2017-2018 University Catalogue 
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2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Classics

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Professors R. Ammerman, Garland
Associate Professors Rood, Stull (Chair)
Assistant Professor Benson
Visiting Assistant Professors Greensmith, Forte
Senior Research Professor A. Ammerman
NEH Associate Professor Danti

The Department of Classics embraces a multifaceted approach to the ancient Greek and Roman world, studying not only language and literature but also history, art, archaeology, religion, politics, philosophy, and anthropology. Students may choose to pursue a major in Latin, Greek, the Classics, or Classical Studies. Majors in Latin, Greek, or the Classics make language and literature their main focus; majors in Classical Studies give less emphasis to the languages but acquire a broad understanding of different aspects of ancient civilization. Many of the Department’s courses — such as Greek Art, Classical Mythology, Sexuality and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome, The Tragic and Comic Muse, and Greek Religion — also complement offerings in a range of subject areas across the curriculum. Recent graduates from the Department of the Classics are pursuing diverse careers in fields such as law, medicine, advertising, computer science, and education. Many, too, have gone on to do graduate work in Classics or related disciplines.

 , CLAS 222 , CLAS 224 , CLAS 225 , CLAS 230 , CLAS 231 , CLAS 232 , CLAS 233 , CLAS 234 , CLAS 235 , CLAS 236 , and CLAS 237  require no knowledge of Greek or Latin language. These courses are open to all students, but are subject to limitations in enrollment set by the instructor.

Major Programs in the Classics

There are four possible majors in the classics: Greek, Latin, the classics, and classical studies. All majors require a minimum of eight courses within the department but vary in the amount and level of language study required. In addition, all majors are required to take the senior seminar (CLAS 401 ) in the fall of their senior year.


The Newton Lloyd Andrews Prize — established in memory of Newton Lloyd Andrews, a member of the class of 1862, to support the study of the art and monuments of ancient Greece and Italy, Gothic architecture, or Renaissance painting.

The J. Curtiss Austin Latin Prize — established as a memorial to Dr. J. Curtiss Austin in honor of his 40 years on the Colgate faculty, and awarded by the Department of the Classics to the student whose performance in Latin has been the most outstanding.

The Award for Excellence — awarded annually to that first-year or sophomore student who shows the best promise in a course in Latin or Greek and who achieves the best record among his/her peers in Latin or Greek.

The Baldwin Greek Prize — established for the sophomore class for the examination in writing upon some author, or work of an author, read by the class. No student may compete unless his/her standing in all departments averages at least B (3.00). The award is made by a committee not associated with the university.

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit

To evaluate a student’s qualifications for advanced placement, the department requires the submission of an Advanced Placement Examination in Latin. If a student submits a grade of 4 or 5 and completes LATN 201  or a higher-level course in Latin, he or she will receive one credit for LATN 122  for the AP examination that may count toward a major in the department.

Transfer credit for a major is granted for courses comparable to those required for the classics major at Colgate on an individual basis. Evidence of course content may be required.

Honors and High Honors

The minimum departmental GPA required for honors in the classics, classical studies, Greek, or Latin is 3.50; for high honors 3.80. In addition, successful completion of an honors thesis and an oral examination is required. Honors candidates usually take CLAS 490 , GREK 490  or LATN 490  in the fall of their senior year while writing their theses. Proposals for theses should be prepared in the spring of the junior year in consultation with the thesis adviser. Theses are then revised during the first half of the spring semester of the senior year and defended in April.

Extended Studies


The department offers students who are enrolled in GREK 122 , or who have completed GREK 122  (or higher), an opportunity to explore the material culture of Greece through a course that culminates in a three-week trip to Greece in May. For further information, see the course descriptions of  CLAS 251  and CLAS 251E  and consult with a faculty member in the department.

Rome and Pompeii

The department offers students who are enrolled in LATN 122  , or have completed LATN 122  (or higher), an opportunity to explore the material culture of Rome and Pompeii through a course that culminates in a three-week trip to Italy in May. For further information, see the course descriptions of CLAS 250  and CLAS 250E  and consult with a faculty member in the department.

The Venice Study Group

The Venice Study Group offers majors who have had one or more years of Latin or Greek at Colgate the opportunity to explore sites and monuments of the classical world. The archaeology of Italy forms a major component of this interdisciplinary study group. For further information, see Off-Campus Study .

Classical Studies in Rome

The department is a member institution of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, which offers a full schedule of classics- and archaeology-related courses each fall and spring. For further information, consult with a member of the department.


Majors and Minors



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