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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


Classics (CLAS)


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Associate Professor: Stephen Andrew Brunet, Robert Scott Smith, Stephen M. Trzaskoma
Senior Lecturer: Richard E. Clairmont

While it is true that classical Greek and Latin are no longer spoken languages, the literature and art of the Ancients speak to us still. To study the classics is to come into direct contact with the sources of Western civilization and culture, both pagan and Christian. An intimate knowledge of our Greco-Roman heritage furnishes students of the classics with historical, political, and aesthetic perspectives on the contemporary world. An undergraduate classics major provides excellent preparations for careers not only in academic, but also in nonacademic professions. A background in classics is, moreover, highly advantageous for applicants to graduate and professional schools in English, modern languages, history, philosophy, law, medicine, and theology. Finally, for the qualified student who is undecided about a major but interested in a sound liberal arts education, classics may be the best option.

The classics major is offered by the classics program of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The minimum requirements for a major in classics are 40 credits offered by the classics program. Twenty-four of these must be in Greek and/or Latin. A classics major must complete as a minimum a 700-level course in one of the classical languages. A minimum of three courses must be taken at the Durham campus. Students will be encouraged to take courses in related fields such as ancient history, classical art, modern languages, and English, and to take part in overseas study programs in Greece and Italy.

A minor in classics consists of five courses (20 credits) in classics, Greek, and/or Latin.

The coordinator is R. Scott Smith, Murkland Hall; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, (603) 862-2388; e-mail

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