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Majors and Minors

The Department offers majors and minors in Classics and Comparative World Literature, as well as Subject Matter Competence for the Latin Teaching Credential.

Here is a link to the College of Liberal Arts Advising website with information on checklists, procedures, forms, and degree progress.

Checklists for Classics:

Roman Civilization Major

Greek Civilization Major

Classical Civilization Minor

Checklists for Comparative World Literature:

Language and Literature Major (Emphasis I)

World Literature Major (Emphasis II)

Cultural Studies Major (Emphasis III)

For advising:
see Dr. Kathryn Chew for Classics and the Latin Teaching Credential, MHB 606, (562) 985-5810

and Dr. Vlatka Velcic for Comparative Literature, MHB 606, (562) 985-1815

For Mandatory Freshman Advising, please see the advisors individually.

Classics Majors

Within the Classics major there are two concentrations (1) Roman Civilization and (2) Greek Civilization.

The Option in Roman Civilization requires 41-43 units with a minimum of 21 upper division units.

1. Elementary Latin: LAT 101A and 101B (8 units) OR LAT 300 (Intensive Latin—6 units).

2. Upper Division Latin: 12 units selected from: LAT 301 (4), 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410ABC, 490.

3. Classics 202.

4. Additional Courses in Classics: 12 units selected from: CLSC 100, 101, 110, 130, 300i, 312i, 340, 350, 380, 410i, 420i, 440, 490.

5. Courses in Antiquity: 8 units selected from: GK 101A, 101B; AH 408, 417; COMM 300; CWL 452 (with appropriate topic); HIST 131, 314, 318; PHIL 490 (with appropriate topic); POSC 301; R/ST 471i.

The Option in Greek Civilization requires 43 units with a minimum of 21 upper division units.

1. Elementary Greek: GK 101A and 101B (8 units).

2. Upper Division Greek: 12 units selected from: GK 301A, 301B, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 490.

3. CLSC 201.

4. Additional Classics Courses: 12 units selected from: CLSC 100, 101, 110, 130, 300i, 311i, 340, 380, 410i, 420i, 430, 490.

5. Courses in Antiquity: 8 units selected from: LAT 101A, 101B; AH 408, 416; COMM 300; CWL 452 (with appropriate topic); HIST 131, 313, 318; PHIL 421, 422, 490 (with appropriate topic); POSC 301; R/ST 471i.

Comparative World Literature Majors

Emphasis I: Language and Literature

The traditional undergraduate major in Comparative World Literature, designed to prepare the student for graduate study in Comparative Literature or related fields, with a 24 unit core and two 12 unit concentrations.

Requirements

1. Core Courses (24 units distributed as follows):

A. CWL 330A and 330B (6 units)

B. Genre. At least one of the following: CWL 346, 420, 422i, 440, 451i, 453; CLSC 421i.

C. Author. At least one of the following: CWL 430, 449.

D. Non-Western or Mythology. At least one of the following: CWL 334, 342, 350, 402, 403, 440, 445, 452.

E. Theory. At least one of the following: CWL 361, 365, 461.

F. Literary Movement or Comparative Study. At least one of the following: CWL 344, 349, 404, 406, 410, 448; CLSC 311i, 312i.

G. European Period. At least one of the following: CWL 431, 432, 435, 437, 438.

2. Concentration I: 12 upper division units in one foreign language, six of which must be in literature classes. If a language is chosen which offers a limited number of courses, some lower division units will suffice, but they must be, as a minimum, the equlvalent of four semesters of college study.

3. Concentration II: 12 upper division units in any one of the following areas: American Indian Studies, Art History, Asian and Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano & Latino Studies, Classics, English, Film and Electronic Arts, History, Music History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, or a second foreign language.

If the concentration is in American Indian Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, English-Option in Creative Writing, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies, or a second foreign language area, 6 of the units must be in literature courses. If the concentration is in Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies or Film Studies, appropriate courses may be chosen from any department offering such courses, including Comparative World Literature and Classics.

Emphasis II: World Literature

This emphasis offers a broad background in world literature in translation. It is appropriate for the student interested in focusing on global literature and culture as well as the student who elects the comparative world literature teaching option of the English Single Subject Credential program.

Requirements

A minimum of 36 unts is required, at least 24 upper-division units, distributed in the following way, with no more than two lower-division courses in any category (12 units total):

1. Required Courses (9 units): CWL 330A and CWL 330B; CWL 361 or 365

2. Area Courses (27 units): Three courses (9 units) from each of the three following groups:

A. World Literature: 100, 103, 104, 124, 334, 346, 350, 402, 403, 406, 440, 448

B. Literary Movements and History: 101, 342, 349, 414i, 422i, 430, 431, 432, 435, 437, 438, 449, 461

C. Cultural Studies: 132, 161, 220, 315i, 344, 404, 410, 420, 445, 451i, 452, 453

Foreign Language Requirement: Minimum requirement one year foreign language study. Two yeras recommended. Proficiency may be certified by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent.

