Classics

Classics

Classics – Courses & Curriculum

The Classics Major at Canisius is designed to accommodate students interested in both ancient Greek and Roman culture. We offer three tracks of study: Greek Language and Hellenic Studies (CLSG), Latin Language and Roman Studies (CLSL), and Classical Studies (CLSS).

Greek Language and Hellenic Studies Track/CLSG

Classical Greek/CLG (at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above)

18 credits

CLS 103 OR CLS 104

3 credits

CLS 205 OR CLS 206

3 credits

4 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives, no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental. 6 CLL credits strongly recommended. Interdepartmental electives include: ANT 230, FAH 101, 210, 213; HIS 106; HON 110; PHI 301, 302, 401, 402; RST 251, 325

12 credits

Total (12 courses)

36 credits


Latin Language and Roman Studies Track/CLSL

Latin/CLL (at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above)

18 credits

CLS 103 OR CLS 104

3 credits

CLS 205 OR CLS 206

3 credits

4 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives, no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental. 6 CLG credits strongly recommended. Interdepartmental electives include: ANT 230, FAH 101, 210, 213; HIS 106; HON 110; PHI 301, 302, 401, 402; RST 251, 325

12 credits

Total (12 courses)

36 credits


Classical Studies Track/CLSS

4 CLG or CLL course (at least 6 credits at the 200 level or above)

12 credits

CLS 103 OR CLS 104

3 credits

CLS 205 OR CLS 206

3 credits

6 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives, no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental. 6 CLL credits strongly recommended. Interdepartmental electives include: ANT 230, FAH 101, 210, 213; HIS 106; HON 110; PHI 301, 302, 401, 402; RST 251, 325

18 credits

Total (12 courses)

36 credits


Classics Departmental Minor/CLS

Classical language: two semesters of Latin or Greek 

(CLL OR CLG)

6 credits

CLS 103 or CLS 104

3 credits

CLS 205 or CLS 206

3 credits

2 Classics electives: two upper-level (select for any CLG, CLL or CLS courses at the 200-level or above; FAH 210 and 213)

6 credits

Total (6 courses)

18 credits


Courses

CLS 103 Greek History 
(Accepted for HIS credit) 3 credits
Social, political, and intellectual history of the Greeks from the end of the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period. (Global Awareness Attribute, Field 4)   

CLS 104 Roman History 
(Accepted for HIS credit)
    3 credits
Social, political, and intellectual history of Rome from the foundation of the city to Late Antiquity. (Global Awareness Attribute, Field 4) 

CLS 200 The 300: Myth and Reality 
(Accepted for HIS credit) 3 credits
The 300 Spartans’ defense of Thermopylae and its subsequent portrayal in literature, art and film from antiquity to the present. 



CLS 205 Mirror of the Past: Greece  3 credits
Fundamental social, political, moral, religious and intellectual aspects of the human condition as reflected in a variety of Greek writers, art, and artifacts. (Global Awareness Attribute, Field 3) 

CLS 206 Mirror of the Past: Rome 3 credits
Fundamental social, political, moral, religious and intellectual aspects of the human condition as reflected in a variety of Roman writers, art, and artifacts. (Global Awareness Attribute, Field 3) 

CLS 207 Mythology and Literature       3 credits
Major classical myths: origin, content and interpretation. Modern approaches to mythology. Influence upon literature and ethical principles and theories. (Ethics Attribute, Field 3) 

 

CLS 208 Epic Heroes   3 credits
Portrayal of heroes in Gilgamesh, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonius’Argonautica and Virgil’s Aeneid. Influence of ancient epic heroes on literature, art and film from antiquity to the present. (Field 3)   

FAH 210 Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art 
(Accepted for CLS credit)
3 credits
Introduction to the formal and cultural analysis and interpretation of the painting, sculpture and architecture of ancient Egypt and the Near East. (Field 3)  

 

FAH 213 Greek and Roman Art (Accepted for CLS credit)   
3 credits
A study of the temples, tombs, pottery, painting and sculpture of the Greek and Roman worlds, of what these objects meant to their creators, and of how they have influenced the things we see around us and our feelings about beauty and art. (Field 3)  

CLS 214 Greek and Roman Tragedy 
(Accepted for WST credit)
3 credits
Study of fifth-century Greek tragedy, its origins, cultural setting, staging, performance and influence. Readings from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca. (Ethics and Oral Communication Attributes, Field 3) 

 

CLS 215 Greek and Roman Comedy   3 credits
Study of Greek and Roman comedy, its origins, cultural settings, staging, performance and influence. Readings from Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence. (Field 3) 

