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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Classics at USC

The classics program offers a major in classics which allows concentration in Greek or Latin languages or Classical Studies. Minors are offered in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies. The program offers courses in Greek and Latin; courses in translation (CLAS); and courses in the departments of art history, comparative literature, history, philosophy, and religious studies to provide a variety of enhancements to the study of literature and language of the ancient world. Adjunct faculty include Erin Roberts (Religious Studies); Adam Schor (History); Heike Sefrin-Weis (Philosophy); Jill Frank (Political Science).
 
Program Requirements for Classics Major with Classical Studies Concentration
(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)
For a general outline, see College requirements.

2. Program Requirements

6 hours from the following:

GREK or LATN at the 300 level or above; CLAS 305,320,321
CLAS 586 (3 hours)
CLAS 401 or CPLT 301 (3 hours)
HIST 302, 303, or 304 (3 hours)

Electives within the program (9 hours)

3. Cognates
See College requirements.
Note: These courses must be selected in consultation with the student's major adviser (12 hours)

4. Electives
See College requirements.

Classical Studies as a Cognate

Undergraduates may select a cognate program in Classical Studies without necessarily taking either Greek or Latin; this option is particularly attractive to students in the liberal arts. The cognate consists of 12 hours selected from the courses listed below, with the following restriction: a student may not count toward a cognate in Classical Studies any course offered by the department in which the student is majoring.


Classics Courses

Classics (CLAS)

Classics (CLAS) 230 Medical and Scientific Terminology. (3) Greek and Latin elements in the formation of medical and scientific vocabulary; designed for students intending to enter the scientific and health professions. No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin required. (Can not be used for the major).

CLAS 305/HIST 305 Greece and Rome in Film and Popular Culture.

320 Sexuality and Gender in Ancient Greece. [= WGST 320] (3) Evidence for women's lives as transmitted in ancient literary, epigraphical, and other remains; roles of women in these societies; images of women in their literature; male attitudes toward women; women's writings.

321 Sexuality, Gender and Power in Ancient Rome. [= WGST 321] (3)

324 Topics in Classical Humanities. (3) Intensive study of one topic per semester dealing with ancient contributions to Western civilization. Such topics include: women in the ancient and modern worlds; modern interpretations of classical literature; the roots of comedy; the hero in ancient and modern times; ancient religion (not mythology) and the rise of Christianity; the role of the writer in ancient and modern times. Not for Greek or Latin major credit. In English.  

360 Classical Origins of Western Medical Ethics. [= PHIL 312] (3) Examination of ancient Greek and Roman philosophical, medical, and literary works (in English) as sources for the origins of medical ethics.

401 Greek and Latin Literature in Translation. (3) A comparative survey of Greek and Latin masters.

469 Classical Drama. [=ENGL 395] (3) Representative plays by Greek and Roman dramatists.

586 Classical Mythology. (3) The major Greek and Roman myths, with emphasis on their meaning, functions, and influence on ancient and later Western culture.