Languages and Cultures

Courses Offered Fall 2023

Classics Courses

(the full course is in English)

Classics 223: Classical Myth (HE Truth Encounter, Writing) (Rachel Mazzara), MWF 10:20-11:15, Quad 346 (4 credits)

From gods and heros to witches, monster, and legendary rulers, the imagination of the ancient Mediterranean was populated with a dynamic cast of characters and the myths that told their stories. In this class, we will explore Greek and Roman mythology through ancient art and literature as well as selected modern art, literature, and film that take classical myths as their inspiration. As we go, we'll become familiar with some of the most significant and influential mythology of the classical world, and we will learn how to apply strategies like close reading, comparative analysis, and critical theory to these myths to help us ask: What is a myth? What do myths mean, and why are they important? And what do ancient mythology and the modern day have to say to each other?

History 130: Introduction to Archaeology (HE Truth Encounter) (Jason Schlude), MWF 9:10-10:05, Quad 252 (4 credits)

For at least 2.5 million years, humans have created tools of increasing sophistication and variety. In this introduction to archaeology, we focus on the artifacts that are antiquity's leftovers. What can this "stuff" reveal about past people? How and why did they use it? How did it shape who they were? How can literary evidence where it exists, enrich and complicate the picture? And how do we use (sometime abuse?) it to define who we are today? These are just some of the questions we will address. Along the way, we will learn about the discipline's aims, history, and methods, consider its relationship to the field of history, and devote special attention to its modern practice, problems, and significance. Broadly speaking, the course will consider, in turn, the nature of archaeological evidence, how we interpret it, and finally what we should do with it. While we often will focus on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and Near East, discussion will touch on others throughout the world. As will be clear immediately and throughout, at the heart of this course is the identity of human beings, past and present.

Art 379A: Museum Ethics (AR + HE Truth Focus) (Carol Brash), ToTH 2:20-3:40, Art 116 (4 credits)

This class will examine the formation of museums and issues that arise from the museum's core activities: collecting and display. You will study museum's role in society and in the shaping of knowledge. Readings will come from the textbook as well as case studies and current events. Through discussion of the readings, writing, presentation, and role play, you will examine past and present practices of museums and develop your own informed interpretations. This course will look at a variety of museum types including but not limited to art, history, and science museums.

History of Christianity 402: History of Christianity I (Dale Launderville), MW 1:00-2:30, Emmaus 024

This course will examine the development of the Christian tradition, including the expression of seminal doctrines within the Christian church, from its origins to the eleventh century. This course will explore the main trends in the development of the institution and primary doctrine of the church within the larger philosophical, social, and political contexts of the first millennium, paying attention to the ways in which the lived experience of Christian peoples informs and shapes its thinking.

Greek Courses

(focused on studying Greek language and literature)

Greek 112: Beginning Greek II (Rachel Mazzara), TuTh 9:35-10:55, Quad 247 (4 credits)
Greek 332A: Greek Historians: Herodotus (Jason Schlude), MWF 10:20-11:15, Quad 252) (4 credits)

Latin Courses

(focused on studying Latin language and literature)

Latin 111: Introduction to Latin I (Jason Schlude), MWF 1:50-2:45, Quad 252 (4 credits)
Latin 211: Intermediate Latin (Rachel Mazzara), MWF 12:40-1:35, Quad 261 (4 credits)
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Jeff DuBois
Chair, Languages and Cultures Department
CSB Richarda P32

Jennifer Schwichtenberg
Department Coordinator
CSB Richarda P38
SJU Quad 253A