Greek

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 pursue a 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

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 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 Greek Major 

Requirements for the Greek Major will consist of at least seven course credits.

Four Greek course credits beyond the elementary level (GRK-101 and GRK-102)4
Two course credits in Latin beyond the elementary level (LAT-101 and LAT-102)2
GRK-400Senior Seminar1
Total Credits7

Majors in Greek should also consider taking some related courses, which are not required but provide a broader context for students’ studies of ancient language and literature:

HIS-211Ancient History: Greece1
HIS-310Advanced Topics in Ancient History0.5-1
CLA-101Classical Mythology1
CLA-103Greek Art & Archaeology 11
CLA-105Ancient Greece 11
CLA-111Special Topics in Literature and Culture0.5-1
CLA-112Special Topics in Art and Archaeology0.5-1
CLA-113Special Topics in Ancient History0.5-1
CLA-211Special Topics in Literature and Culture1
CLA-212Special Topics in Art and Archaeology1
CLA-213Special Topics in Ancient History1
PHI-240Ancient Philosophy1
PHI-249Topics in the History of Philosophy0.5-1
PSC-330Adv Topics in Political Theory0.5-1
RHE-320Classical Rhetoric1

Requirements for the Greek Minor

Five course credits in Greek5
Total Credits5

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.

GRK-101 Beginning Greek I

This course includes the study of elementary grammar, the reading of selected pieces of Greek literature, and a general introduction to the literature and civilization of ancient Greece. Four class meetings each week. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: none
Corequisites: GRK-101L
Credit: 1

GRK-102 Beginning Greek II

This course includes the study of elementary grammar, the reading of selected pieces of Greek literature, and a general introduction to the literature and civilization of ancient Greece. Four class meetings each week. This course is offered in the spring semester.
Prerequisites: GRK-101
Corequisites: GRK-102L
Credit: 1

GRK-187 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1

GRK-188 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-201 Intermediate Greek I

The choice of readings is adapted to the needs and the desires of the class. We will read selections from Lysias' speeches and other appropriate works. The emphasis will be on developing facility in reading Greek. This course is offered in the fall semester.
Prerequisites: GRK-101 and GRK-102
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, World Language

GRK-210 New Testament Greek

This course covers selected readings in the New Testament. One-half or one course credit by arrangement. Offered by arrangement. Course may be repeated as the readings change.
Prerequisites: GRK-101 and 102
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, World Language

GRK-277 Special Topics

Special Topics in Greek. 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

GRK-287 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-288 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-301 Advanced Greek Reading: Poetry

Selections to suit the needs and interests of the class will be made from the Greek poets and dramatists. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for topics and descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: GRK-201
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, World Language

GRK-302 Advanced Greek Reading: Prose

Selections to suit the needs and interests of the class will be made from Greek history, oratory, and philosophy. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for topics and descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: GRK-201
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts, World Language

GRK-303 Advanced Greek Reading: Homer

Selections to suit the needs and interests of the class will be made from Homer's Iliad or Odyssey. The material will be varied from year to year and the course may be elected more than once. Refer to the Course Descriptions document on the Registrar's webpage for topics and descriptions of current offerings.
Prerequisites: GRK-201
Credit: 1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-330 Greek Composition

This course provides a systematic review and study of fundamental Greek forms and constructions with practice in writing Greek sentences. This course is offered by arrangement.
Prerequisites: GRK-101 and GRK-102
Credits: 0.5
Distribution: World Language

GRK-387 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-388 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-400 Senior Seminar

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

GRK-487 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts

GRK-488 Independent Study

Individual research projects. The manner of study will be determined by the student in consultation with the instructor. Students must receive written approval of their project proposal from a department Chair before registering for the course.
Prerequisites: none
Credits: 0.5-1
Distribution: Literature/Fine Arts