Classics

Chair: Thomas M. Banchich, PhD

Introduction

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). Please see the Classics website for a more detailed description of the program, faculty, facilities, academic and co-curricular opportunities.

Qualifications

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major and a 2.0 overall average to graduate with a degree in Classics.

Advisement

All students should have an advisor in the major and should contact the department directly to have an advisor assigned if they do not already have one.  Major advisors are normally assigned in the sophomore year, but may be requested in the freshman year to supplement a student's freshman advisor (their GRIF 101 facilitator). Meetings with academic advisors are required prior to students receiving their PIN for course registration each semester. All majors should work closely with their advisor in discussing career expectations, choosing their major electives, developing their entire academic program and planning their co-curricular or supplemental academic experiences.

Major Experiences

Classics majors and minors are encouraged to become members of the Canisius Classics Club and to attend the weekly departmental Classics Tea@2. The department also offers the opportunity for Classics majors and minors to become members of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics Honor Society.

Dual Majors

Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a dual major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a dual major, it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Some dual major combinations can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional course work may be required. In order to declare a dual major, the student must complete the appropriate dual major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.

A major in Classics is a perfect complement to other majors in a broad range of disciplines — particularly Anthropology, Art History, Creative Writing, English, European Studies, History, Modern Languages, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies — and a worthwhile second major for students interested in careers in law or medicine.

Minors

Minors provide students the opportunity to pursue additional interests but generally do not require as many courses as a major.  Minors generally range from five to eight required courses. The minors page provides a complete list of minors and provides links to each minor. Some majors and minors can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement, but in some cases additional coursework may be required. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students must complete either the Canisius Core Curriculum or the All-College Honors Curriculum.

Free Electives

Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum or Honors Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach the minimum of 120 credit hours required for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours.

Major Requirements

All Classics Majors
CLS 103Greek History3
or CLS 104 Roman History
CLS 205Mirror of the Past: Greece3
or CLS 206 Mirror of the Past: Rome
Tracks
Select one of the following:30
Greek Language and Hellenic Studies Track/CLSG
Latin Language and Roman Studies Track/CLSL
Classical Studies Track/CLSS
Total Credits36

Greek Language and Hellenic Studies Track/CLSG

6 Classical Greek/CLG courses (at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above)18
4 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives (no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental)12
Total Credits30

Latin Language and Roman Studies Track/CLSL

6 Latin/CLL courses (at least 6 credits at the 300 level or above)18
4 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives (no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental)12
Total Credits30

Classical Studies Track/CLSS

4 Classical Greek/CLG OR 4 Latin/CLL courses (at least 6 credits at the 200 level or above)12
6 Classics/CLG/CLL/CLS electives (no more than two of which may be Interdepartmental)18
Total Credits30

Major Electives

Any CLG, CLL, or CLS course not used as a required course within the major may serve as a Classics elective.

Departmental Electives

CLG 101Elementary Greek I 13
CLG 102Elementary Greek II 13
CLG 201- CLG 218 13
CLG 301- CLG 318 13
CLG 400Paideia 13
CLL 101Elementary Latin 23
CLL 102Elementary Latin II 23
CLL 400Humanitas3
CLL 201- CLL 218 23
CLL 301- CLL 318 2
CLS 103Greek History3
CLS 104Roman History3
CLS 205Mirror of the Past: Greece3
CLS 206Mirror of the Past: Rome3
CLS 207Mythology and Literature3
CLS 214Greek and Roman Tragedy3
CLS 300Roman Law and Society3
CLS 301The Age of Cicero3
CLS 308Pagans and Christians3
CLS 309Greek and Roman Religion3
CLS 311Alexander the Great3
CLS 312The Greek Enlightenment3
1

6 CLG credits strongly recommended for students on CLS-Latin track.

2

6 CLL credits strongly recommended for students on CLS-Greek track.

Interdepartmental Electives

ANT 230Introduction to Archaeology3
FAH 101Cave Paintings, the Colosseum & Cathedrals3
FAH 210Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art3
FAH 213Greek and Roman Art3
HIS 106The Medieval World3
HIS 203Castles, Bones and Battleaxes: Material Culture of the Medieval World3
HON 110Western Tradition I3
PHI 301Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 302Medieval Philosophy3
RST 201Introduction to the New Testament3
RST 325Early Christianity3

Additional Course Considerations

Classics majors who are interested in pursuing graduate work in Classics are encouraged to enroll in German and French language courses.

