Undergraduate Courses: Classics

CLAS 210: Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature

Introduction to the main genres of Greek and Roman literature (epic, lyric, historiography, drama, philosophy, letters, pastoral, etc.) through close readings of select examples of each. Emphasis on the social and cultural context of these works of literature.

Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C3: Humanities: Literature

CLAS 230: Ancient Epic Tales

Epic literature of ancient Mediterranean world. Mythic and heroic themes, narrative techniques, historic and social background, and cross-cultural influences. [Formerly CLAS 330]

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C3: Humanities: Literature

CLAS 240: Greek and Roman Drama

Introduction to some masterpieces of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy, with an emphasis on close reading and appreciation of historical and performative context.

Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C3: Humanities: Literature; SF State Studies: Social Justice

CLAS 260: Greek and Roman Mythology

Classical myths that furnish background material for Western literary and cultural traditions; nature, function, and interpretation of myth.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C2: Humanities; SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

CLAS 280: The Ancient World in Film

Examination of stories from ancient Greek and Roman myth and history, reshaped and interpreted by film as modern storyteller and occasional critic and interpreter of societal events and norms. Readings from ancient sources in English translation supplement film viewings.

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: GE C2: Humanities

CLAS 400GW: Approaches to the Classics - GWAR

Introduction to disciplinary methodologies and writing in the Classics.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 with a grade of C- or better, and completion of at least one CLAR or CLAS course.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: Meets Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

CLAS 410: Ancient Greek Literature

Introduction to ancient Greek literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 410 and HUM 401. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CLAS 415: Ancient Roman Literature

Introduction to ancient Roman literature in its social and historical context. This course is offered as CLAS 415 and HUM 402. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CLAS 420: Classics and the Environment

Examination of the duality of humanity and the natural environment through Classical texts and reception.  Development of the ability to analyze the origin and history of human discourses about nature in literary, social, cultural, political, economic contexts; understanding mutual dependency of human perspective and natural environment.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor
Units: 3
Course Attributes:SF State Studies: Environmental Sustainability;SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

CLAS 421: Classics and the Environment at the SFSU Sierra Nevada Field Campus

Examining humanity and natural environment through Classical texts and their reception; analyzing origin and history of human discourses about nature in literary, social, cultural, political, and economic contexts; understanding mutual dependency of human perspective and natural environment. Taught summers at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus. (Not for students who have completed CLAS 420.)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Units: 1

CLAS 490: History of Ideas in the Ancient Classical World

Intellectual and cultural history of the ancient classical world of Greece and Rome from its beginnings to the death of Saint Augustine; evolution of ideas, their origins, interconnections, impact, and influence.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3
Course Attributes: UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CLAS 510: The Byzantine Empire

Political, social, economic, cultural history of Byzantine empire from 7th to 15th centuries A.D.; relations of Byzantium with Germanic, Slavic, Arabic, and Turkic-speaking neighbors. This course is offered as MGS 510, CLAS 510, HIST 326. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAS 530: Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Role of gender and sexuality in the ancient world. Areas of inquiry: women's bodies and social roles; homosexuality; and the socialization of adolescents into adult gender/sex roles. This course is offered as CLAS 530 and SXS 530. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Units: 3

CLAS 690: Editing and Publishing the Classics Journal

Supervised experience in editing and production of journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in classics. Paired with CLAS 890. CLAS 690/CLAS 890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only.)

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

CLAS 697: Honor's Thesis

Tutorial leading to an honor's project or thesis on special research topic to be determined jointly by student and faculty member. CR/NC grading only.

Prerequisites: Major in classics and consent of department.
Units: 3

CLAS 699: Independent Study

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

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