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Classical Greek and Roman Civilization

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College of Humanities

  • Coordinator: John P. Adams
  • (818) 677-3459 or (818) 677-3467
  • Sierra Tower 435
  • www.csun.edu/~hcfll004/classics.html

Program Committee

  • John P. Adams (Coordinator)
  • Owen Doonan (Art)
  • Cindy Stern (Philosophy)
  • Frank Vatai (History)

Interdisciplinary Program

  • Undergraduate:
  • Minor in Classical Greek and Roman Civilization

The Minor

A minor in Classical Greek and Roman Civilization is of interest and value to students who are studying Anthropology, Art History, Drama, English, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Communication Studies. A student who decides to minor in Classical Greek and Roman Civilization is required to meet with an advisor or the coordinator to plan her/his program. All courses in this program are conducted in English; a knowledge of Latin and Greek is not required. Students interested in a Special Major (B.A.) in Classical Greek and Roman Civilization should consult this catalog under Special Major.

Academic Advisement

Advisement is available from either the coordinator of the program or from members of the Program Committee.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Minor

The minor is interdisciplinary and is designed to offer the student a well rounded introduction to the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. The Classical Greek and Roman Civilization Interdisciplinary Minor Program is a multiple disciplinary and multicultural program which seeks to provide each student with a firm grounding in the basic principles and themes that underlie a complex, composite civilization which embodied features drawn from a considerable number of other ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Semitic, Thracian, etc.) and which transmitted its ideas and perspectives to many European and Mediterranean cultures over a period of more than 1500 years, and, through them, to the Modern World.

The Program is designed to ensure that the student will engage in broad study in a variety of fields, drawn from courses in three Colleges in the University (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication).

Classics (Greek and Roman literature, including genre studies in epic and drama); Ancient History (including study in both the Greek and the Roman world); and Ancient Art and Architecture (including study in Greek and Roman art); Philosophy.

The Program is designed to provide depth in the student’s course of study by requiring a trio of general, lower division courses (9 units), as well as a selection of more specialized upper division courses (18 units), for a total of 27 units in the Minor.

Requirements for the Minor

A. Lower Division Required Courses (9 Units)
  • FLIT 150 Gateways to Western Civilization (3)
  • ART 110 History of Western Art, I (3)
  • PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy (3)
B. Upper Division Required Courses (18 Units)
  • Select Three courses (9 units) from each of the following two categories for a total of 18 units.
1. Literature and Religion
Select two from the following:
  • CLAS 315 Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
  • FLIT 423 Greek and Roman Epic in Translation (3)
  • (Cross-listed with ENGL 423)
  • FLIT 480 Greek and Roman Literature (3)
  • (Cross-listed with ENGL 480)
  • TH 422 Theatre and Drama of Greece and Rome (3)
  • FLIT 424 Drama of Greece and Rome (3)
  • (Cross-listed with ENGL424)
2. Art History, History and Philosophy
  • ART 420 Greek Art and Architecture (3)*
  • ART 421 Roman Art and Architecture (3)*
  • HIST 410 The Ancient Greek World (3)*
  • HIST 411 The Roman World (3)*
  • HIST 497A Proseminar in Ancient History (3)*
  • PHIL 401 Advanced Ancient Philosophy (3)*

* All asterisked courses have prerequisites which may be waived by the instructor for students in this program.

The following recommended, but not required courses, will contribute to an understanding of classical Greece and Rome.

  • CLAS 101G. Elementary Greek I (3)
  • CLAS 102G. Elementary Greek II (3)
  • CLAS 201L. Intermediate Latin I (3)
  • CLAS 202L. Intermediate Latin II (3)
  • HIST 150 Western Civilization I (3)
  • HIST 303 Themes in Western Civilization (3)
  • POLS 111 Greek, Roman and Medieval Political Theory (3)
  • Total Units Required for the Minor
  • 27