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Spring 2014 Courses


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Classics Courses

Courses with a CLA designation introduce students to broad topics in Classical Antiquity using sources in English translation. All courses count toward the 36 hours of advanced credit required for graduation, regardless of major. The Classical Mythology course also counts toward the Fine Arts requirement for B.A. and B.S.W. students.

CLA courses are an excellent opportunity for Classics, Greek, and Latin majors to explore the larger historical and cultural setting of the literature that we read in the original language. Discuss specific course options and how they will apply to your degree plan and career goals with your faculty advisor.

CLA 3301, Roman Civilization with Dr. Meghan DiLuzio - TR, 9:30-10:45 am in Morrison 330

This course will introduce you to Roman customs, religious beliefs, political and social institutions, and much more. The instructor, Dr. DiLuzio, specializes in Roman social history.

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you are interested in the cultural context of Roman literature, the cultural context of Biblical or early Christian literature, Roman art and architecture, and ancient Rome in general.

CLA 3361, Roman Sculpture with Dr. Nathan Elkins - MW 2:30-3:45 pm in HSFAC 158

This course will explore Roman sculpture from the Republic to Constantine (AD 313) focusing on style and technique with political and social contexts. Roman political iconography is on of Dr. Elkins particular specialties

Who should take this course?
In addition to art and art history students, this course would be of significant value to any student interested in the history, social structure, and literature of the Roman imperial period. Some of our best evidence for the politics of the age comes from coinage and statuary.

This course is cross listed as ART 3361

CLA 3380, Classical Mythology - Multiple Sections

This course will introduce you to the major mythological cycles of ancient Greece and Rome. Class typically consists of selected readings from our primary sources (e.g. Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, Ovid, etc.) and discussion. Other elements of the course may include examination of the ties between myth and religion, comparative approaches to mythology, myth as history, myth and literature, reception of the mythology in later western tradition (especially the artistic tradition), and other topics of interest.

Available Sections

  • 3380-01 - MWF, 8:00-8:50 am, Morrison 120, with Dr. Brent Froberg
  • 3380-02 - MWF, 9:05-9:55 am, Morrison 120, with Dr. Brent Froberg
  • 3380-03 - TR, 9:30-10:45 am, Morrison 120, with Dr. Simon Burris
  • 3380-04 - MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Morrison 120, with Dr. Ken Jones
  • 3380-05 - MWF, 12:20-1:10 pm, Morrison 120, with Dr. Timothy Heckenlively

Dr. Froberg specializes in Greek prose (with an emphasis on historians), Dr. Burris in Archaic Greek poetry, and Dr. Jones in ancient history (with an emphasis on Roman Syria), and Dr. Heckenlively in Greek epic tradition and comparative mythology.

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you are interested in ancient poetry, art history of any period, western literature of all period, drama, music history, and comparative religion, to name a few. It is no exaggeration to say that the stories you will learn in this class will travel with you well beyond Baylor and that you will see echoes (ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous) all around us.

CLA 3381, Medical Terminology with Dr. David White - Multiple Sections

This course transform the way you read medical terms. Instead of memorizing long, confusing words, you will learn to break their meaning apart according to the Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and stems from which they are formed. In the process, this course will also challenge you to think in new ways about medicine and the human body, for these word elements come from times and cultures very different from our own.

Available Sections

  • MWF, 10:10-11:00 am, Morrison 120
  • MWF, 1:25-2:15 pm, Morrison 120

Dr. White specializes in Silver Age Latin poetry.

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you are planning on entering the health field in any capacity.

CLA 4350, Augustine's Theological Development with Dr. Daniel Williams - TR 12:30-1:45 pm in Tidwell B28

Prerequites - Successful completion of REL 1310 and 1350; and upper-level standing.

Selected writings of Augustine that focus on such themes as the problem of evil, scriptural hermeneutics, his theological anthropology, and his Trinitarian theology.

Dr. Williams specializes Patristics.

Who should take this course?
Any student seeking to understand this seminal author in depth would profit from this course.

CLA 4V01, Saints, Sinners, and Politicians of the 4th Century with Dr. Timothy Heckenlively- TR 9:30-10:45am in Sid Richardson 321

Prerequites - upper-class standing or consent of instructor.

The 4th century was, in many ways, the crucible in which the ancient world died and the seeds of modern world were planted. Rome collapsed in the west; Constantinople rose in the east. Ancient religions faded; Christianity became dominant. Monastic cities sprouted in the desert. Great heresies shook both church and state. Church councils articulated Christian doctrine in formulas that remain normative to this day. "Roman" emperors began to reshape ancient political thought in ways that shaped the Byzantine Empire, the Islamic caliphates, and medieval Europe. The course will survey this rich tapestry, with an emphasis on its theological and political tensions..

Late-Antiquity and 4th century patristics is one of Dr. Heckenlively's ancillary specialties.

Who should take this course?
Any student interested in early Christianity, Constantine, or Byzantium. This course will also help bridge the gap between Roman and Medieval history, culture, and literature.

