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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Classical Studies (BA)


Our program offers students the opportunity to engage with the diverse peoples and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. This engagement encourages students to reflect upon the past in order to bridge time and distance in pursuit of answers to fundamental questions about what it means to be human. Students grapple with the origins of urban life; ancient Mediterranean systems of belief and myth; ancient cosmology; the meaning of the major monuments, literature, and artifacts from the Mediterranean region; Roman law; the lives of women in Antiquity; ancient Greek and Latin languages, and much more. This breadth of courses fosters intellectual curiosity and allows students to consider multiple viewpoints, understand different methodologies, and engage in creative inquiry across disciplines.

The study of the ancient Mediterranean world at UNCG has been a foundational discipline since the college first opened its doors in 1891, when all students studied Greek and Roman history, and three years of Latin were required for graduation. While Classical Studies has been part of UNCG’s curriculum for over 125 years, the discipline, like the university, has grown and expanded and changed. Students in Classical Studies now engage with a vast and interconnected cultural diversity that spanned the entire ancient Mediterranean world, a diversity which in many ways reflects the diversity of the student body at UNCG.

Learning Outcomes

Read Greek and/or Latin Literature
Students will be able to read Greek and/or Latin Literature with intermediate or advanced proficiency.

Analyze Literature and/or Material Culture of Classical Antiquity
Students will be able to analyze literature and/or material culture of Classical Antiquity within its socio-historical contexts.

Oral and Written Evidence-Based Arguments
Students will compose orally and in writing evidence-based arguments appropriate to the assignment, audience, and subject.

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