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Below is the current department course list for Spring 2024 courses in Classics and Letters. Please refer to ClassNav or ONE for locations and enrollment. Please keep in mind that, depending on enrollment numbers or instructor availability, courses may change before the start of a semester.

Davis, MWF 10:30-11:20 pm
Pawlowski, TR 10:30-11:45 am

Gen-Ed: Art Form; Letters Category: History

Students will be introduced to stories of ancient gods, goddesses, heroes, and lovers as they have been depicted by various art forms through the ages. Examples of these art forms will include sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, and paintings. Through exposure to a variety of artistic time periods, students will craft educated opinions about artistic works, both ancient and modern, that represent mythological themes.

Joey Willams, MWF 10:30–11:20 am

Category:Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters category: History; Literature

This class is an introductory survey of the archaeological discovery of the ancient civilizations of the Near and Middle East and the Mediterranean World, including the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Roman, Minoan, Mycenaean, and Greek civilizations. Attention is given to principal sites for each civilization, their discovery, and the techniques and methodology of classical archaeology.

S. Huskey, MWF 12:30–1:30 pm

Category:Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters category: History; Literature

This course is an introduction to the world of Greek and Roman mythology. By reading both poetry and prose we will explore the traditional stories of the Greeks and Romans and how they reveal the values and beliefs of the people who told and retold them over the centuries. Through this extensive reading, students will develop both an appreciation for Classical mythology and their abilities to analyze both primary and secondary sources.

Walker-Esbaugh (Web)

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Designed to be of special use to students planning a career in the Allied Health professions. Study of the basic Greek and Latin elements of medical terminology through the analysis of select vocabularies and word lists.

Watson, MW 11:30–12:20 pm

Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters Category: History

Examines the development and dissemination of Roman civilization in ancient times and its influence on the modern world. Aspects of Roman culture such as literature, law, religion, art and architecture, education, intellectual life, popular entertainment, and the role of women are emphasized.

Greene, TR 3:00–4:15

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor. 

Lectures on the development of the ancient Greek and Roman drama. Lectures with readings and discussion from the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, and Seneca and from Aristotle's poetics. The influence of ancient drama on European literature.

Chambers, WEB

Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters Category: History

Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor.

Hellas examines the human factor dominating western history, philosophy, literature, and political science as Greek civilization chronologically evolves. Responsible behavior, balance, and control are the lessons of all Greek literature, art, philosophy, and social institutions. 

Williams, MW 3:00-4:15

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Lectures, occasionally illustrated and assigned readings. Survey of the architecture, sculpture, painting and minor arts in the Greek regions of the Eastern Mediterranean in the successive stages of their development; with analyses of dominant styles and detailed study of select masterpieces and monuments.

Alcock, MW 1:30-2:45 pm

Letters Category: History

Prerequisite: English 1213/Expository Writing 1213.

Athletic activities, and games of all kinds, were just as popular and significant in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds as they are today. We will use primary texts, artistic representations, archaeological discoveries, and modern analogies to explore topics ranging from the rise of the Olympic Games and gladiatorial combats, to just what people considered 'fun' in the ancient world. 

Koppert, MWF 10:30-11:20 am

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

With Aristotle's politics as the principal guide, the course follows the development of justice throughout the Greco-Roman experience.

R. Huskey, MW 1:30-2:45 pm

Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters Category: Literature

One of the most basic and universal aspects of being human is laughter and comedy. This course is a survey of various types of comedy (e.g., physical comedy, satire, puns, language games, mistaken identity, and stand-up) as they arise in literature from antiquity through the Middle Ages and into the 21st Century. Students will experience the serious hilarity of Plautus, Aristophanes, Juvenal, Shakespeare, George Carlin, Charlie Hill, Tina Fey, and others.

Pawlowski, TR 1:30 - 2:45 pm

Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters Category: Literature

Prerequisite: English/Expository Writing 1213.

This course introduces students to the historical period of Late Antiquity (circa 300 to 800 CE). The Mediterranean will be the center of attention, but Mesopotamia, Arabia, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Western Europe will also be considered in turn, along with the rise and development of Christianity and the emergence of Islam as a permanent presence in the East. 

