Classics (CLAS)College of Arts and Humanities
1210 Marie Mount Hall, 301-405-2013
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Chair: L. Doherty
Professors: L. Doherty, J. Hallett (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher)
Associate Professors: G. Staley
Assistant Professors: F. Barrenechea, J. Bravo
Lecturers: L. De Luca, M. Pittas-Herschbach
Affiliate Professors: J. Burton
Affiliate Associate Professors: J. Scholten
Professors Emeriti: H. Lee
Visiting Faculty: P. Parara (Visit Asst Prof)
Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym(s): CLAS, LATN, GREK.
Classics provides students with a liberal arts education: skills in written and oral use of language, close reading, critical thinking, and the appreciation of art, literature, and culture. The core subject matter of Classics consists of the Greek and Latin languages, the texts originally written in these languages, and the art and material culture of the peoples who spoke them. The program also studies the reception of these works in modern times and their relevance to us today.
Program Learning Outcomes
Having completed the degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Classics Department has its own Classics library as well as a Classics Club for its undergraduate majors.
Admission to the Major
Admission to the major simply requires a meeting with the undergraduate advisor. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.
Placement in Courses
Students with a score of 4 or 5 in the AP Latin test receive credit for Latin 201 (4 credits) and may not take LATN 201 or lower for credit. For further information, contact the department's undergraduate advisor.
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for the Classics major include the College of Arts and Humanities requirement of 45 upper-level credits completed.
The College's Global Engagement Requirement will be automatically fulfilled in the process of taking language courses in the Latin, Greek, and Latin and Greek tracks of the major. Students in the Classical Humanities track who elect to study Latin or Greek to the intermediate level (LATN 201 or GREK 201) will also satisfy the Global Engagement Requirement.
No course grade below the grade of C- may count toward the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
I. Foundation Courses - 12 credits at the 100-200 level, at least 6 of which must be in Classics (CLAS courses).*
II. Advanced Courses - eight courses at the 300 level or above, of which four must be in Classics and one must be CLAS 409X (capstone seminar), to be taken in the junior or senior year. As a special exception, either LATN 201 or GREK 201, intermediate Latin or Greek, may be counted as one of the advanced courses. Students are still required to fulfill the ARHU requirement of 45 300-400 level credits.
Requirements for the Minor
No course grade below the grade of C- may count toward the minor. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
This minor introduces students to the Latin language and enables them to read, in Latin, important works of Latin literature. For students with no prior experience of Latin, the minor requires 21 credits, consisting of the following courses:
This minor introduces students to ancient Greek and enables them to read, in Greek, important works of Greek literature. This minor requires 21 credits, consisting of the following courses:
Departmental advising is mandatory for all majors every semester.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The major culminates in a Capstone Course in which students develop and present research which has grown out of their work in the field. Majors are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research conferences locally and nationally. The Department enables students to become involved in summer research opportunities and encourages all majors to seek internships.
Classics students have the opportunity to participate in summer archaeological fieldwork through our department and others in the university.
All Classics majors are encouraged to seek internships and there are many opportunities to do so in the Washington area.
Many Classics majors participate in the Honors Humanities program at the university.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Eta Sigma Phi is the national undergraduate Honor Society in Classics founded in 1914 at the University of Chicago. The University of Maryland's chapter, Zeta Nu, was established in 1994. Students are invited to join in the spring semester. To qualify, a student must be registered in a 300- or 400- level Greek or Latin course, must have at least a B+ average in all language courses, and an overall GPA of B or better.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
The Classics Department annually awards the Avery Prize to a Latin student of special merit and the Hubbe Prize to a Greek student of special merit. The Steyer Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding major in Classics. To honor the memory of Sylvia Gerber, who taught Latin for many years in the Washington, DC public schools, her son Louis has provided the department with funding to support the training of Latin teachers and Latin pedagogical studies, including an undergraduate award for an aspiring Latin teacher.
There are also a varying number (from two to three) of departmental scholarships granted annually to students whose performance and/or commitment to Classics is outstanding. The department's Odyssey scholarships support study abroad and other student needs.
Awards and Recognition
Outstanding students are invited to join Eta Sigma Phi, the national undergraduate Honor Society in Classics (see Student Societies and Professional Organizations above).