Professor: Janet D. Jones
Associate Professors: Kevin F. Daly, Stephanie Larson (Chair)
Assistant Professors: Matthew Adams (visiting), Ashli Baker, Kristine Trego
The curriculum of the department of classics offers students opportunities to study the Mediterranean world of the ancient Greeks and Romans and, to a more limited extent, the societies of the Near East and Egypt. Some courses also stress the classical tradition, the western inheritance of Greco-Roman ideas and art forms. The department offers varied kinds of courses through which students may approach the study of the ancient world, including courses in Greek and Latin.
The classics curriculum offers a broad interdisciplinary approach to classical studies which prepares students well for a wide range of careers. A broad liberal arts education and training in critical, rigorous thinking and writing provide our students with the tools necessary to succeed in such varied careers as law, teaching, journalism, and business, and to adapt well to the rapid pace of change characteristic of contemporary life.
To facilitate students' exploration of the diversity and complexity of the ancient world and the contemporary disciplines that study it, the department of classics groups its courses into five categories: 1) Ancient History and Society, 2) Archaeology and Material Culture, 3) Myth and Text, 4) Greek, 5) Latin.
The Major and Minors in Classics
The department recommends that a student choosing a major or minor in classics develop a focus in at least one of the above categories. Students who may have an interest in pursuing graduate studies in classics are strongly recommended to include concentrated language study of Greek and Latin in their curriculum.
A major in classics consists of a minimum of eight courses, with the following requirements:
- at least two courses in Greek or Latin.
- at least two courses in classics offered by the department of classics. Additional courses that relate to classics offered by other departments (e.g., ARTH 101) may be applied to the major in classics with the adviser's approval. No more than two such courses at the 100 level can count toward the major.
- a Culminating Experience in classics:
Students may complete the Culminating Experience in Classics by choosing one of the following options during or after the second semester of their junior year:
- taking one 300-level classics seminar
- taking a credit-bearing classics experience outside Bucknell, such as: archaeological field experience in Greece, Italy, or other ancient sites in the Mediterranean area. This option must be cleared by both the student's academic adviser and the chair of the classics department in order to count for the Culminating Experience.
- writing an honors thesis in classics (a one-year sequence). This option is reserved for those majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
In these and other experiences within the classics major, professors will also emphasize the following main areas of competence: written and oral communication skills and information literacy.
Students are encouraged to choose an honors program in classics, Greek, or Latin. Candidates for honors must take CLAS 321-322 and pass with distinction the oral examination on the thesis.
The department strongly encourages its majors to study abroad in a Mediterranean setting, in Italy or Greece especially. Several options, for a semester, a year, or a summer, are available.
Three minors are offered by the department of classics.
- The Greek minor consists of four full-credit courses in Greek at any level taken at Bucknell.
- The Latin minor consists of four full-credit courses in Latin at any level taken at Bucknell.
- The minor in classics consists of five courses in classics, including no more than two courses in Greek and/or Latin. The minor in classics may include up to two courses offered by other departments or programs, chosen from a list that is periodically updated. This list includes HUMN 98, ARTH 101, PHIL 205, and POLS 250.