Goals and Student Outcomes: Classics /Ancient Studies and Late Antique-Medieval Studies

Department Goals and Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

  1. Proficiency at languages.
  2. Skill at philological interpretation.
  3. Formal analysis: students will acquire a basic understanding of how to read and/or interpret texts and artifacts (e.g., archaeological evidence, inscriptions) from the ancient world.
  4. Knowledge of historical and cultural contexts: students will be able to reproduce in broad outline the main periods of Greek and Roman history, along with significant events and/or developments in each period. Students will also be able to demonstrate their awareness of basic social, political, literary, philosophical, and artistic developments.
  5. Proficiency in research methods: students will be able to produce scholarly work that demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of (1) the evidence from the ancient world, (2) past critical approaches to this evidence, and (3) more recent and critical approaches.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

  • SLO1: Students will be able to translate a variety of works in a variety of genres from the original Greek or Latin into English.
  • SLO2: Students will be able to comment meaningfully on aspects of style, word choice, structure of argument, and basic textual problems.
  • SLO3: Students demonstrate knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin through tests on syntax, vocabulary, and translation.
  • SLO4: In upper-level language courses (4th semester and beyond), students produce a short paper demonstrating knowledge of textual interpretation and historical context.
  • SLO5: Students produce research papers demonstrating their understanding of historical and cultural changes in the ancient world and their skill in interpreting texts and artifacts.
  • SLO6: Students produce a senior thesis demonstrating their command of research methods, knowledge of the relevant historical and cultural changes, and skill in interpreting texts and artifacts.