Classics

Associate Professor Emily Stow (MCLC Chair)

Assistant Professor John Henkel, Program Coordinator

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Classics Program
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

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The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome are the foundation of virtually every discipline in the liberal arts and sciences. The study of Greek and/or Latin, and of Greek and Roman authors in English translation, will deepen a student’s understanding of any field.

Interdisciplinary Minor

Twenty-one hours required, to include the following:

Latin or Greek fourth-semester Reading Course

3 hours
  • LAT 202, GRK 202, or REL 204
Additional Latin or Greek courses to be selected from the following: 6 hours
  • LAT 101*-102, 201, 202, 340
  • REL 103*-104, 203, 204 (New Testament Greek)
  • GRK 201, 202
*LAT 101 or REL 103 counts only if it is the student’s second Classical
language.

Related Courses (taught in English)**
to be selected from the following:

12 hours
  • ART 216: Survey of Art History I
  • PHI 201: History of Philosophy I
  • ENG 314: Epic Poetry
  • CLA 170: Introductory Topics in Classical Literature
  • CLA 314: Mythology in Greek and Roman Literature
  • CLA 316: Ancient Drama
  • CLA 318: Ancient Epic
  • CLA 370: Topics in Classical Literature (Topics to include: “Women and Gender in Antiquity” and “From Lyric to Satire: Greek and Roman Poetry”)
  • HIS 412: Ancient History
  • POS 400: Classical Political Theory
  • REL 255: Religions of the Ancient World
  • Other courses by approval of Program Coordinator
  • **LAT 340 may be substituted for up to 6 hours of Related Courses

 

 Courses

170 . Introductory Topics in Classical Literature. (3 hours) Selected Readings from Greek and/or Roman literature, offered at the introductory level with emphasis both on developing the skills of literary interpretation and on introducing students to Classical literature and the discipline of Classics.  The course is open to all students, and can be counted toward the Classics minor.  Topics will include, but not be limited to, “Ancient Epic: Heroes of Greece and Rome” and “Introduction to Classical Literature.     Spring

 

314. Mythology in Greek and Roman Literature. (3 hours) Selected readings of Greek and Roman literature (in English translation) with mythological themes.Spring as needed

 

316. Ancient Drama. (3 hours) Selected readings in Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy (in English translation), combining literary study with attention to stagecraft and cultural context.                Spring as needed

 

318. Ancient Epic. (3 hours) Selected readings in Greek and Roman epic poetry (in English translation). Readings may include, but are not limited to, Homer’s Iliad, Homer’s Odyssesy, and Vergil’s Aeneid. Spring as needed.

 

370. Topics in Classical Literature. (3 hours) Selected readings in Greek and Roman Literature in English translation. Topics will include, but not be limited to, “From Lyric to Satire: Greek and Roman Poetry,” and “Women and Gender in Antiquity.”        Spring as needed

 

378. Tutorial topics. (1-3 hours)Special topics in classics; use of one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.                                          As needed

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AREA EMPLOYERS STRATEGIES

EDUCATION

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Universities and colleges
  • Elementary and secondary schools, public and private
Ph.D. required for college/university teaching in the Classics. Earn graduate degree in college student affairs or library/information science for other university positions. Learn certification process for teaching K-12. Acquire certification in additional subject area(s) for increased job possibilities. Maintain a high GPA and develop strong recommendations from faculty.

THE ARTS

  • Administration/Management
  • Archival Work
  • Education
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Museums: Public, private, university
  • Art galleries
  • Art councils
  • Historical societies and sites
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Public research agencies
  • Private foundations
Develop excellent writing and verbal skills. Acquire computer skills. Volunteer or intern in an art or historical museum. Earn a graduate degree in museum studies, art history library/information science or other related field

GOVERNMENT

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Management
  • Translation
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • Library/Information Specialist
  • State and local government
  • Federal government including: State Department, Civil Rights Commission, Education Department, EPA, Federal Trade Commission, Government Printing Office, Health and Human Services, Labor Department, Library of Congress
  • National Labor Relations Board
Learn federal, state and local job application process. Take additional courses in area of interest. Acquire certification/licensure if needed. Get experience through government internship programs. Earn a master’s degree in a relevant field for high-level positions.

MEDICAL

  • Private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Various government/private agencies
Take applicable prerequisites for medical school and maintain an excellent GPA. Volunteer or work in a hospital or medical facility.

SOCIAL SERVICES

  • Administration
  • Research
  • Writing/Editing
  • Federal, state and local government
  • Nonprofit organizations
Learn federal, state and local job application process. Volunteer or intern with social service organizations.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technical Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Publishers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • TV stations
  • Film companies
Develop excellent writing and research skills. Take courses in applicable areas: technical writing, journalism, marketing research, etc. Gain related work experience. Develop portfolio for some areas.

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY

  • Advertising
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Sales
  • Business corporations in various industries such as: Banking, retailing, insurance, financial services, etc.
Develop excellent writing skills. Take courses in area of interest. Minor in business. Obtain related experience through internships, summer and part-time jobs.

LAW

  • Law firms
  • Corporate law departments
Obtain Juris Doctor. Find a part-time job in a law firm. Maintain a high GPA. Participate in mock trial or debate teams.

General Information About the Classics

  • Study in the Classics develops verbal and analytical skills useful in managerial and executive positions.
  • Serves as good preparation for graduate study in law and other highly analytical types of work such as anthropology, history, or English; solid preparation for research or practice in religion.
  • Undergraduate degree sufficient in the Classics for positions in secondary school teaching, business, and finance. Additional training in the sciences or arts will expand job horizons.
  • Graduate level studies in the Classics lead to positions as college teachers, lawyers, or medical doctors.
  • Concentration within the program can be: Latin and Greek, classical literature, classical archaeology, or classical civilization.
  • Develop excellent writing and research skills.
  • Obtain experience through internships, summer or part-time work, or volunteer positions.

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