Recommended Semester Schedule for Major Course Requirements

Freshman
FallSpring
CLS 103 or 205CLS 104 or 206
Select one of the following:Select one of the following:
CLSG: CLG 101
CLSG: CLG 102
CLSL: CLL 101
CLSL: CLL 102
Sophomore
FallSpring
CLS 207 (or other major elective)CLS 207 (or other major elective)
Select one of the following:Select one of the following:
CLSG: CLG 200 level
CLSG: CLG 200-level
CLSL: CLL 200-level
CLSL: CLL 200-level
Junior
FallSpring
CLSG: CLG 200 or 300-levelCLSG: CLG 300-level
Select one of the following:Select one of the following:
CLSL: CLL 200 or 300-level
CLSL: CLL 300-level
CLG 101CLG 102
Major electiveMajor elective
Senior
FallSpring
Select one of the following:Select one of the following:
CLSG: CLG 300-level
CLSG: CLG 400
CLSL: CLL 300-level
CLSL: CLL 400
Major electiveMajor elective

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goal 1

Students will develop proficiency in ancient Greek and/or Latin. 

Students will:
  • Objective A:   Demonstrate mastery of vocabulary, lexical skills, grammar, and syntax.
  • Objective B:  Produce a sound English translation of a Greek or Latin text which illustrates clear understanding of the text’s meaning. 

Learning Goal 2

Students will develop a command of ancient Greek and/or Roman literature and history.

Students will: 
  • Objective A:   Distinguish various features associated with major Greek and/or Latin authors and literary genres.  
  • Objective B:  Contextualize various people, events, and artifacts important to the study of Greek and/or Roman history and historiography.                                        

Learning Goal 3

Students will develop proficiency in the use of reference works and databases central to the discipline of Classics.

Students will: 
  • Objective A: Compile a bibliography on a classical subject, work, or author using standard Classics reference works and databases.
  • Objective B: Compile references to specific Greek and/or Latin words or phrases using standard Classics reference works and  databases. 

A minor in Classics is especially appropriate for students of Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Creative Writing, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Classics Minors

Students who wish to minor in Classics must meet the following requirements:

Classical Language
Two semesters of Latin or Greek (CLL OR CLG)6
CLS 103Greek History3
or CLS 104 Roman History
CLS 205Mirror of the Past: Greece3
or CLS 206 Mirror of the Past: Rome
Classics Electives
Select two upper-level electives from the following:6
Any CLG, CLL CLS courses at the 200-level or above
Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art
Greek and Roman Art
Total Credits18

Classics - CLS; Greek - CLG; Latin - CLL

Classics - CLS

CLS 103 Greek History 3 Credits

Social, political, and intellectual history of the Greeks from the end of the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: every fall.

CLS 104 Roman History 3 Credits

Social, political, and intellectual history of Rome from the foundation of the city to late antiquity.

Fulfills College Core: Field 4 (History), Global Awareness

Offered: every spring.

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.

Fulfills College Core: Field 3 (Literature and the Arts), Global Awareness

Offered: every fall.

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.

Fulfills College Core: Field 3 (Literature and the Arts), Global Awareness

Offered: every spring.

CLS 207 Mythology and Literature 3 Credits

Origin, content, and interpretation of the major classical myths. Modern approaches to mythology. Influence upon literature and ethical principles and theories.

Fulfills College Core: Ethics, Field 3 (Literature and the Arts)

Offered: fall & spring.

CLS 209 Greek and Roman Archaeology 3 Credits

History, methods, major sites, and current topics in Greek and Roman Archaeology from the Bronze Age through Late Antiquity.

Fulfills College Core: Field 5 (Social Sciences), Global Awareness

Offered: spring 2017.

CLS 214 Greek and Roman Tragedy 3 Credits

Study of Greek and Roman tragedy, its origins, cultural setting, staging, performance, and influence. Readings from Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Seneca.

Fulfills College Core: Ethics, Field 3 (Literature and the Arts), Oral Communication

Offered: fall & spring.

