Roman Aqueduct

Mission and Goals

The Department of Classics is primarily concerned with the teaching of undergraduate students in the areas of Greek, Latin, and Classical Humanities. In our original language courses we give students the grasp of fundamental grammar, syntax and the artistic resources of inflected ancient languages which will enable them to appreciate fully and critically the literary, historical and philosophic remains of ancient Greece and Rome. In our language courses beyond the first year and in all our translation courses we encourage critical thinking and critical writing through use of essay exams and, wherever feasible, oral presentations in class.

Besides providing instruction for majors and minors, the department is committed to contributing to the general liberal education of students enrolled in its courses at all levels. The department's commitment to non-majors is reflected in its substantial contribution to the Miami Plan for Liberal Education. We offer numerous sections of three foundation courses in addition to two thematic sequences for non-majors. Moreover, courses in the department emphasize the development of informed, critical thinking; practice in the written expression of ideas; exposure to the variety of human experience and values in different times and places; confrontation with basic questions of value, meaning and symbolic expression; interpretation of texts and other artifacts; and an underlying concern for the fundamental questions in these acts of interpretation.

We seek to introduce students to the interrelationships of the literary, historical and visual evidence for ancient civilization, to the range of contemporary critical discourses and interpretations of ancient culture, and to explore the continuing process by which the ancient cultural traditions have been incorporated into later historical eras. Furthermore, the department acknowledges and encourages a commitment to support and to cooperate with elementary and secondary schools through teacher preparation and by providing educational and cultural enrichment.