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Greek Courses

GKC and GKB courses are dedicated to teaching Classical (GKC) and Biblical (GKB) Greek. All first and second year Greek courses count toward the standard Baylor language requirement (typically 4 semesters, but see the current Undergraduate Catalog for the requirements specific to your degree path).

Students seeking only to complete a language requirement should plan on completing all four semesters in the same language. If you have a specific reason to divide your requirement with Latin or Hebrew, discuss this plan with a your Greek instructor before classes begin or early in your first semester.

Upper-level Greek classes are the reward for the labors of the early courses. Students can read specific works closely in the original language and with significant attention to literary and historical context. All 3000-4000 level courses satisfy requirements with the Classics, Greek, and Latin major and minor.

It is our departmental conviction is that the best path to a firm command of Biblical Greek is through a strong foundation in Classical Greek. Accordingly, we typically offer the corresponding courses in each track as concurrent sections. Students who begin Greek under the GKB designation will continue their first two years of Greek study on the GKB track; students who begin under GKC, with the GKC track.

GKC / GKB 1301-01, Elementary Greek with Dr. Brent Froberg - MWF 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Sid Richardson 343

This course will begin introducing you to the fundamentals necessary to read Classical and Biblical Greek. In the first semester, this entails significant memorization of vocabulary, word formation, and core grammar rules. In the process, you can also expect to improve your command of English.

Dr. Froberg specializes in Greek prose (with an emphasis on historians).

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you seek to learn Ancient and/or Biblical Greek.

GKC / GKB 1302, Elementary Greek II - Multiple Sections

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 1301 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course

Available Sections

  • GKC/GKB 1302-01, MWF, 9:05-9:55 am, Sid Richardson 216, with Dr. Simon Burris
  • GKC 1302-02/GKB 1302-03, MWF, 12:20-1:10 pm, Morrison 330, with Dr. Simon Burris
  • GKC/GKB 1302-04, MWF, 10:10-11:00 am, Sid Richardson 224, with Dr. Kevin Funderburk
  • GKC/GKB 1302-05, MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Morrison 102, with Dr. Jeff Fish
  • GKC/GKB 1302-H1 (HONORS), MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Sid Richardson 216, with Dr. Timothy Heckenlively

This course will continue building on the skills you acquired in Greek 1301. This semester will cover word formation and grammar, continue to build vocabulary, and begin to introduce more complex reading samples. Dr. Burris specializes in Archaic Greek poetics, Dr. Funderburk in Ancient History, Dr. Fish in Hellenistic philosophy and papyrology, and Dr. Heckenlively in Greek epic.

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing Greek 1301. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in first semester should consider retaking the 1301 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

GKC / GKB 2310, Intermediate Greek Prose with Dr. Brent Froberg - TR 9:30-10:45am, Morrison 102.

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 1302 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course

In this course you will give your new skills a good workout by reading several texts in their original language with close attention to vocabulary, grammar, and the overall thought of the work in question. Reading selections typically include readings from Plato or Lysias, together with Christian material (typically from Acts, the Gospels, or one of the shorter Pauline epistles).

Dr. Froberg specializes in Greek prose (with an emphasis on historians).

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing Greek 1302. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in second semester should consider retaking the 1302 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

GKC / GKB 2320, Intermediate Greek - Multiple Sections

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 2310 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course

In this course you will being discovering the joy of reading Homer in the original through a selection of readings from the Odyssey. You will also discover answers to morphological mysteries from the first year of Greek. Students in Biblical Greek, through Homer, will become acquainted with the archaizing language of learned men that permeated the Greek of the Septuagint and, thereby, the New Testament. The instructor, Dr. Brent Froberg, specializes in Greek prose (with an emphasis on historians).

Available Sections

  • GKC/GKB 2320-01, TR, 12:30-1:45pm, Morrison 102, with Dr. Jeff Fish
  • GKC/GKB 2320-02, MWF, 9:05-9:55 am, Morrison 102, with Dr. Timothy Heckenlively

Dr. Fish specializes in Hellenistic philosophy and papyrology; Dr. Heckenlively in Greek epic.

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing Greek 2310. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in third semester should consider retaking the 2310 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

GKCGKB 3352, Hellenistic Greek with Dr. Jeff Hunt - MWF 9:05-9:55 am in Morrison 313

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 2320 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

Literature of the Hellenistic period (323 - 31 BC) with additional attention on New Testament backgrounds, in particular Philo and Josephus. Dr. Hunt specializes in literature of this period, particluarly its poetry.

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you desire greater mastery of the literary and intellectual context in which the Septuagint and New Testament were composed.

GKC 4302, Greek Lyric Poetry with Dr. Simon Burris - TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm in Morrison 313

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 2320 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

Readings may include selections from Archilochus, Sappho, Alcaeus, Stesichorus, Anacreon, Simonides, and others. This body of literature is Dr. Burris' area of particular expertise.

Who should take this course?
This course is a wonderful complement to previous readings in Homer and Hesiod and a fantastic preparation for reading the Latin Lyric poets (especially Horace) with understanding.

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Latin Courses

LAT is the designation for Latin. All first and second year Latin courses count toward the standard Baylor language requirement (typically 4 semesters, but see the current Undergraduate Catalog for the requirements specific to your degree path).

