Classical Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary minor program in the language, culture, and society of Greece and Rome includes courses in anthropology, art history, dance, English, history, Latin, music, philosophy, and theatre and performance studies.

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  • Sponsored by the School of Art & Design (College of the Arts) and the Department of Foreign Languages (College of Humanities and Social Sciences), Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary minor program in the language, culture, and society of Greece and Rome. It includes courses in anthropology, art history, dance, English, history, Latin, music, philosophy, and theatre and performance studies. Faculty members affiliated with Classical Studies are committed to training students, pursue a range of classical teaching and research interests, and do extensive fieldwork at classical sites and museums. The faculty are happy to help students construct programs that are best suited to their needs.

    This minor offers students an opportunity to learn important and highly respected skills. The classical Greek and Roman world encompassed Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, North Africa, and many other areas in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Since antiquity, the classical tradition has survived in both Western and Non-Western cultures throughout all regions of the globe. The minor therefore provides students with both historical and global perspectives. Most importantly, the minor can hone students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, and creativity, making them more competitive in the job market and better prepared for careers in many fields. Employers and graduate admissions officers recognize and value the significance of a Classical Studies minor!

    Kennesaw State University is a Cooperating Institution of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece.

    Possible Careers

    • Archaeology
    • Business
    • Colleges and Universities
    • Journalism
    • Law
    • Libraries
    • Medicine
    • Museums
    • Performing Arts
    • Pre-K-12 Education
    • Public Service
    • Publishing
    • Religious Institutions
    • Visual Arts
    • Writing
  • Students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of coursework in Classical Studies. At least twelve (12) hours cannot duplicate coursework for their majors, and at least nine (9) hours must be at the upper-division (3000-4000) level.

    Students must choose one (1) course from the following:

    • Course
      Title
      Prerequisites
    • ARH 2750 
      Ancient-Medieval Art 
      None
    • HIST 3337 -or-
      Greek and Roman History
      HIST 1110
    • HIST 4490
      Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, or Twilight of the Ancient World
       

    Students must choose an additional four (4) courses from the following, with no more than one (1) directed study:

    • Course
      Title
      Prerequisites
    • ANTH 2201
      Introduction to Anthropology
      None
    • ANTH 3305
      Principles of Archeology
      ANTH 2201
    • ARH 2750 
      Ancient-Medieval Art 
      None
    • ARH 3300 
      Ancient Egyptian Art 
      ARH 2750
    • ARH 3320
      Ancient Near Eastern Art
      ARH 2750 or instructor’s permission
    • ARH 3350
      Art of Ancient Greece 
      ARH 2750 or instructor’s permission
    • ARH 3370
      Roman Art and Architecture 
      ARH 2750 or instructor’s permission
    • DANC 2000
      Dance History I 
      None
    • ENGL 3232
      Topics in Drama [if classical/classical tradition] 
      ENGL 2110
    • ENGL 4240
      Rhetorical Theory
      ENGL 2110
    • ENGL 4380 
      World Literature before 1800 
      ENGL 2145
    • HIST 3337
      Greek and Roman History
      HIST 1110
    • LATN 1001
      Introduction to Latin Language and Culture I
      None
    • LATN 1002
      Introduction to Latin Language and Culture II 
      None
      Note: Students cannot apply this to the minor if they use it to satisfy General Education Area B requirements
    • LATN 2001 
      Intermediate Latin Language and Culture I 
      LATN 1002
    • LATN 2002 
      Intermediate Latin Language and Culture II 
      LATN 2001
    • LATN 3500 
      Topics in Latin Epic Poetry [authors vary; may be repeated for credit]
      LATN 2002 or
      instructor's permission
    • LATN 4490
      Special Topics
      [authors vary; may be repeated for credit] 
      LATN 2001
    • LATN 4500
      Topics in Latin Prose
      [authors vary; may be repeated for credit] 
      LATN 3500 or
      instructor's permission
    • MUSI 3311
      History of Music I
      MUSI 1107 and MUSI 2222
    • PHIL 3310 
      Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 
      ENGL 1102
    • PHIL 4450 
      Major Figures in Philosophy [if classical/classical tradition]
      ENGL 1102
    • TPS 3094
      Performing Classical Myth 
      ENGL 2110 or TPS 1600
    • TPS 4513
      History and Theory I: Ancient through Renaissance Theatre and Performance
      TPS major, TPS 3000, and TPS 3403
    • Any department’s 4400 Directed Study, if the focus of the class is relevant to Classical Studies and it is approved by the Classical Studies advisor.
    • Any department’s 4490 Special Topics, if the focus of the class is relevant to Classical Studies and it is approved by the Classical Studies advisor (topics vary; may be repeated for credit).
    • Study abroad credit, if the focus is relevant to Classical Studies and it is approved by the Classical Studies advisor.
    • Transfer credit, if the focus is relevant to Classical Studies and it is approved by the Classical Studies advisor.