CLS 300 Roman Law and Society 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.

Fulfills College Core: Field 5 (Social Sciences), Justice, Oral Communication

Offered: anticipated spring 2017.

CLS 301 The Age of Cicero 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.

Fulfills College Core: Advanced Writing-Intensive, Field 3 (Literature and the Arts)

Offered: anticipated fall 2018.

CLS 308 Pagans and Christians 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, and cosmos; Christianity and classical culture; Neoplatonism.

Fulfills College Core: Field 1 (Religious Studies and Theology), Global Awareness

Offered: spring 2017.

CLS 309 Greek and Roman Religion 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.

Fulfills College Core: Field 1 (Religious Studies and Theology), Global Awareness, Oral Communication

Offered: every fall.

CLS 311 Alexander the Great 3 Credits

Philip II and the rise of Macedon. Alexander's personality, his conquests, and the social, political, and intellectual consequences of his reign. Hellenistic culture.

Fulfills College Core: Global Awareness

Offered: anticipated fall 2018.

CLS 312 The Greek Enlightenment 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.

Fulfills College Core: Field 2 (Philosophy)

Offered: anticipated fall 2017.

CLS 499 Independent Study 3-6 Credits

Directed research on a selected topic. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

Offered: occasionally.

Greek - CLG

CLG 101 Elementary Greek I 3 Credits

Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of classical Greek. Selected readings. Fall.

Offered: every fall.

CLG 102 Elementary Greek II 3 Credits

Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of classical Greek. Selected readings.

Prerequisite: CLG 101 or permission of instructor.

Offered: every spring.

CLG 203 Greek Literature: Homer 3 Credits

Selected readings from Homer.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 208 Greek Historians 3 Credits

Selected Greek historical authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 209 Greek Historians: Xenophon 3 Credits

Selected readings from Xenophon.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 213 Greek Philosophers 3 Credits

Book I of Plato's Republic and related texts.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 303 Readings in Greek: Homer 3 Credits

Selected readings from Homer.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 305 Readings in Greek Literature: Daphnis and Chloe 3 Credits

Longus' Daphnis and Chloe.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 306 Readings in Greek Literature 3 Credits

Selected Greek historical authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 307 Readings in Greek Literature 3 Credits

Selected Greek literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisites: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

Offered: occasionally.

CLG 308 Readings in Greek History: Sources for Athenian History 3 Credits

Selected Inscriptions and portions the Constitution of Athens attributed to Aristotle.

Prerequisite: CLG 102 or permission of instructor.

CLG 400 Paideia 3 Credits

Selected Greek authors, texts, themes, or genres.

Prerequisite: at least two semesters of CLG courses, completion of all other core curriculum requirements, & permission of the chair or instructor.

CLG 499 Independent Study: Greek 3 Credits

Directed research on a selected topic. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

Latin - CLL

CLL 101 Elementary Latin 3 Credits

Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of classical Latin. Selected readings.

Offered: every fall.

CLL 102 Elementary Latin II 3 Credits

Intensive introduction to the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of classical Latin. Selected readings.

Prerequisite: CLL 101, or one year of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

Offered: every spring.

CLL 201 Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 204 Readings in Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 205 Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 207 Latin Literature 3 Credits

Readings in selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisites: at least two years of Latin in high school through the senior year, or CLL 102, or permission of instructor.

Offered: occasionally.

CLL 210 Roman Historians 3 Credits

Selections from Livy.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 211 Latin Biography 3 Credits

Selections from Latin biographers.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 213 Roman Philosophers 3 Credits

Selected Roman philosophical authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 301 Readings in Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 304 Readings in Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 305 Readings in Latin Literature 3 Credits

Selected Latin literary authors, genres, or themes.

Prerequisite: CLL 102, or two years of high school Latin through the senior year, or permission of instructor.

CLL 400 Humanitas 3 Credits

Selected Latin authors, texts, themes, or genres.

Prerequisite: at least two semesters of CLL courses, completion of core requirements, & permission of the chair.

Fulfills College Core: Core Capstone

Offered: fall & spring.

CLL 499 Independent Study: Latin 3 Credits

Directed research on a selected topic. Independent studies require an application and approval by the associate dean.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair, & associate dean.

Offered: occasionally.