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Classics

College of Liberal Arts

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Classics - CLSC Courses

LOWER DIVISION

100. The Classical World of Greece and Rome (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Introduction to the literature, language and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Use of primary sources, such as drama, epic, inscriptions, and the visual arts to explore issues of gender, mythology, theater, combat and sports, slavery and family.

101. Greek Mythology (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
A survey of the major Greek myths, sagas and tales of gods and heroes, and their influence on later eras, particularly ancient Rome.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CLSC 191.

110. Classical Archaeology (3)

Prerequisites/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Introduction to the study of the material culture of Greece, Etruria and Rome from the Minoans to Constantine. Covers history of archaeology, chronology and dating systems and analytical methods of material culture including urban planning, construction techniques, and architecture.

130. Women in the Classical World (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
A survey of the roles and status of women in ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria through literature by and about women and other ancient source material.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CLSC 135.

201. Ancient Greek Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
A survey of the literature of ancient Greece in translation from Homer and Hesiod to Lucian and the novelists (c. 700 BC to AD 400).

202. Latin Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE foundation requirements.
A survey of the literature of the ancient Romans in translation, focusing on major authors from Plautus to Augustine (200 BC to AD 450).

280. At Home in the Ancient World (3)

Prerequisite: Open only to Liberal Studies majors in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and to those enrolled in Track 1 of the Liberal Studies major.
Interdisciplinary introduction to the concept of ‘home’ in ancient world, focusing on diversity yet unity of this concept in global context.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper division course except upper division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

300I. Pagan Culture (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation requirement, completion of one or more Explorations course, and upper division standing.
Examines the mass cultures of the Greek and Roman periods, its worldview, and its philosophic and religious underpinnings through literary, artistic, archaeological and documentary sources.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CLSC 310I.

311I. Greek World (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary examination of the society and culture of ancient Greece emphasizing literature, the arts, and history. Topics include Homer, mythology and religion, lyric poetry, the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, the Athenian Golden Age, and Greek contributions to the modern world.
Same course as HIST 310I. Not open for credit to students with credit in CWL 310I or HIST 310I.

312I. Roman World (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary examination of the society and culture of ancient Rome emphasizing literature, the arts, and history. Topics include genesis and growth of the Roman world, transition from republic to Empire, imperial maturity, and Roman contributions to the modern world.
Same course as HIST 312I. Not open for credit to students with credit in CWL 312I or HIST 312I.

340. The Underworld (3)

Prerequisite: One course in Classics or consent of instructor.
In-depth investigation of the realm of the dead as given in ancient Greek and Roman myth. Topics include its topography and population, journeys to it, and interpretations of it. Comparative analysis of ancient myths of the underworld from other cultures.

350. Hollywood Does Rome (3)

Prerequisites: CLSC 100 or 101 or 202 or consent of instructor. An investigation of the filmmaker’s motives and the methods they have used to portray the ancient Romans from the beginnings of cinema to the present. Topics include imaging’ the past, the ‘power’ of the image, community and society, cultural imperialism, film theory, the ‘language’ of myth, and reception theory.
Same course as FEA 350. Not open for credit to students with credit in FEA 350.

380. Ancient Eats (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation or consent of Instructor.
Survey of food in the Roman Empire and elsewhere in the ancient Mediterranean world. Topics include farming, sustainability, trade, purchasing, processing, production, ingredients, recipes, tools, the place and function of feasts, and food in myth, cult and philosophy.

410I. Law and Literature in the Classical World (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Introduction to the study of philosophy and interpretation of law through classical literature that encompasses fundamental legal questions and ancient legal source material and the application of modern theories of literary criticism to ancient and modern law.

420I. Classical Drama (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Examination of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes both as literature and as theater. Includes origins of tragedy and comedy, later Greek and Roman drama, and debt of modern drama to the theater of Greeks.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CLSC 421.

430. Archaeology of Ancient Greece (3)

Prerequisite: one of the following courses: CLSC 110, ANTH 140, HIST 131, or AH 416/516, or consent of instructor.
The material culture of ancient Greece, from Minoans to Constantine including urban planning, architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, burial customs, religious and secular artifacts, epigraphy and numismatics. Examines chronology and dating systems, analytical methods and history of classical archaeology in Greece.

440. Archaeology of the Roman World (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of one of the following: CLSC 110, ANTH 140, HIST 131, or AH 417/517, or consent of instructor.
The material culture of Roman empire, from Villanovans to Constantine including urban planning, architecture, sculpture, painting, ceramics, burial customs, religious and secular artifacts, epigraphy and numismatics. Examines chronology and dating systems, analytical methods and history of archaeology of Roman empire.

490. Special Topics in Classics (1-4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics of special interest in Classics selected for intensive study.
Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

499. Directed Studies (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Directed studies to permit individual students to pursue topics of special interest.
May be repeated to maximum of 6 units.

GRADUATE LEVEL

598. Directed Readings in Classics (1-4)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Selected topics in Classics or Classical Archaeology will be studied in depth.
A term paper is required. Letter grade only (A-F).