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Classical Studies Major - B.A. Program

Program Objectives

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

1. Substantial understanding of ancient Greek & Roman cultures:

  • Recognize and discuss major figures and developments in Greek & Roman art, history, literature, and philosophy
  • 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

2. Special knowledge in classical art & architecture, history, literature, mythology & philosophy:

  • Understand and discuss the context, development, and function of works of classical art & architecture, history, literature, mythology & philosophy
  • Employ appropriate skills in the critical analysis of these works

3. Appropriate writing and research skills:

  • Analyze Greek and Roman literature & civilization effectively in essays of various kinds
  • Identify and employ classical scholarship appropriately in research
  • (for those whose major includes Greek or Latin courses) Translate Greek or Latin texts accurately into idiomatic English

4. 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 Studies Major

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