Professors: Krentz, Neumann, Toumazou
Associate Professor: Cheshire (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Totten
Affiliated Faculty: Ahrensdorf (Political Science), W. T. Foley (Religion), Griffith (Philosophy), Snyder (Religion), Studtmann (Philosophy)
Foreign Language Requirement
Any course in Greek (GRE) or Latin (LAT) numbered above 200 satisfies the foreign language requirement.
The Department of Classics offers a major with an emphasis in either classical civilization or classical languages.
Emphasis in classical civilization
- three courses in Greek (GRE) and Latin (LAT), including one course in each language and one course at the 200 level or above in either language
- eight other courses at the 200 level or above, including:
- at least one course in ancient literature (CLA 211, 222, or 254);
- at least one course in ancient history (CLA 231, 232, or 253);
- at least one course in ancient art or archaeology (CLA 243, 257, 258, 341, or 342;
- at least one seminar (400-level course).
Emphasis in classical languages
- seven language courses, including five at the 200 level or above and at least two in each language;
- four other courses at the 200 level or above, including
- one course in ancient literature (CLA 211, 222, or 254);
- one course in ancient history (CLA 231, 232, or 253);
- one course in ancient art or archaeology (CLA 243, 257, 258, 341, or 342);
- one seminar (400-level course).
Students who have studied Latin in secondary school must take a placement test before enrolling in Latin at Davidson. By qualifying scores on the placement test a student may be exempted from Latin 101, 102, and 201. Students who receive a score of 4 or 5 on either or both of the Advanced Placement Latin tests, or who receive a score of 6 or 7 on the higher level International Baccalaureate Latin exam, receive automatic credit for Latin 199. Any such student who places out of Latin 201 on our placement test will receive credit for 201 instead of 199.
Students may enroll for one advanced Greek and one advanced Latin course at the 200-level if they have not taken a course above 201 in the language before.
Candidates for departmental honors may be admitted to the honors program provided they have attained an overall grade point average of at least 3.2, an average of 3.5 or higher in the major, and the unanimous endorsement of the department’s faculty. In addition to the regular course requirements for the major, candidates for honors must complete and successfully defend a senior thesis. A student who receives an A- or better on the thesis and maintains the above grade point averages throughout the senior year will receive the department’s recommendation for graduation with honors.
Classical Civilization Courses
Classics Semester Abroad
Four course-credit program studying the art, archaeology, history, and literature of classical antiquity. Conducted on location in Greece, Italy and Turkey. At the discretion of the director, sites in other countries may be included. Open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors; limited to sixteen participants.
Advanced Course Information
We offer at least one course in advanced Greek each semester. In recent years, we have offered courses in Euripides, Hellenistic Poetry, the New Testament, Plato, Rhetoric, and Sophocles. Students may enroll in advanced Greek courses at the 200-level for only their first semester of Greek beyond GRE 201. Individual instructors will determine how the course requirements will differ for 200- and 300-level students.
Advanced Course Information
We offer at least one course in advanced Latin each semester. In recent years, we have offered courses in Catullus, Christian Latin Writers, Cicero, Comedy, Horace, Livy, Ovid, Pastoral Poetry, Satire, and Seneca. Students may enroll in advanced Latin courses at the 200-level for only their first semester of Latin beyond LAT 201. Individual instructors will determine how the course requirements will differ for the 200- and 300-level students.