Model of the House of the Faun at Pompeii by KSU Student Joseph Barbier

  • Affiliated Faculty

    • Phillip Kiernan, Program Coordinator
      School of Art and Design

    • Federica Santini
      Latin Language

    • Beth Daniell
      Department of English

    • Edward Eanes
      School of Music

    • John Gentile
      Department of Theatre & Performance Studies

    • M. Todd Harper
      Department of English

    • David Jones
      Department of History and Philosophy

    • Mark Kremer
      Department of Political Science and International Affairs

    • Howard Shealy
      Department of History and Philosophy

    • Susan Kirkpatrick Smith
      Department of Geography and Anthropology

    • Jessica Stephenson
      School of Art & Design

    • Brian Swain
      Department of History
  • Greek and Roman Art in Atlanta:

    Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
    http://www.carlos.emory.edu/

     

    Professional Organizations:

    American Philological Association
    http://www.apaclassics.org/

    Archaeological Institute of America
    http://www.archaeological.org/

    Classical Association of the Middle West and South
    http://www.camws.org/

    Georgia Classical Association
    http://www.gaclass.org/WebUI/home.aspx

     

    Study Abroad and Archaeological Opportunities:

    American Academy in Rome
    http://www.aarome.org/

    American School of Classical Studies at Athens
    http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/

    College Year in Athens
    http://www.cyathens.org/

    Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies
    http://studyabroad.duke.edu/home/Programs/Semester/ICCS_Rome

    Kennesaw State University’s Education Abroad Office
    http://www.kennesaw.edu/studyabroad/

     

    Intensive Summer Programs in Greek and Latin:

    City University of New York
    http://web.gc.cuny.edu/lginst/

    University of California at Berkeley
    http://classics.berkeley.edu/courses/greekLatinWorkshops.php

    University of Chicago
    https://summer.uchicago.edu/course-listings.cfm?r=1

    University of Georgia
    http://www.classics.uga.edu/academic_programs/summer_institute.htm


    Post-Baccalaureate Programs in Classics:

    Columbia University
    http://ce.columbia.edu/Postbaccalaureate-Studies/Classics-Certificate-Programs

    Georgetown University
    http://classics.georgetown.edu/postbac.html

    University of California at Davis
    http://extension.ucdavis.edu/certificates/post-baccalaureate_certificate_program_in_classics/

    University of California at Los Angeles
    http://www.classics.ucla.edu/index.php/post-baccalaureate-certificate-program

    University of Iowa
    http://www.uiowa.edu/~classics/programs/postbacc/postbaccalaureate.html

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    http://classics.unc.edu/academics/post-baccalaureate

    University of Pennsylvania
    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/postbac/classics

    • Classical Studies Poster

      Paul Dover published, "How Heinrich Bullinger read his Solinus: Reading Ancient Geography in 16th-century Switzerland," in Kai Brodersen, ed. Solinus: New Studies. (Heidelberg: Verlag Antike, 2014.)

      Mark Kremer edited Symposium on Blitz’s Plato’s Political Philosophy, Perspectives on Political Science 42.1 (2013) and contributed its introduction as well as, "Mark Blitz and Platonic Political Philosophy."

      Kristen Seaman won an Incentive Award for Research and Creative Activity from Kennesaw State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which enabled her to examine sculpture that was excavated in the Agora of Athens, Greece during Summer 2014.  She also co-chaired a session at the 2014 Annual Conference of the College Art Association in Chicago ("Drachma-tic Art: The Economics of Ancient Greek Visual Culture"). Kristen is now an assistant professor at the Department of the History or Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR.

      Howard Shealy was co-director of Kennesaw State’s Italian Immersion Study Abroad Program in Montepulciano, Italy during the Fall 2014 Semester. One of the highlights during his time there was a visit to the Etruscan Museum in nearby Chianciano, where the students were able to see the restoration laboratory that cleans, restores, and prepares locally excavated Etruscan artifacts for display. Students also took fieldtrips to Rome, Florence, and Siena.

      Susan Kirkpatrick Smith continued her analysis of the human skeletal remains from a Roman cemetery outside of modern Irapetra on the southeast coast of Crete during Summer 2014. She also taught for Kennesaw State’s Study Abroad Program in Montepulciano, Italy.

      Jessica Stephenson chaired a panel ("Current Trends in Egyptian Art History") at the 6th Annual Kennesaw State African and African Diaspora Student Research and Community Engagement Conference.

    • Lauren Bearden ’13 is a graduate student in ancient Art History at Georgia State University. She presented her undergraduate research at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies in Augusta, GA and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State ("Disassembling the Roman Mosaic: The Roles of Indigenous Peoples in the Roman Mosaic from Ancient Uthina, Tunisia"). Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception recognized this research.

      Monisha Bernard ’13 presented a paper at the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State ("Mosaics at the Baths of Neptune").  Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception recognized this research.

      Anthony ChieffoAshley Estep, and April Tolley worked with Professor Susan Kirkpatrick Smith on the analysis of the human skeletal remains from a Roman cemetery outside of modern Irapetra, Crete during Summer 2013.

      Angelica Delaney published, "Reading Cleopatra VII: The Crafting of a Political Persona" in the Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research.  She also presented this research at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State. 

      Ashley Hazel presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State ("An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics") and the 2014 Symposium of Student Scholars at Kennesaw State ("Ancient Egyptian Cosmetics: More than Meets the Eye").  Her research was recognized at Kennesaw State’s 2014 Undergraduate Research Reception.

      Monica Russ presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State ("The Conqueror and the Conquered: Representations of Self and Other in Ancient Egyptian Art").

      Adam Schroeder presented a paper at the 2014 African and African Diaspora Studies Student Research Conference at Kennesaw State ("A Theoretical Approach to the Book of the Dead").

      Logan Winn is a History major with a concentration in World History and a minor in Classical Studies. He takes Latin and has a special interest in Roman history. He is a member of several honors societies including: Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, National Society of Leadership, Sigma Alpha Pi National Political Science Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society. In addition, he is part of the leadership team for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Kennesaw State.  He participated in Kennesaw State’s Study Abroad Program in Montepulciano, Italy during Summer 2014.

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