Graduate Courses: Classics

CLAS 700: Proseminar in Classical Studies: Texts and Contexts

Classical studies: paleography, epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, literary criticism and their related research tools (e.g., inscriptions, coins, papyrus manuscripts, material remains).

Prerequisite: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

CLAS 720: Seminar in Classical Languages and Literature

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Units: 3

Topics include:

  • Architecture and Identity in Ancient Rome

    • Analysis of chronologically-arranged, extant literary and archaeological records that demonstrate the reflexive and changing relationship between architecture and identity.
  • Classical Linguistics:

    • Introduction to comparative phonology and morphology of Greek and Latin, with attention to diachronic development of the languages from Proto-Indo-European to early Romance.
  • Exile and Epistolography in the Late Republic and Early Empire

    • Analysis of the private correspondence written in exile by Cicero, Ovid, and Seneca, works produced in different genres and in different historical contexts.
  • Ovid: Metmorphoses

    • Major critical approaches to Ovid's Metamorphoses, focusing on Ovid's strategies for weaving together Greek and native Roman myths and on the aesthetic innovations of this perpetuum carmen.
  • Plato

    • Introduces students to contemporary literary approaches to Plato through reading selections in Greek from the Symposium, Theatetus, and Timaeus. Discussion focuses on Plato's use of literary genres and myth.
  • Reading and Writing the Ancient Greek Symposium

    • Examination of the ancient Greek symposium, with a focus on literary representations and sociocultural context.
  • Seneca Philosophical Works

    • Examination of philosophical works of Seneca the Younger.
  • Studies in Greek Society

    • Survey of one or more of the primary institutions of ancient Greek society (e.g., political, social, economic), with emphasis on reading and analyzing original sources.
  • The Greek Iambic Tradition

    • The iambic tradition of Greek blame poetry in its social and literary contexts. Examination of the connection of performed obscene invective to the realms of ritual, persona, drama, and politics.
  • The Sophists

    • Introduction to the sophistic movement in ancient Greece in the fifth century BCE. Course will cover most of the major sophists (Protagoras, Prodicus, Antiphon, Gorgias) and their contributions to theology, study of language, literary theory, politics and ethics.
  • The Tradition of Nature in Greco-Roman Culture

    • From Odysseus to John Muir, this class examines the dualism of humanity and nature through the study of Classical texts and their reception.  We will reconsider a range of literary traditions about the natural world in their original social, cultural, political, and economic contexts.  Our goal will be to understand how human perspectives on the natural environment are at the same time universal, relative, and mutually dependent.

CLAS 890: Editing and Publishing the Classics Journal

For course description, see CLAS 690. Paired with CLAS 690. CLAS 690/890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only.)

Prerequisite: Major in classics or department consent.
Units: 1 - 3

CLAS 896: Directed Reading in Classics

Supervised study of primary texts and topics in classics, based on departmental reading list and student's special areas of emphasis, in preparation for the comprehensive oral examination. Must be taken in conjunction with CLAS 896EXM.  Not open to M.A. candidates selecting the thesis option. CR/NC grading only.

Prerequisite: Approved Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms must be on file in the graduate studies office.
Units: 3

CLAS 896EXM: Culminating Experience Examination

Enrollment in 896EXM required for students whose culminating experience consists of an examination only. Not for students enrolled in a culminating experience course numbered 898.  Must be taken in conjunction with CLAS 896.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, committee chair, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Units: 0

CLAS 898: Master's Thesis

Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Units: 3

CLAS 899: Independent Study

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Units: 1 - 3