Explore the origins of Western civilization with a deep dive into the classics.
Understand and study Latin and Greek with the Classical Studies minor. Study great
authors and learn some of the world's most ancient languages.
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Why minor in classical studies?
The study of Latin and Greek opens a window into the roots of Western civilization
and the origins of modern language. As a Classical Studies student at UND, you'll
study great authors like Homer and Socrates, learn some of the world's most ancient
languages, and prepare to thrive in any career.
As a Classical Studies minor, you can focus on Latin, Greek, or both Latin and Greek.
Each option combines language study with multidisciplinary coursework in subjects
such as history, political science, religion and philosophy, giving you a broad perspective
on classical culture.
Studying the classics builds skills and competencies such as critical and analytical
thinking, writing and oral communication, research, problem solving and creativity
— the skills that are most in demand in the workplace.
Classical Studies Minor Courses
CLAS 101. First Year Latin I. 4 Credits.
Introduction to Latin grammar and syntax, with selected readings from ancient authors. F.
CLAS 151. First Year Greek I. 4 Credits.
Introduction to ancient Greek grammar and syntax, with selected readings from ancient authors. On demand.
CLAS 185. Introduction to Classical Mythology. 3 Credits.
Study of literary and artistic representations of Greek and Roman mythology. Different methods of interpreting myths will also be explored. These include anthropological, philosophical and psychological approaches. On demand.
CLAS 211. Masterpieces Greek and Roman Literature in Translation. 3 Credits.
This course will introduce students to a wide range of classical literature from ancient Greece and Rome. We will survey major authors from the following genres: epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, and oratory. These works will provide a window to Greek and Roman history, culture, and society. In our engagement with these texts we will attempt to understand them both in their own times and in our era, where they have long been fundamental to liberal studies. All readings are in English translation. On demand.
CLAS 301. Latin Prose. 3 Credits.
Readings from major prose authors, such as Apuleius, Cicero, Sallust, Seneca, Livy, Petronius or Tacitus. Prerequisite: CLAS 202 or an equivalent approved by the department. Repeatable to 9.00 credits. On demand.
CLAS 311. Ancient Greek Theater. 3 Credits.
The playwrights fifth-century BCE Athens composed dramas whose beauty, elegance, and potency have endured into the twenty-first century. This course surveys the remaining works of the four greatest Athenian playwrights-the tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and the comedian Aristophanes- in an effort to discover the mysteries and the continuing appeal of ancient Greek theater. Students will approach the plays from different perspectives and contexts-mythological, historical, cultural, theatrical, and more- in order to understand how they functions both as myth and as social commentary. All readings are in English. On demand.
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