Courses Offered Next Term

Dear Students,

As we gear up to register for Fall 2020, we want to highlight the Classics courses available. One of the great things about our Classics courses (and the Classical Studies major!) is that they deal with fascinating topics with questions highly relevant for today, and many of them, too, will move undergraduates forward in their common curriculum requirements. As for graduate students at the School of Theology, they will find courses vital for the immediate and future study of Christianity and Judaism.

Do consider the courses below!

And let me highlight in particular Greek 111: Beginning Greek I (SSNT 401: New Testament Greek I), which I am teaching in Fall 2020. Have you ever considered learning ancient Greek? It is a key contributor to the English language and one of the two most important languages for scientific terminology (the other being Latin). It is also the language of the gospels, letters, and book of Revelation in the New Testament -- and so much other important literature: the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible), Homer (one of the greatest poets -- ever), Herodotus and Thucydides (founders of history -- and ethnography), and AeschylusEuripides, and Aristophanes (founders of theater!), just to name a few. To read these works in their original language is an irreplaceable experience -- and its inclusion on your resume will distinguish you from you competitors. We have newly designed this introductory course (no prerequisites!), which now focuses on reading Biblical texts. You already know most of the Greek alphabet from math and science classes or different “Greek” organizations: α (alpha = a), β (beta = b), γ (gamma = g), δ (delta = d), ε (epsilon = e), etc. Take the next step: join us!

Courses related to the Greek and Roman worlds, taught in English:

History 130: Ancient World (HM designation), MWF 1:50-2:45 (Jason Schlude)
English 221B: Early Western Literature: Homer/Dante (HM and GE designations), MWF 12:40-1:35 (Jessica Harkins)
Theology 305: Jesus and the Gospels (TU designation), TuTh 8:00-9:20 (section 1) or 9:35-10:55 (section 2) (Charles Bobertz)

Courses on Greek literature, with texts read in ancient Greek:

Greek 111: Beginning Greek I (= SSNT 401: New Testament Greek I), MWF 11:30-12:25 (Jason Schlude)
Greek 221: Intermediate Greek (LANG designation), MWF 9:10-10:05 (Scott Richardson)
Greek 347: Aristophanes, TuTh 9:35-10:55 (Scott Richardson)

Courses on Latin literature, with texts read in Latin:

Latin 111: Introduction to Latin (= Languages 401: Readin Latin I), MWF 11:30-12:25 (Scott Richardson)
Latin 211: Intermediate Latin (LANG designation), MWF 1:50-2:45
Latin 331: Virgil and Epic Poetry (HM designation), MWF 3:00-3:55

If you have any questions at all about these courses, do reach out to the instructor, and feel free to talk to me about anything related to our Classics program as well! I hope you are well.

Best wishes,
Jason Schlude

Associate Professor of Classics
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
College of St. Benedict and St. John's University