Students seeking only to complete a language requirement should plan on completing all four semesters in the same language. If you have a specific reason to divide your requirement with Latin or Hebrew, discuss this plan with a your Latin instructor before classes begin or early in your first semester.

Upper-level Latin classes are the reward for the labors of the early courses. Students can read specific works closely in the original language and with significant attention to literary and historical context. All 3000-4000 level courses satisfy requirements with the Classics, Greek, and Latin major and minor.

LAT 1301, Elementary Latin - Multiple Sections

This course will begin introducing you to the fundamentals necessary to read Classical Latin. In the first semester, this entails significant memorization of vocabulary, word formation, and core grammar rules. In the process, you can also expect to improve your command of English significantly. The instructor for both sections, Mr. White, specializes in Latin poetry.

Available Sections

  • 1301-01, TR, 9:30-10:45 am, Sid Richardson 206, with Dr. David White
  • 1301-02, MWF, 9:05-9:55 am, Sid Richardson 226, with Dr. David White

Dr. White specializes Silver Age Latin poetry.

Who should take this course?
Consider taking this course if you seek to learn Classical Latin.

LAT 1302, Elementary Latin II - Multiple Sections

Prerequites - Successful completion of GKC or GKB 1301 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

This course will continue building on the skills you acquired in LAT 1301. This semester will cover additional word formation and grammar, continue to build vocabulary, and begin to introduce more complex reading samples.

Available Sections

  • 1302-01, MWF, 9:05-09:55 am, Sid Richardson 224, with Dr. Joseph DiLuzio
  • 1302-02, TR, 12:30-1:45 pm, Sid Richardson 204, with Dr. Kevin Funderburk
  • 1302-05, MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Sid Richardson 204, wiht Dr. Joseph DiLuzio
  • 1302-06, MWF, 9:05-9:55 am, Morrison 103, with Dr. Kevin Funderburk
  • 1302-07, MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Morrison 104, with Dr. Jeff Hunt
  • 1302-08, TR, 9:30-10:45 am, Sid Richardson 226, with Lena Borisova
  • 1302-H1 HONORS, MWF, 9:05-9:55am, Morrison 330, with Dr. Hejduk

Dr. DiLuzio specializes Ciceronian rhetoric, Dr. Funderburk in Ancient History, Dr. Hunt in Hellenistic poetry, and Dr. Hejduk in Augustan Age poetry. Ms. Borisova is a Ph.D. candidate in the Religion department.

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing LAT 1301. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in first semester should consider retaking the 1301 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

LAT 2310, Intermediate Latin: Prose - MWF, 1:25-2:15 pm, Morrison 330 with Dr. Kevin Funderburk

Prerequites - Successful completion of LAT 1302 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

In this course you will give your new skills a good workout by reading several texts in their original language with close attention to vocabulary, grammar, and the overall thought of the work in question. Reading selections typically include readings from Cicero and the Vulgate.

Dr. Funderburk specializes in Ancient History.

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing LAT 1302. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in second semester should consider retaking the 1302 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

LAT 2320, Intermediate Latin: Poetry - Multiple Sections

Prerequites - Successful completion of LAT 2310 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.
  • 2320-01, TR, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Morrison 330, with Dr. Dan Nodes
  • 2320-05, MWF, 10:10-11:00 am, Morrison 330, with Dr. Julia Hejduk
  • 2320-06, MWF, 11:15 am - 12:05 pm, Morrison 330, with Dr. Meghan DiLuzio

In this course you will being discovering the joy of reading Latin poetyr in the original through a selection of readings from Virgil's Aeneid of the poems of Catullus. Dr. Nodes specializes in Late Antiquity, Dr. Hejduk in Augustan Age poetry, and Dr. DiLuzio in Roman Religion.

Who should take this course?
You should plan to take this continuation course as soon as possible after passing LAT 2310. Students who received a D(eficient) grade in second semester should consider retaking the 2310 course. Discuss your specific situation with your instructor.

LAT 3305, Cicero's Philosophical Writings - TR, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm, Morrison 102 with Dr. Dan Hanchey

Prerequistes - Successful completion of LAT 2320 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

Selections from the philosophical writings of Cicero.

Who should take this course?
Cicero's philosophical writings were instrumental in communicating the Greek This course would be excellent preparation for any student seeking to understand the history of Western thought. Cicero's philosophical writings and translations were instrumental in transmitting the Greek philosophers to a Roman audience. His choice of words often influenced Medieval ethical and theological language in ways that still persist in many English translations Any student interested in philosophy, theology, and the history of western thought would benefit from this course. This area is Dr. Hanchey's speciality.

LAT 4309, Virgil, T, 5:00-7:45 pm, Memorial 120 with Dr. Alden Smith

Prerequistes - Successful completion of LAT 2320 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for this course.

Translation from Latin into English of selections from the works of Virgil, especially the Eclogues, Georgics, and/or Aeneid.

Who should take this course?
Anyone with an interest in Virgil, Latin epic, or the epic tradition. Dr. Smith is has written several books and numerous articles on Virgil.

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