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Classical Studies Minor

Department of Literature and Language

Classical Studies Minor

Thomas H. Crofts

Welcome to Classical Studies! 


Department of Literature and Language 
Director, Classical Studies Minor

The Minor in Classical Studies provides students at ETSU a platform for the study of the languages, literatures, and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, the Latin Middle Ages, and the Jewish and Christian societies of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. This minor is under the direction of Dr. Thomas Crofts, who teaches Greek and Latin in regular rotation.

Grounded in the study of one of three languages—Ancient Greek, Latin, or Hebrew*—and interdisciplinary by nature, the Classical Studies Minor offers a rigorous, well-rounded curriculum which, in the best tradition of the liberal arts, complements any major field of study at ETSU, from the sciences to fine arts.

Exempli gratiā: for their final Latin 2020 project, two of ETSU's finest Latinists, Adam Timbs and Zach Whittaker, translated into Latin two songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, performing and recording (with the Classical Studies Minor director on drums) "Born on the Bayou" and "Travellin' Band." By special permission of the songs' composer, the legendary John Fogerty, you can hear these tracks in full by clicking the titles below.

 Nascebar in palo ("Born on the Bayou" by John Fogerty © 1968 Jondora Music. Used by permission.)

 Ludens itando turba ("Travelin' Band" by John Fogerty © 1970 Jondora Music. Used by permission.)

 Roman musicians

a photograph of the recording session


Besides its applications in academic research and creative expression, the study of classical languages is itself one of the most effective ways to sharpen English skills, giving polish to spelling, syntax, and style, and illuminating the rules of grammar. While required by most doctoral programs in Classics, Philosophy and History, having a classical language is a tremendous advantage to graduate school applicants in most any field.

With a requirement of two semesters of language study at the 2000 level, and one required special topics course, the Minor requires the student to pursue nine further credits of electives, taking relevant courses in art, art history philosophy, history, religion or literature. Students should also consider the possibilities of ETSU's new exchange program with John Cabot University in Rome, which affords further opportunities to satisfy Classics Roma itself! Thus, within its own set of requirements, the Minor may be shaped to the particular interests of the student.

Quaestionēs? Please me.




*Hebrew credit can be accepted from other accredited institutions.

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