Davis, MTWRF 9:30-10:20 am

With the aspiration of translating some of history’s most influential works, students will learn the foundational components of Attic Greek. Through the study of the core grammatical elements of the language, such as syntax, morphology, and pronunciation, students start the journey in this introductory course that culminates with the ability to read authentic texts written by ancient authors.

Davis, MWF 12:30-1:20 pm

Prerequisite: 1215 or equivalent, with a grade of C or better. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit six hours.

Reading designed mainly to increase the student's proficiency in rapid translation, in excerpts from the New Testament. (F)

Hansen MTWRF 10:30–11:20
Hansen MTWRF 11:30–12:20

An introductory study of the vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language, with practice in the reading of sentences and connected prose from selected Latin authors.

Williams, MTWRF 9:30-10:20

Huskey, MTWRF 11:30-12:20

Hansen, MTWRF 1:30-2:20


Prerequisite: 1115, or the equivalent, with a grade of C or better.

An introductory study of the vocabulary and grammar of the Latin language, with practice in the reading of sentences and connected prose from selected Latin authors.

Watson, MWF 1:30–2:20

Prerequisite: 1215, or equivalent, with a grade of C or better. May be repeated with a change of content; the maximum credit is six hours.

This course focuses on the reading and understanding of continuous prose passages in Latin. It begins with a review of word forms and then moves on to further practice with more complicated sentence constructions. Through this class, the student will begin to read Latin prose with increased proficiency and acquire a more thorough knowledge of Latin vocabulary and grammar. The readings include selections from the Vulgate, Caesar, and Livy. Roman history and culture will be an important part of the class.

Hansen, MWF10:30–11:20

This course will introduce students to Latin poetry, Students begin with Catullus and move on to Vergil, Horace, and Tibullus, building up to readings from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, one of the most influential works in all of Roman literature

Greene, TR 12:00–1:15

Prerequisite: 2113 and 2213. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit is six hours.

Selected readings from the works of Vergil, whose writings established the forms for all subsequent epic, didactic, and pastoral poetry in the West

R. Huskey MWF 9:30-10:20 am


Selinger, MW 9:00-10:15

Gen-Ed: Western Civ; Letters categories: History or Philosophy; Constitutional Studies Area: 1, 2, 3, or 4

Provides a broad introduction to the theory and history of constitutional governance. Includes the classical roots of constitutional thought, the contribution of the English common law tradition, the origins and structure of the U.S. Constitution, along with a sense of the constitutional basis of contemporary political controversies.

Anderson, TR 10:30–11:45

Letters categories: History; Literature; Philosophy
Prerequisite: ENGL 1213/EXPO 1213.

This course will take a literary approach one or more of the sacred texts from major world religions, examining such issues as narrative and poetic structure, character or the use of imagery or figurative language. It may also incorporate poets, novelists or dramatists whose work draws upon or investigates the sacred texts in question. (F, Sp)

R. Huskey, MWF 11:30-12:20

Letters categories: Philosophy, Literature, Philosophy

Prerequisite: ENGL/EXPO 1213 and Junior standing, or permission of instructor; Repeatable with change of content, maximum credit 6 hours. This course examines ideologies, historical events, and literary descriptions related to philanthropic and charitable endeavors. Students will gain a broader understanding of how modern organizations have evolved and consider what counts as "best practices" in philanthropy. The class can be applied toward the Letters major's requirement in history, literature, or philosophy. (Sp) [IV-WC]

Garofalo, TR 3:00-4:15

Letters Category: Literature

Prerequisite: English 1213 or Expository Writing 1213. It is a strange fact of literary history that the "Age of Reason" becomes obsessed with monsters. The Gothic becomes a genre in its own right and the supernatural, the monstrous, and the magical permeate the modern imagination. The course considers works from various national literary traditions and periods. (F, Sp)

Koppert, MW 4:30–5:45

Letters categories: History; Philosophy; Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1213/EXPO 1213. 


Anderson, TR 3:00–4:15

Letters categories: Literature 
Prerequisite: ENGL 1213/EXPO 1213.

This class explores the work of Tolkien.