 

CLS 300 Roman Law and Society
(Accepted for HIS and WST credit)
3 credits
Exploration of major concepts and principles of Roman law and the society in which they developed. Studies of cases from the writings of Roman jurists.  (Justice and Oral Communication Attributes, Field 5) 

 

CLS 301 The Age of Cicero 
( Accepted for HIS credit)  3 credits
An introduction to Roman literature and society in the first century B.C. with a focus on the development of the genres of Latin literature and the relationship between politics and literature. (Writing Intensive Attribute, Field 3)

CLS 308 Pagans and Christians
(Accepted for HIS and RST credit)
3 credits
Religious thought and action from the 3rd through 8th centuries A.D. The idea of the holy; manifestations of the sacred; body, soul, cosmos; Christianity and classical culture; Neoplatonism. (Global Awareness Attribute, Field 1)   

CLS 309 Greek and Roman Religion 
(Accepted for RST credit)

3 credits
Religious thought and action in ancient Greece and Rome from Homer through the 2nd century A.D. Polytheism, anthropomorphism, ritual, cult and sacrifice. (Oral Communication Attribute, Field 1) 

CLS 311 Alexander the Great 
(Accepted for HIS credit)
 3 credits
Philip II and the rise of Macedon. Alexander’s personality, his conquests, and their social, political and intellectual consequences. Hellenistic culture. (Global Awareness Attribute)  

CLS 312 The Greek Enlightenment 
(Accepted for HIS credit) 3 credits
Greek thought from Homer to Plato. Lyric poets, Hippocratic texts, Presocratics and Sophists, Athenian tragedy, Thucydides, Aristophanes and Plato. Impact of literacy on Greek thought. Greek philosophy in its social and historical context. (Field 2)

CLS 313 The Roman Revolution (Accepted for HIS credit) 3 credits 
Roman history from the end of the Third Punic War through Augustus. Roman imperialism and its consequences; the constitution of the Republic; the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, and Augustus; the nature of the Principate. 

CLS 314 The Decline and Fall (Accepted for HIS credit) 3 credits
Imperial crisis and recovery of the third century, Constantine and Christianity, barbarian invasions, late Roman Empire, rise of Islam, end of Late Antiquity. 


CLG Greek Language Courses
 


CLG 101 Elementary Greek 3 credits
Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical Greek. Selected readings. 



CLG 102 Elementary Greek  3 credits
Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical Greek. Selected readings. Prerequisite: CLG 101 or instructor's permission.  

 

CLG 201-206 Greek Literature    3 credits each
Selected Greek literary authors, genres, or themes. (Field 3) Prerequisite: CLG 101-102 or instructor's permission.   

CLG 207-212 Greek Historians    3 credits each
Selected Greek historical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 4) Prerequisite: CLG 101-102 or instructor's permission.  

 

CLG 213-218 Greek Philosophers   3 credits each
Selected Greek philosophical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 2) Prerequisite: CLG 101-102 or instructor's permission.  
  

CLG 301-306 Readings in Greek Literature 3 credits each
Selected Greek literary authors, genres, or themes. (Field 3) Prerequisite: instructor's permission. 

CLG 307-312 Readings in Greek History    3 credits each
Greek historical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 4) Prerequisite: instructor's permission. 

CLG 313-318 Readings in Greek Philosophy      3 credits each
Readings in selected Greek philosophical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 2) Prerequisite: instructor's permission.  

CLL Latin Language Courses

CLL 101 Elementary Latin  3 credits
Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical Latin.  Selected readings. 

CLL 102 Elementary Latin 3 credits
Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical Latin. Selected readings. Prerequisite: CLL 101 or instructor's permission.  

CLL 201-206 Latin Literature   3 credits each
Readings in selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes. (Field 3) Prerequisite: CLL 101-102 or instructor's permission. 

CLL 207-212 Roman Historians   3 credits each
Readings in selected Roman historical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 4)  Prerequisite: CLL 101-102 or instructor's permission. 

CLL 213-218 Roman Philosophers      3 credits each
Readings in selected Roman philosophical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 2) Prerequisite: CLL 101-102 or instructor's permission

CLL 301-306 Readings in Latin Literature 3 credits each
Readings in selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes. (Field 3)  Prerequisite: instructor's permission 

CLL 307-312 Readings in Roman History 3 credits each
Readings in selected Roman historical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 4) Prerequisite: instructor's permission.  

 

CLL 313-318 Readings in Roman Philosophy 3 credits each
Readings in selected Roman philosophical authors, genres, or themes. (Field 2) Prerequisite: instructor's permission.