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Classical Languages Major - B.A. Program

Program Objectives

Upon graduation, students earning this degree should be able to demonstrate:

1. Advanced competency in foreign language skills in ancient Greek and Latin:

  • Recognize and employ a substantial vocabulary in both languages
  • Identify and use correct forms of nouns, pronouns, adjectives & verbs
  • Understand and employ correct grammar & syntax
  • Comprehend and correctly translate Greek & Latin prose & poetry
  • Interpret Greek & Latin literature effectively in their cultural contexts

2. Broad familiarity with ancient Greek & Roman culture:

  • Recognize and discuss major figures and developments in Greek & Roman history
  • Identify and discuss major characteristics of Greek & Roman civilization, including typical values and beliefs
  • Know and discuss major contributions of Greek & Roman culture to our own
  • Understand and discuss the cultural diversity of the Greek & Roman world and the rise of Christianity within it

3. Special knowledge of at least three major Greek authors & three Latin authors

  • Understand and discuss the context, structure, and function of literary works
  • Employ appropriate skills in the critical analysis of literature

4. Appropriate writing and research skills:

  • Translate Greek & Latin texts accurately into idiomatic English
  • Analyze Greek & Roman literature and civilization effectively in essays
  • Identify and employ classical scholarship appropriately in research

5. Empathy for the ancient Greeks & Romans and discernment in using the classical heritage to serve the modern world:

  • Understand the values and beliefs of ancient Greek & Roman writers & artists and discuss reasons for those beliefs
  • Articulate a Christian perspective toward Greek & Roman civilization and their significance for our own
  • Consider the transmission, assessment, and renewal of the classical heritage as a task of Christian stewardship and part of our vocation

Classical Languages Major

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