Apr 13, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classics


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Professors: Cheshire, Krentz (Chair), Neumann, Toumazou
Instructor: Truetzel 
Affiliated Faculty: Ahrensdorf (Political Science), W. T. Foley (Religion), Griffith (Philosophy), Kabala (Digital Studies and History), 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 (A.B. Degree)


The department offers two majors, one in classical languages and literature and the other in classical studies.  The first focuses on ancient Greek and Latin; the second takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to Greek and Roman studies. 

Please note:

  • Students interested in either major should take CLA 111   as early as possible.
  • The department encourages all majors to study abroad in one of the lands of classical antiquity.
  • Students interested in graduate study in any area of classics will need to take more courses than either major requires.  Graduate programs in classical languages and literature prefer an emphasis on the languages, while valuing non-language courses.  Programs in classical archaeology and ancient history will expect both experience in those areas and relevant language courses beyond the 201 level.  Students might also wish to begin the study of French, German, or Italian.

Major in Classical Languages and Literature

A major in classical languages and literature requires ten (10) courses, including:

  • CLA 111  (The Ancient World);
  • six courses in Greek and Latin numbered above 200, including at least one in each language*;
  • two electives chosen from Greek and Latin courses numbered above 200, courses taught in translation (designated CLA), and/or cross-posted courses in philosophy, political schience, and religious studies);**
  • CLA 480 (Senior Research Seminar).

*LIT 432  may be counted toward this requirement if the practicing is done with Greek or Latin texts.  Be sure to discuss your intention with the instructor in advance.

** DIG 120  or CSC 120  may be counted toward this requirement if the student’s major project involves Greek or Latin texts.  Be sure to discuss your intention with the instructor in advance.

Major in Classical Studies

A major in classical studies requires ten (10) courses, including:

  • CLA 111  (The Ancient World);
  • three credits in Greek (GRE) and Latin (LAT), including one in each language;
  • five electives, including at least three designated CLA;**
  • CLA 480  (Senior Research Seminar).

*The remaining two electives may be any combination of Greek and Latin courses numbered above 200, courses taught in translation (designated CLA), and cross-posted courses in philosophy, political science, and religious studies).

 

Minor Requirements


The department offers three minors.

Minor in Greek

A minor in Greek requires 6 courses, including:

  • 5 courses in Greek numbered above GRE 200;
  • CLA 111   (The Ancient World).

Minor in Latin

A minor in Latin requires 6 courses, including:

  • 5 courses in Latin numbered above LAT 200; 
  • CLA 111   (The Ancient World). 

Minor in Classical Studies

A minor in classical studies requires six (6) courses, including:

  • CLA 111   (The Ancient World);
  • two credits in a single language, either Greek or Latin;
  • two electives designated CLA;
  • one elective designated CLA or a cross-posted course in philosophy, political science, or religious studies.

 

Placement


Greek

To continue your study of ancient Greek, contact the Greek coordinator, Prof. Keyne Chehsire at kecheshire@davidson.edu.

Students who have received a 6 or 7 on the higher-level International Baccalaureate Greek exam receive credit for Greek 199. If you do not wish to continue your study of Greek, you may schedule an interview with Prof. Cheshire to see if you can receive credit for Greek 201.

Students may enroll for one advanced Greek course at the 200-level if they have not taken a course above 201 in Greek before.

Latin

Students who have studied Latin previously must take a placement test before enrolling in Latin at Davidson. Students who have received a score of 4 or 5 on either or both of the Advanced Placement Latin tests, or 6 or 7 on the higher level International Baccalaureate Latin exam, receive credit for Latin 199. If your placement test score places you above Latin 201, and you do not wish to continue your study of Latin, you may schedule an interview with the Latin coordinator, Prof. Keyne Cheshire, at kecheshire@davidson.edu to see if you can receive credit for Latin 201.

For further information, see:  https://www.davidson.edu/academic-departments/classics/greek-and-latin-placement

Students may enroll for one advanced Latin course at the 200-level if they have not taken a course above 201 in Latin before.

Honors Requirements


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.  At the department’s discretion, in the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality incorporating original work, the department confers high honors.

Classical Studies Courses


All the courses prefixed CLA are taught in English. Those numbered between 100 and 398 are open to all students; no prior experience or expertise in Classics is required. As a rule, CLA 100-level courses are surveys in history, art, archaeology, or literature, while 200- and 300-level courses focus on particular topics within Classics. The numeration of CLA courses (100 vs. 200 or 300) reflects a difference in focus, not in degree of difficulty. CLA 400-level courses are seminars limited to 12 students, with the permission of the instructor required. 

Greek Courses


We offer at least one course in advanced Greek each semester. In recent years, we have offered courses in Euripides, Herodotus, Lyric Poetry, Plato, Thucydides, and the New Testament. Students may enroll in advanced Greek courses at the 200-level for their first semester of Greek beyond GRE 201. Individual instructors determine how the course requirements will differ for 200- and 300-level students.

Latin Courses


We offer at least one course in advanced Latin each semester. In recent years, we have offered courses in Catullus, Latin Letters, Ovid, Senecan Tragedy, the Transition to Empire, and Vergil’s Aeneid. Students may enroll in advanced Latin courses at the 200-level for their first semester of Latin beyond LAT 201. Individual instructors determine how the course requirements will differ for the 200- and 300-level students.

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