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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate: Classical Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn certificate: 18

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to earn certificate: None

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward certificate: A “C” or better in courses taken for certificate

Other GPA requirements to earn certificate: 2.0 minimum for courses taken in the certificate

Contact Information: Kristina Passman (Nielson), Interim Directorm 120 Chadbourne Hall, (207)581-2609, Passman@maine.edu 

The classical period in Western history, defined as the period from the Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century CE, comprises the “roots” of modern society. In order to understand where we are and where we are going, it is necessary to know where we have been. European and American literature, philosophy, law, religion, politics, language, and art have all been either directly or indirectly formed in reaction to Classical culture. By examination and study of classical civilization, the student will develop a sense of how the ancients responded to the universal questions of human experience. Through an implicit comparison of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome to our own, the student will also come to have a fuller understanding of the humanist and cultural impulses which have formed and which continue to form our own experience. This interdisciplinary curriculum is particularly useful to the student with interests in ancient history, philosophy, art history, anthropology, literature and political science.

A minimum of 18 credits or 6 courses is required. There are two tracks – Classical Studies, Ancient Language and Classical Studies. Courses in the Certificate are available online, including all CLA courses and all Latin courses.

Classical Studies, Ancient Language:
Students who elect the language track choose Latin as their ancient language. Students will take two semesters of Latin. The remaining courses will be drawn from courses with a CLA or LAT designator, or from the list of approved courses below. Some of the approved courses are not offered online.

Classical Studies:
Students who choose this track may elect to take all courses in the Classics curriculum (i.e., with a CLA designator) or combine two courses with a CLA designator with the courses listed below.

For more information about Classical Studies, visit the coordinator at 120 Chadbourne Hall, phone (207) 581-2609 or contact Prof. Kristina Passman at Passman@maine.edu.

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