The emphasis will be on interpretation, with topics to include myth, folk-tale, legend, myth and ritual, psychological uses of myth, and the structuralist school of Claude L‚vi-Strauss. Particular attention will be paid to male/female archetypes, with secondary readings from Camille Paglia and Robert Bly. Comparison will also be made to several non-western mythologies. Counts toward Gender Studies.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-103 Greek Art & Archaeol

A consideration of the art and architecture of Greece from an archaeological and art historical point of view. The course will cover material from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Age.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: ART-103

CLA-104 Roman Art & Archaeology

A consideration of the origin and development of Roman art and architecture from the Etruscans to late imperial Rome.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: ART-104

CLA-105 Ancient Greece

This is a survey course of Greek political, military, cultural, and literary history from the end of the Bronze Age (ca. 1100 B.C.) to the time of Alexander the Great (4th century B.C.). A thematic focus will be the origins, evolution, and problems of the most important Greek political-social-cultural structure, the polis, or "city-state.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: HIS-211

CLA-106 Ancient Rome

This is a survey course of Roman political, military, cultural, and literary history from the Etruscan period (6th and 5th centuries B.C.) to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. A thematic focus will be on the origins, nature, effects, and evolution of imperialism in Roman politics, culture, and society.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: HIS-212

CLA-111 Topic Literature and Culture

This is an introductory course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient literature or culture and requires no previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Depending on subject matter, this course may be cross-listed. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-112 Topic Art Archaeology

This is an introductory course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient art or archaeology and requires no previous work. Course may be repeated for credit as topic changes. Depending on subject matter, this course may be cross-listed. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-113 Topics in Ancient History

This is an introductory course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient history and requires no previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Depending on subject matter, this course may be cross-listed. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: HIS-210

CLA-140 Ancient Philosophy

This course surveys the Ancient Greek philosophy, including Pre-Socratics, Plato, and Aristotle; Hellenistic philosophy may also be included. This course focuses on acquiring and improving abilities in philosophical reading, thinking, and expression. In class, the norm is close textual analysis through lectures and discussion. Topics include the nature of the physical and human world, and questions about knowledge and ultimate being. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: PHI-240

CLA-162 New Testament

This course is an introduction to the social-historical study of the writings that came to be the New Testament of the Christian churches. We will survey the social, political, and religious contexts of the Jewish and Greco- Roman worlds of the first century, the actions and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and the missionary activity of Paul of Tarsus. We will study most of the texts included in the New Testament, as well as other ancient Jewish and early Christian writings to learn about the development of the various beliefs and practices of these first Christian communities.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: REL-162

CLA-187 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-188 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-211 Special Topics

This is a more advanced course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient literature or culture and requires previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Depending on the subject matter, the course may be cross-listed. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-212 Spec Topics:Art/Archaeol

This is a more advanced course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient art or archaeology and requires previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: HIS-310

CLA-213 Spec Topics:Anc History

This is a more advanced course that focuses on a specific topic in ancient history and requires previous work. Course may be repeated as topic changes. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for Topics and Descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, History/Philosophy/Religion
Equated Courses: HIS-310

CLA-220 Classical Rhetoric

This course focuses on the origin and development of rhetoric and rhetorical theory during the classical period. The course begins in the pre disciplinary stage of Homer and the Sophists and examines such works as Homer's Iliad, Gorgias' Encomium of Helen, and Isocrates' Antidosis. The course then moves to Plato's Gorgias and Phaedrus and the "disciplinizing" efforts of Aristotle (On Rhetoric). Finally, the course examines the efforts of Cicero (On Invention, Orator, and On the Orator), Quintilian (Institutes of Oratory), and Augustine (On Christian Doctrine) to reunite philosophy and rhetoric and include ethics within the realm of rhetoric. Students learn how rhetorical theories are generated out of the specific needs of particular political and social contexts. In addition, students examine the influence of literacy on human interaction and the study of rhetoric in particular. Finally, students trace the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy from pre-Platonic unity, through Plato's bifurcation, and finally to the attempts at reunification by Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts
Equated Courses: RHE-320

CLA-287 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-288 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-387 Independent Study

Students wishing to pursue independent study in Classical Civilization should plan their project with the instructor who is to supervise.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-388 Independent Study

Students wishing to pursue independent study in Classical Civilization should plan their project with the instructor who is to supervise.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-400 Senior Reading

This is a seminar on a selected topic with a paper supervised by a member of the department.
Prerequisites: none
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-487 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

CLA-488 Independent Study

Enrollment through Instructor and Department Chair approval.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

CLA-IND Independent Study

Students may enroll in independent study courses for 0.5 or 1 course credit(s), with the approval of a supervising faculty member, the appropriate department/program chair, and the student's advisor. Registration forms for independent study are available in the Registrar's Office.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

Jessica Blum

Jeremy Scott Hartnett (chair)

David P Kubiak

Bronwen Wickkiser

Secondary Licensure Program

The Department of Education Studies offers a minor in Education Studies, and an additional licensure preparation program for students interested in becoming licensed to teach at the secondary level (middle and high school grades 5-12). With a major in this department and a minor in Education Studies, students may also choose to complete the licensure preparation program by applying in the spring of the junior year. For more information about the licensure program, students are advised to meet with faculty in the Department of Education Studies. Requirements for the minor and licensure preparation program are outlined in the Department of Education Studies section of the Academic Bulletin.