Purpose: The ancient cultures of Greece and Rome gave Western civilization its original impetus and its seminal form. The knowledge of these cultures is thus a crucial foundation for an understanding our culture and for any evaluation of its place in the larger world. The classics department encourages, directs and disseminates the knowledge of all aspects of Greco-Roman civilization.
Goals: The department of classics expects its majors to do the following:
Goal A: Greek and/or Latin Language. Given a previously unseen passage of ancient prose or poetry of typical difficulty, the student will be able to
Goal B: Ancient Literature. Given a passage from one of the genres which they have studied, students will be able to:
Goal C: Ancient History. Students will be able to:
Goal D: Physical Remains. Students will be able to:
Goal E: Tools and Techniques of Classical Studies. Students will be able to:
Goal F: Written and Oral Communication. Students will be able to:
Methods: Individual students demonstrate their achievement of Objectives A1 and A2 in the final exams of language classes above the 200 level, of Objective A3 by producing a polished translation done outside of class, of Objective A4 by making an audio tape of their reading of prepared passages of prose and poetry and of previously unseen passages, of Objectives B1, B2, B3 and B4 in essay questions and papers in literature classes, of Objectives C1, C2 and C3 in the final exam and/or papers on ancient history, of Objectives D1, D2 and D3 in the final exam and/or papers on ancient art or archaeology, of Objective D4 by documenting the out-of-class experience, of Objectives E1, E2 and E3 in all test-essays and papers produced on ancient literature, history, art or archaeology, of Objectives E4 and E5 in research papers produced for major classes. of Objective F1 in essay questions and papers in all major classes, of Objective F2 by making formal oral presentations in their major classes.
Process: Assessment Portfolios for Majors. The department of classics requires each graduate to present a portfolio of representative work done for the degree. The contents of the portfolio will not affect in any way your grades in individual classes, but a completed portfolio is required for a degree in this department. It will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, not to grade you! We hope that the portfolio will be useful to you in clarifying and advancing your plans for the future. We thank you in advance for your co-operation. Each candidate for graduation will present to the department no later than the beginning of the last semester in residence a portfolio which will contain a sheet outlining the student's classes and experiences which meet the departmental objectives and at least one each of the following:
We recommend that you begin accumulating these items as soon as you decide to major. As you progress through the major, you will want to review these items and add to or even replace them as your skills and experience improve. Items from different years and stages of your training will be welcome and useful, but the final selection will be up to you. Since the actual major you end up with may change it is a good idea to collect samples from all areas, and then make a final selection of your best work when you submit the portfolio.