Up to six units of required CWL classes may be substituted from upper-division foreign language literature classes. Consult the department advisor.

Emphasis III: Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of literary and other forms of cultural expression analyzed within their social and historical contexts. This emphasis is designed for students wishing to concentrate in cultural studies firmly grounded in literary study. It provides for an interdisciplinary pattern of courses in cultural studies drawn from various disciplines with the approval of a faculty committee.

Requirements

1. Core Courses (24 units distributed as follows):

A. CWL 330A and 330B (6 units)

B. Genre. At least one of the following: CWL 346, 420, 422i, 440, 451i, 453; CLSC 421i.

C. Author. At least one of the following: CWL 430, 449.

D. Non-Western or Mythology. At least one of the following: CWL 334, 342, 350, 402, 403, 440, 445, 452.

E. Theory. At least one of the following: CWL 361, 365, 461.

F. Literary Movement or Comparative Study. At least one of the following: CWL 344, 349, 404, 406, 410, 448; CLSC 311i, 312i.

G. European Period. At least one of the following: CWL 431, 432, 435, 437, 438.
Note: CWL 440 may be used in both groups B and D with appropriate different topics.

2. The Cultural Studies Concentration. 18 upper division units in appropriate cultural studies courses, approved by a faculty committee and drawn from the following departments or areas: American Indian Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Asian and Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Chicano & Latino Studies; Classics; Dance; English; Film and Electronic Arts; History; Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures; Women’s Studies, or other appropriate departments and areas of study. The faculty committee shall consist of the Chair of the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics and one additional full time faculty member in Comparative World Literature. Students are strongly encouraged to select a faculty committee and have their pattern of course work approved by the beginning of the junior year, but it must be approved by the beginning of the senior year.

Foreign Language Requirement. Basic reading knowledge of one foreign language is required. It may be certified by examination or by successful completion of two semesters of college study, or the equivalent. Consult the department advisor.

Minor in Classical Studies

The minor in Classical Studies offers students majoring in any subject an opportunity to supplement their education with background in the oldest European tradition.

Requirements: A minimum of 20 units, which must include at least 9 upper division units distributed as follows:

1. Two courses in Latin or Greek, both in the same language.

2. A minimum of two courses selected from : CLSC 100, 101, 110, 130, 201, 202, 300i, 340, 410i, 420i, 430, 440, 490; CWL 452 (with appropriate topic); or additional courses in Latin or Greek, not necessarily the same language selected in (1).

3. A minimum of two courses from the following: CLSC 311i or HIST 310i; CLSC 312i or HIST 312i; HIST 313, 314; PHIL 421, 422; AH 408, 416, 417; ANTH 140, 450; POSC 301, R/ST 471i.

Minor in Comparative World Literature

The minor in Comparative Literature provides a flexible program for the student who is majoring in another discipline, but who is interested in literature either for professional advantage or for intellectual enrichment.

Requirements: 18 units in Comparative Literature courses, of which at least 12 are upper division, excluding CWL 499.

Minor in Greek

A minimum of 20 units in Greek courses which must include 4 upper division courses (12 units). Prospective teachers are strongly urged to take, in addition, HIST 313, CLSC 101, 300i, and other courses touching on the ancient world.

The Minor in Greek is available to any non-Classics major.

Minor in Latin

A minimum of 20 units in Latin courses which must include 4 upper division courses (12 units). Prospective teachers are strongly urged to take, in addition, HIST 314, CLSC 101, 300i, and other courses touching on the ancient world.

The Minor in Latin is available to any non-Classics major.

Latin Teaching Credential

A Single Subject Credential in Latin is offered under the auspices of the College of Education at CSULB. Latin is included among “Languages Other Than English.”

The subject matter program in Latin consists of 37 units in Latin and related areas. Completion of these courses meets the subject matter competence requirement for the Single Subject Preliminary Credential in Latin. Courses taken for subject matter competence for the teaching credential also count toward units needed for the Classics B.A., Option in Roman Civilization. Prospective students should consult the Latin Credential Advisor and the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Program Advisor early to plan their programs.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Credential, prospective teachers of Latin are also required to complete 44 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate/credential student.

Requirements

1. Required courses: LAT 301 (Intermediate Latin), 401 (Vergil), 402 (Cicero), 410ABC (Latin Prose Composition).

2. Seven courses from the following: LAT 403 (Lyric and Elegy), 404 (Epic), 405 (Historiography of the Republic), 406 (Historiography of the Empire), 407 (Latin of the Early Principate), 408 (Roman Comedy), 409 (Roman Satire), 490 (Special Topics).

3. One of the following: HIST 312i (Roman World), 314 (Roman History); CLSC 420i (Classical Drama), 440 (Archaeology of the Roman World); AH 417 (Roman Art).

Students are required to keep a portfolio of written work produced in the above classes with instructor comments. Members of the Latin faculty evaluate the portfolio according to established criteria. The credential candidate also takes an exit examination administered by the Latin faculty which will assess pronunciation, speech and conversation, listening and writing, and reading. Credential students also produce a Latin play.