- <a href="/live/image/gid/399/width/650/86399_Classics_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86399"> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(max-width: 500px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/399/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86399_Classics_main_image.rev.1607381705.jpg 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" media="(min-width: 501px)" srcset="/live/image/gid/399/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86399_Classics_main_image.rev.1607381705.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/399/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86399_Classics_main_image.rev.1607381705.jpg" alt="Professor Kelly with students at an archeological dig site in Italy in 2014." width="720" height="690" data-max-w="905" data-max-h="867" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a><div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption"> Professor Kelly with students at an archeological dig site in Italy in 2014.</div>
Spring 2023 Courses
GRK 102 Classical Greek
Gordon Kelly MWF 9:10am - 10:10am
Beginning classical Greek. Emphasis on basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to read classical texts and writings from the Hellenistic period. Conversational and modern Greek not covered. May be used toward the world languages requirement.
Prerequisites: GRK 101 or placement exam
HIST 219 Ancient Rome
Gordon Kelly TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm
A history of Rome from the foundation of the Roman Republic in the late 6th century B.C. to the end of the Severan dynasty in 235 A.D. Special emphasis on Rome’s political transformation from a republic to an empire and the effect of this transition on Roman civilization. Topics include Roman conquest and imperialism, religion, contact with other Mediterranean cultures, class conflict, law and governance, slavery, and family structure. The interpretation of primary-source materials (especially ancient historical writings) and the problems of reconstructing the history of a civilization that flourished 2,000 years ago.
LATN 202 Advanced Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid
Gordon Kelly MWF 10:20am - 11:20am
Readings in advanced Latin. Emphasis on reading Latin texts of the classical period. May be repeated once with a change of topic. (See registrar’s office for assistance with registering for a second iteration.)
Prerequisites: LATN 201
RELS 298 Religion and Climate Change
Rob Kugler MWF 9:10am - 10:10am
Examination of the relationship between climate change and the study of religion. Perspectives on how religious identity shapes attitudes toward climate change; the way various religious traditions engage with climate change; the ways in which the concept of “religion” has been shaped by climate change (and how
the concept of religion has likewise impacted our understanding of climate change); ways in which climate change itself can be defined as a “religious event.”
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing required
RELS 335 Gender, Sex, Jews, Christians
Rob Kugler MWF 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Study of the genesis of modern Jewish and Christian attitudes toward gender and sexuality, exploring the ways in which Greek and Roman attitudes toward gender and sexuality shaped Judaism and Christianity at their origins. Assessment of the extent to which the two religious traditions shaped broader cultural attitudes and practices relating to gender and sex, using the study of sex and gender in early Judaism and Christianity to take a critical look at how we define “religion” in the premodern world.
Prerequisites: At least one course in religious studies, classics, or history. Sophomore standing required
ART 208 Ancient Art
Benjamin David MWF 10:20am - 11:20am & 1:40pm - 2:40pm
An introduction to art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean, focused on Greece and Rome. Special attention given to the intersections of art and literature and the role of art as a tool of politics. Theories in classical culture about the visual image, the artist, and the practice of narrative; how our definition of classical art is often shaped by the early modern period’s views.
PHIL 453 Species, Conservation, & Human Nature
Jay Odenbaugh TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm
Advanced study of topics covered in 300-level themes in philosophy courses, in areas other than value theory. May be repeated with change of topic.
Prerequisites: PHIL 101. PHIL 250. One 300-level philosophy course. Sophomore standing required
POLS 310 Pillars of Western Political Thought: Plato to Machiavelli
John Holzwarth TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm
Great works of political philosophy from ancient Greece and Rome, early Christianity, and the Renaissance. Themes include the foundations of morality and justice, the role of hierarchy in politics, and the role of politics in cultivating human excellence. Works may include Thucydides’
History of the Peloponnesian War
Apology , Crito , and Republic ; Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics ; Augustine’s City of God ; and Machiavelli’s The Prince , among others.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing required
- Annabelle Rousseau BA ’23More about Annabelle
My favorite and most challenging class has been Emerging Topics in Environmental Law with Adjunct Professor Karen Russell. We dove into the history of environmental law in the U.S., and the landmark cases and pieces of legislation that inform the environmental field today.
- Merrilee A. MacLean BA ’74More about Merrilee
L&C reinforced my work ethic, and made me believe I could do anything I wanted to if I worked hard enough.
- Emily Larabee BA ’25More about Emily
So far, my favorite class has been Contemporary International Fiction with Professor Rishona Zimring. It was the perfect blend of reading for pleasure while also honing in on my critical-thinking and argumentative writing skills.