Courses Offered Next Term
Dear Classics Enthusiasts,
I write to let you know about our course offerings for Fall 2021! We have some great ones!
Here’s the run-down:
First, Classical culture courses (taught in English):
Humanities 221: The Golden Age of Athens, MWF 10:20, SJU (Scott Richardson)
As Scott describes it, this is his “greatest hits of ancient Greece” course. It involves the study of gripping Greek tragedies, Greek comedies (“a bit R-rated, really”), Greek philosophy, and Greek history, all at an introductory level. For students new to college this year, it carries Human Experience and Thematic Encounter Truth designations. For students who started before this year, it counts as a Humanities course requirement.
History 220: The Sword and the Scroll: Violence and Cultural Exchange in Antiquity, MWF 11:30, SJU (Jason Schlude)
In this course, students explore a variety of case studies illustrating how different ethnic, gender, and socio-economic cultures interacted in Greco-Roman antiquity -- sometimes resulting in conflict and violence, sometimes in creative exchange, sometimes in both. It will count as a Cultural and Social Difference: Systems course under the new curriculum, and an Ethics Common Seminar under the old curriculum.
In addition, you could start a Classical language this fall:
Latin 111: Introduction to Latin I, MWF 9:10, SJU (Scott Richardson)
If you are digging Classics, and you have not taken a Classical language yet, this is a GREAT place to start. Note that you can do this at any time in your years at CSB/SJU: first, second, third, or fourth year. It is excellent to start early, but if you are a senior next year, you can still build this into your college education. Latin is a cool language, the readings are fun, the vocabulary is hugely important in fields like science, medicine, and law, as well as in English in general. It will make you a better and much more creative writer. It will help you stand out in your professional path after CSB/SJU. And it will allow you to be able to read some of the most fascinating and influential ancient writers out there: Catullus, Ovid, Plautus, Sallust, Livy, Tacitus, Suetonius, Petronius, and Augustine, among others. Consider it!
But if you can’t start such a language in the Fall 2021, then consider taking Greek 111 in the Spring 2022 term! This will be the first time that we allow students to begin a Classical language sequence in the spring term. Greek, too, is immensely fun and valuable and will distinguish you. It’s vocabulary also serves as the backbone for science and medicine. And again, it was a major contributor to the English language. Here, you will be able to read a different set of authors: the New Testament (yes, all that was originally written in Greek!), Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Aristotle, among others. Join us!
Finally, for returning students of Greek and Latin, we offer the following:
Latin 211: Intermediate Latin, MWF 1:50, SJU (Krista Osmundson)
Greek 211: Intermediate Greek, MWF 1:50, SJU (Jason Schlude)
Greek 342: Greek Tragedy, TuTh 9:35, SJU (Scott Richardson)
So if you can, do take a class with us! You won’t regret it. We never take our students for granted and teach every class like it is our first and last. We love it!
If you have any questions at all, please do reach out to us and we’ll help! It’s our job.
With best wishes,
Associate Professor of Classics
Chair, Department of Languages and Cultures