Provided here are the course descriptions for the classes offered in the Classical and Medieval Studies Minor.
GREK 2010 - Intermediate Ancient Greek I (3) / GREK 2020 - Intermediate Ancient Greek II (3)
Prerequisites: GREK 1020. Continued study of grammar and syntax. Acquaint students with the great prose writers of fifth-century (B.C.E.) Athens. Readings may include Herodotus, Histories, Demosthenes, On the Crown, and selected dialogues of Plato.
LATN 2010 - Intermediate Latin I (3) / LATN 2020 - Intermediate Latin II (3)
A continuation of first year, with reading from Latin prose and poetry and some prose composition.
LATN 4910 - Special Topics in Classical Latin (3)
Presents literature and language of ancient Rome and/or the Latin Middle Ages, specific subject matter to be determined by the instructor. Can be repeated for credit.
GREK 4910 - Special Topics in Classical Greek (3)
Literature and language of Ancient Greece and/or of late-Antique and Medieval Hellenism, specific subject matter to be determined by the instructor. Can be repeated for credit.
ARTH 4017 - Classical Art (3)
A survey of the arts of Greece and Rome. Offered in alternate years.
ARTH 4027 - Medieval Art (3)
A survey of European architecture, sculpture, and painting from Late Antiquity to the end of the Gothic period.
ENGL 3280 - Mythology (3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. Studies classical mythology and myths from other cultures and relation of myth to literature, psychology, and popular culture.
ENGL 3700 - The Bible as Literature (3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. Introduces the literary genres employed (e.g., narrative, lyric poetry, proverbs, apocalyptic writing) and the Bible’s unique place in English and world literary heritage.
ENGL 4700 - Chaucer and Medieval Literature (3)
Prerequisites: ENGL 1020. Covers The Canterbury Tales and other selections from the period.
HIST 3310 - Ancient History (3)
A survey of the origins of ancient urban civilization, including the river valley civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, Israel, and Greece, with emphasis on the development of cultural, religious, political, and social institutions.
HIST 3311 - History of Ancient Greece (3)
A study of ancient Greece from its origins in the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Age, with special emphasis on the political, philosophical, and intellectual ideas which form the basis of Western civilization.
HIST 3312 - History of Rome (3)
A survey of ancient Rome from its origins to the 4th century A.D., including the Regal period, the struggle of the Orders, the growth of the republic, Roman institutions, the Roman conquest of Italy, the Fall of the Republic, and the growth of autocracy, adjustments in the Empire, the early Christian church, and the culture of Rome and of its subject peoples.
HIST 3313 - Women in the Ancient World (3)
A study of the history and circumstances of women in antiquity, including the cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.
HIST 3320 - Early Medieval and Carolingian History (3)
Introduction to the study of medieval history from the decline of ancient civilization to the beginning of the Renaissance Emphasis on institutional and cultural development.
HIST 3321 - History of Byzantium (3)
This course surveys the social, economic, religious, and political history of the Byzantine, or Later Roman Empire, from the Crisis of the Third Century to the final conquest of Byzantium in 1453 by the Ottoman Empire.
HIST 3322 - The Middle Ages (3)
A historical survey of the major developments and events in European history between 950 and 1300 from an interdisciplinary perspective, including state centralization, the twelve-century Renaissance, the origin of the university, scholasticism, gothic art, and a basic political narrative of events.
HIST 3910 - History of Christianity (3)
A survey of the history of the Christian movement, from the early Church to the diverse expressions of Christianity in the modern world.
HIST 3911 - Ancient Religions (3)
A study of the origins, development, and function of religion in the ancient world of the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Greece and Rome. The course will cover the religions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Greece and Rome, as well as Gnosticism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.
HIST 3912 - Ancient Isreal and Modern Scholarship (3)
This course provides a survey and explanation of the approximately last two hundred years of research into the history of Ancient Israel.
HIST 3914 - The Historical Jesus and the Early Church (3)
This course will deal with the scholarly question of the “historical Jesus,” as versus the “Jesus of faith,” and the idea of “Jesus” in the early Christian Church. In the process, we will look at the development of New Testament scholarship, the development of scholarly and historical approaches to New Testament studies, and the gradual evolution of the man Jesus of Nazareth to Jesus Christ, “the Son of God,” with the attendant consequences of that change.
HIST 3920 - History of Islam (3)
A survey of pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet and his career, the Qur’an, doctrine and ritual, law, Sufism, sects in Islam, the Caliphate, and Islam in the modern world.
PSCI 4100 - Classical Political Philosophy (3)
Examines the classical tradition in political thought with emphasis on reading the works of Plato and Aristotle, as well as those of later representatives of this tradition.
PHIL 3010 - History of Ancient Philosophy (3)
Prerequisites: Two (2) PHIL courses at the 1000 - 2000 level, or permission of the instructor. Covers development of Western philosophy in the Greek world from the pre-Socratic philosophers to Plotinus. Major emphasis is on Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
PHIL 4107/5107 - Classical Political Philosophy (3)
Prerequisites: At least one (1) PHIL course at the 3000 level; or permission of the instructor. Examines classical tradition in political thought with emphasis on reading the works of Plato and Aristotle, as well as those of later representatives of this tradition.
RELI 3240 - Hebrew Scriptures (3)
Prerequisites: RELI 2210, or permission of the instructor. A historical and literary survey of the Hebrew Bible. (fall, odd years)
RELI 3250 - Greek Scriptures (3)
Prerequisites: RELI 2210, or permission of the instructor. A historical and literary survey of the Greek/ Christian Scriptures. (spring, even years)