Mission and Goals

Amphora of Achilles and Ajax Amphora of Achilles and Ajax
 statue of discus thrower  statue of discus thrower
greek ceramic fish plate greek ceramic fish plate
 greek inscription carved into stone  greek inscription carved into stone
 open air auditorium in pompeii  open air auditorium in pompeii
 roman aquaduct  roman aquaduct
 roman coin  roman coin
 roman inscription carved into stone  roman inscription carved into stone
sculpture of roman rowers sculpture of roman rowers
 painting of ciccero in roman senate  painting of ciccero in roman senate
 Parthenon Ruins  Parthenon Ruins
 medieval latin text  medieval latin text
pankration pankration
 parthenon  parthenon
 colloseum  colloseum
 greek warrior helmet  greek warrior helmet
 mosaic of medusa  mosaic of medusa

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.