CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION (CLAS)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
O’Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) 328, (651) 962-5163
Quartarone, director 

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/mcl/programs/classicalcivilization/default.html

The study of Classical civilization – the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and their relationship to the societies of the Mediterranean and the Near East – is the origin and foundation of the modern university. To this day, it continues to be a model of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of culture, combining fields of literature and language, history, archaeology and art history, religious studies, and philosophy.

As a major or minor field of study at St. Thomas, Classical Civilization is an opportunity for students to include various disciplines under one rubric, thus allowing them to explore their talents and demonstrate their versatility. It also enhances students’ understanding of the origins of modern western culture - including its relationship to the ancient Near East -- while training them to work as different disciplines require. As a major or minor this interdisciplinary program includes introductory foundations courses and a series of courses from a variety of supporting disciplines. For the major, there is a also a capstone senior paper requirement.

Major in Classical Civilization

The major in Classical Civilization is comprised of five components: 1) Foundations courses, 2) Language courses, 3) Art History courses, 4) History courses, and 5) Elective courses.

Classical Civilization - Major Field Guide

Foundations courses (16 credits -- all required)

  • CLAS 225 The Classical Hero, Epic and Film (4 credits)
  • CLAS 245 Classical Mythology (4 credits)
  • CLAS 480 Senior Paper (0 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • PHIL 200 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)

Language Courses (complete a minimum of four credits)

  • GREK 212 Intermediate Greek II (4 credits) (prerequisites may be necessary)
  • LATN 212 Intermediate Latin II (4 credits) (prerequisites may be necessary)
  • GREK or LATN - Four credits numbered above 212

Art History Courses (complete a minimum of four credits)

  • ARTH 260 Women in Ancient Art & Culture (4 credits)
  • ARTH 305 Greek Art and Archaeology (4 credits)
  • ARTH 310 Roman Art and Archaeology (4 credits)

History Courses (complete a minimum of eight credits)

  • HIST 111 Origins of the Modern World to 1550 (4 credits)
  • HIST 203 Ancient Egypt and the Near East (4 credits)
  • HIST 205 The Ancient Greek World (4 credits)
  • HIST 208 History of Roman World (4 credits)
  • HIST 386 Historical Archaeology (4 credits)

Elective Courses (complete a minimum of eight credits, in two different areas)

  • CLAS 397 Topics (4 credits)
  • Any ARTH course listed above not already taken
  • Any GREK or LATN course above 212 not already taken
  • Any HIST course listed above not already taken

Minor in Classical Civilization

The minor in Classical Civilization will be comprised of four components: 1) Foundations courses, 2) Language courses, 3) History courses, and 4) Elective courses.

Foundations Courses (complete a minimum of eight credits)

  • CLAS 225 The Classical Hero, Epic and Film (4 credits)
  • CLAS 245 Classical Mythology (4 credits)
  • CLAS 397 Topics (4 credits)

Language Courses (complete a minimum of four credits)

  • GREK or LATN - Four credits numbered 212 or above

History Courses (complete a minimum of four credits)

  • HIST 203 Ancient Egypt and the Near East (4 credits)
  • HIST 205 The Ancient Greek World (4 credits)
  • HIST 208 History of the Roman World (4 credits)
  • HIST 386 Historical Archaeology (4 credits) 

Elective Courses (complete a minimum of eight credits)

  • ARTH 260 Women in Ancient Art & Culture (4 credits)
  • ARTH 305 Greek Art and Archaeology (4 credits)
  • ARTH 310 Roman Art and Archaeology (4 credits)

Any CLAS course listed above not already taken (4 credits)

  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • Any GREK/LATN above 212 (4 credits)
  • Any HIST course listed above not already taken (4 credits)
  • PHIL 200 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHIL 320 Aristotelian Logic (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
CLAS  225 Classical Hero & Film 4
CLAS  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CLAS  245 Classical Mythology 4
CLAS  269 Research 2 OR 4
CLAS  298 Topics 4
CLAS  389 Research 2 OR 4
CLAS  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
CLAS  397 Topics 4
CLAS  480 Senior Paper 0