2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Classical Literature

This is a study of the major works of Greek and Roman literature from Homer to Augustine. The course devotes attention to the origins and development of Greek epic, lyric, drama, and historiography, and to their transformation in the literature of Rome and the church fathers. Artistic and archaeological evidence supplements the study of the texts. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature.

  • Course code: CLAS-211
  • Semester: fall, spring
  • Department: Classics
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Classical Art & Architecture

This is a study of the major arts of ancient Greek and Roman civilization from the Bronze Age to the late Empire. The course devotes attention to the origins and development of Greek sculpture, painting, and architecture, and to their transformation in the arts of Rome. Ancient literary sources supplement the study of material culture in this investigation of Greek and Roman culture. This course can satisfy the core requirement in the arts.

  • Course code: CLAS-221
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Classics
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Classical Mythology

This is a study of the major themes in classical mythology via the literature and art of Greece and Rome. The course includes a study of major literary sources in translation and major art works of both cultures, with special attention to various interpretations of the myths and the works of art they have influenced in the development of Western culture. This course can satisfy the core requirement in the arts.

  • Course code: CLAS-231
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Department: Classics
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Independent Study

  • Course code: CLAS-390
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Classics
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Elementary Greek

A beginning study of classical Greek with emphasis on the essentials of grammar and basic vocabulary.

  • Course code: GREE-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Review Greek

Interim 2007: Review Greek (noncredit). This review

  • Course code: GREE-101R
  • Credits: 0
  • Semester: Interim
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Elementary Greek II

A continuation of Greek 101 with the reading of selected prose passages. Completion of this course allows the student to read works like the New Testament or Attic Greek prose with the help of a grammar and lexicon.

  • Course code: GREE-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
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Greek Philosophers

Readings in Plato or Aristotle, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek prose. Prerequisite: Greek 102.

  • Course code: GREE-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Pre-requisites: GREE-102
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Greek Historians

Readings in Herodotus or Thucydides, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek prose and some attention to the differences among the major Greek historians. Prerequisite: Greek 102.

  • Course code: GREE-203
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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New Test Greek: The Gospels

Readings in one of the New Testament gospels with some attention to the parallel passages in the other gospels and careful study of the special features of koine Greek. The course emphasizes the significance of lexical and syntactical detail for the interpretation of the text. Prerequisite: Greek 102.

  • Course code: GREE-205
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Pre-requisites: GREE-102
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New Test Greek: The Epistles

Readings in some of Paul?s epistles, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in koine Greek. Prerequisite: Greek 205. Completion of this course can fulfill the core requirement in foreign language.

  • Course code: GREE-206
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: GREE-205
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Greek Epic

Readings in Homer?s Iliad or Odyssey, with special emphasis on gaining reading proficiency in Greek poetry and understanding the literary qualities of Greek epic, as illumined by critical scholar-ship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: at least three semesters of Greek.

  • Course code: GREE-302
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Greek Tragedy

A close reading of at least one Greek tragedy with special emphasis on its literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: at least three semesters of Greek.

  • Course code: GREE-307
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Independent Study

  • Course code: GREE-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Spec. Topics in Ancient Greek

Independent study of special topics or authors not ordinarily covered in the rest of the Greek curriculum. Offered as needed. May be repeated provided the course content is different. Prerequisite: at least four courses in Greek.

  • Course code: GREE-395
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Elementary Latin

For students who have had only one year of high school Latin or no Latin at all. The course emphasizes the essentials of grammar and a basic vocabulary with constant comparison to English. Sententiae from the principal Latin authors will be read.

  • Course code: LATN-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Elementary Latin II

A continuation of Latin 101. The course emphasizes grammar and the reading of longer selections of authentic Latin dealing with Roman history and culture. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or its equivalent

  • Course code: LATN-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-101
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Elementary Latin II: Intensive

An intensive version of Latin 102, taught during the interim term, continuing from Latin 101 and leading to Latin 205/206. A continuing study of Latin grammar and reading of selections from Latin texts. Prerequisite: Latin 101 or its equivalent.

  • Course code: LATN-122
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Interim
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Intermediate Latin

A thorough review of the essentials of grammar will accompany the reading of selected Latin prose and/or poetry. Prerequisite: two years of high school Latin or two courses of college Latin.

  • Course code: LATN-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Latin Prose Survey

Readings in Roman authors selected to survey the development of classical Latin prose, to build proficiency in reading, and to serve as an introduction to the advanced genre courses. Completion of this course can fulfill the core requirement in foreign language. Prerequisite: Latin 201, three years of high school Latin, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: LATN-205
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Latin Poetry Survey

Readings in Roman authors selected to survey the development of Latin poetry, to build proficiency in reading, and to serve as an introduction to the advanced genre courses. This course can satisfy the core requirement in foreign language. Prerequisite: Latin 201, three years of high school Latin, or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: LATN-206
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-202 OR LATN-205
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Latin Epic

Readings from Vergil?s Aeneid or other works of Roman epic with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

  • Course code: LATN-300
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-205 OR LATN-206
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Roman Philosophers

Readings from such authors as Lucretius, Cicero, Seneca, or Augustine, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

  • Course code: LATN-302
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-205 OR LATN-206
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Roman Historians

Readings from such authors as Caesar, Sallust, Livy, or Tacitus, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

  • Course code: LATN-304
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-205 OR LATN-206
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Latin Lyric

Readings from such authors as Vergil, Catullus, Horace, and the elegiac poets, with special emphasis on their literary qualities, as illumined by critical scholarship. This course can satisfy the core requirement in Literature. Prerequisite: Latin 205 or 206.

  • Course code: LATN-305
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Pre-requisites: LATN-205 OR LATN-206
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Independent Study

  • Course code: LATN-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Fall
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Special Topics in Latin

Independent study of special topics. Offered as needed. May be repeated provided the course content is different. Prerequisite: at least two 300-level courses in Latin or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: LATN-391
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
CODE NAME CREDITS
CLAS-211 Classical Literature 3
CLAS-221 Classical Art & Architecture 3
CLAS-231 Classical Mythology 3
CLAS-390 Independent Study 2
GREE-101 Elementary Greek 4
GREE-101R Review Greek 0
GREE-102 Elementary Greek II 4
GREE-201 Greek Philosophers 4
GREE-203 Greek Historians 4
GREE-205 New Test Greek: The Gospels 4
GREE-206 New Test Greek: The Epistles 4
GREE-302 Greek Epic 3
GREE-307 Greek Tragedy 3
GREE-390 Independent Study 1
GREE-395 Spec. Topics in Ancient Greek 3
LATN-101 Elementary Latin 4
LATN-102 Elementary Latin II 4
LATN-122 Elementary Latin II: Intensive 4
LATN-201 Intermediate Latin 4
LATN-205 Latin Prose Survey 3
LATN-206 Latin Poetry Survey 3
LATN-300 Latin Epic 3
LATN-302 Roman Philosophers 3
LATN-304 Roman Historians 3
LATN-305 Latin Lyric 3
LATN-390 Independent Study 1
LATN-391 Special Topics in Latin 3