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CLAS 210 : Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to the main genres of Greek and Roman literature (epic, lyric, historiography, drama, philosophy, letters, pastoral, etc.) through close readings of select examples of each. Emphasis on the social and cultural context of these works of literature.
Units: 3

CLAS 230 : Ancient Epic Tales

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Epic literature of ancient Mediterranean world. Mythic and heroic themes, narrative techniques, historic and social background, and cross-cultural influences. (Formerly CLAS 330)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 240 : Greek and Roman Drama

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to some masterpieces of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, with an emphasis on close reading and appreciation of historical and performative context.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAS 260 : Greek and Roman Mythology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Classical myths that furnish background material for Western literary and cultural traditions; nature, function, and interpretation of myth.
General Education:
Units: 3

CLAS 280 : Myth, History, and Movies

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Examination of stories from ancient Greek and Roman myth and history, reshaped and interpreted by film as modern storyteller and occasional critic and interpreter of societal events and norms. Readings from ancient sources in English translation supplement film viewings.
Units: 3

CLAS 360 : Greek and Roman Mythology

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Classical myths that furnish background material for Western literary and cultural traditions; nature, function, and interpretation of myth.
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 400 GW : Approaches to the Classics - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better, and completion of at least one CLAR or CLAS course.
Description: Introduction to disciplinary methodologies and writing in the Classics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 410 : Ancient Greek Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to ancient Greek literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 410 and HUM 401. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 415 : Ancient Roman Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to ancient Roman literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 415 and HUM 402. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAS 490 : History of Ideas in the Ancient Classical World

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Intellectual and cultural history of the ancient classical world of Greece and Rome from its beginnings to the death of Saint Augustine; evolution of ideas, their origins, interconnections, impact, and influence.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Segment III Cluster - Ideas and the Making of Culture
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 510 : The Byzantine Empire

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with MGS 510/HIST 326. For course description, see MGS 510. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAS 530 : Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Role of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. Areas of inquiry: women's bodies and social roles; homosexuality; and the socialization of adolescents into adult gender/sex roles. This course is offered as CLAS 530 and SXS 530. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAS 690 : Editing and Publishing the Classics Journal

Prerequisites: major/minor in classics or department consent.
Description: Supervised experience in editing and production of journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in classics. Paired with CLAS 890. CLAS 690/890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

CLAS 697 : Honor's Thesis

Prerequisites: Major in classics and consent of department.
Description: Tutorial leading to an honor's project or thesis on special research topic to be determined jointly by student and faculty member. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open only to students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work in Classics.
Units: 1-3

CLAS 700 : Proseminar in Classical Studies: Texts and Contexts

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Classical studies: paleography, epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, literary criticism and their related research tools (e.g., inscriptions, coins, papyrus manuscripts, material remains).
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CLAS 720 : Seminar in Classical Languages and Literature

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

CLAS 720 : Architecture and Identity in Ancient Rome

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of chronologically-arranged, extant literary and archaeological records that demonstrate the reflexive and changing relationship between architecture and identity.
Units: 3

CLAS 720 : Exile and Epistolography in the Late Republic and Early Empire

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Analysis of the private correspondence written in exile by Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca, works produced in different genres and in different historical contexts.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CLAS 720 : Plato

Prerequisites: Reading knowledge of Greek or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduces students to contemporary literary approaches to Plato through reading selections in Greek from the Symposium, Theatetus, and Timaeus. Discussion focuses on Plato's use of literary genres and myth.
Units: 3

CLAS 720 : Reading and Writing the Ancient Greek Symposium

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in classic or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the ancient Greek symposium, with a focus on literary representations and sociocultural context.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CLAS 720 : Seneca Philosophical Works

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of philosophical works of Seneca the Younger.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CLAS 720 : Studies in Greek Society

Prerequisites: Graduate level proficiency in classical Greek.
Description: Survey of one or more of the primary institutions of ancient Greek society (e.g., political, social, economic), with emphasis on reading and analyzing original sources.
Units: 3

CLAS 720 : The Greek Iambic Tradition

Prerequisites: Graduate level proficiency in classical Greek.
Description: The iambic tradition of Greek blame poetry in its social and literary contexts. Examination of the connection of performed obscene invective to the realms of ritual, persona, drama, and politics.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 720 : The Sophists

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in classics or consent of instructor.
Description: Introduction to the sophistic movement in ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. Course will cover most of the major sophists (Protagoras, Prodicus, Antiphon, Gorgias) and their contributions to theology, study of language, literary theory, politics and ethics.
Units: 3

CLAS 890 : Editing and Publishing the Classics Journal

Prerequisites: major in classics or department consent.
Description: For course description, see CLAS 690. Paired with CLAS 690. CLAS 690/890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

CLAS 896 : Directed Reading in Classics

Prerequisites: None
Description: Supervised study of primary texts and topics in classics, based on departmental reading list and student's special areas of emphasis, in preparation for the comprehensive oral examination. Not open to M.A. candidates selecting the thesis option. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CLAS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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