Professors: Krentz, Neumann, Toumazou
Associate Professor: Cheshire (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Totten
Visiting Assistant Professor: Ager
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.
Major requirements for students entering 2013 or later
- CLA 111 (historical survey of the classical world);
- one course in Greek (GRE) or Latin (LAT) at the 200 level or above;
- one course in the other language (LAT or GRE) at any level;
- a survey in Greek or Roman literature (CLA 211 or 222);
- a survey in Greek or Roman art (CLA 241, 242, or 257);
- CLA 243, 258, or any other course in the area of classical archaeology at the 300 level or above.
- CLA 480 (senior capstone seminar);
- four additional courses (with any prefix) from among those listed below under Classical Civilization, Greek (201 or higher), and/or Latin (201 or higher), including a minimum of two courses prefixed explicitly as CLA, GRE, or LAT and numbered at the 300 level or above.
- The department strongly encourages students to take CLA 111 as early as possible in their pursuit of the major.
- Students interested in post-graduate study in Classics are strongly encouraged to a) study abroad, b) take as many courses as possible in both Latin and Greek, well beyond the number required for the major, and c) begin pursuing German, French, or Italian.
Major requirements for students entering before 2013
Students entering prior to 2013 must choose 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 111, 231, 232, or 253);
- at least one course in ancient art or archaeology;
- at least one seminar (CLA 400-498).
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 111, 231, 232, or 253);
- one course in ancient art or archaeology;
- one seminar (CLA 400-498).
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
All the courses prefixed CLA and numbered between 100 and 398 are open to all students. No prior experience or expertise in Classics is required. As a rule, CLA 200-level courses are surveys in art, archaeology, or literature, while CLA 300-level courses focus on particular topics within Classics. The numeration of CLA courses (200 vs. 300) reflects a difference in focus, not in degree of difficulty.
Classics Semester Abroad - SPRING 2015
Four-course-credit, biennial 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 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, Comedy, Horace, Livy, 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 determine how the course requirements will differ for the 200- and 300-level students.