Program in Classical Studies
Classical Studies: Minutes

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Members: Steven Cerutti, Frances Daugherty, Michael Enright, Roger Hornsby, Anthony Papalas, Eugene Ryan, William Seavey, Dean Keats Sparrow, John Stevens, McKay Sundwall, and student representative Gerald Kavanagh

Meeting #1, October 15, 1997, held in GCB 1006

Members present were: Cerutti, Daugherty, Hornsby, Papalas, Ryan, Seavey, and Stevens

Also present was Calvin Mercer, Director of Religious Studies

Agenda Item I. Elections:

Prof. Papalas was elected Chair and Prof. Stevens secretary without opposition.

Agenda Item II. Introduction of Professor Roger Hornsby:

Prof. Papalas welcomed Prof. Hornsby, the Whichard Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities. Prof. Hornsby is teaching a seminar on "Socrates, the Hero", and will lecture on October 29 in GCB 1026 at 8 pm on the topic "The Liberal Arts, the Humanities, and Other Good Things".

Agenda Item III. Guest Lecturers:

The following names were suggested: Everett Wheeler, Jim McCoy, Mary Lefkowicz, and David Young. Of these, all agreed that it would be particularly desirable to invite the scholarly and controversial Prof. Lefkowitz, whether to speak on her politically incorrect topic "Not Out of Africa" or some other. Prof. Papalas agreed to contact her. After the meeting Prof. Papalas reported that since she will be in the Triangle area in mid-April, Prof. Lefkowitz will come to ECU. She requested and was promised $500.

Agenda Item IV. BA / BS in Multidisciplinary Studies:

Prof. Stevens described the degree program, approved for establishment by the Board of Governors on 9/12/97. He explained that the degree was intended for students who wish to design a unique curriculum out of existing courses. Students will plan out and list, in consultation with a faculty mentor, all the courses to be included in the major and or minor, will ask other interested faculty to serve as an oversight committee, and will present it for approval, with the mentor, to a Multidisciplinary Studies Committee. This committee will be appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and will have on it his representative, a representative of the Dean of Undergraduate Education and other designated faculty from throughout the entire university. There will be a director appointed by the Dean after official notification of the Board’s action is reported to the Chancellor. It was hoped the director and the committee might be in place soon. (After the meeting, official notification from the Board of Governor’s was conveyed to the Chancellor on October 14).

Classical Studies became involved in the degree proposal when the GA turned down the most recent Religious Studies degree proposal and suggested they achieve their goals under the umbrella of the Multidisciplinary proposal. This suggested the idea that more than one student might desire the same curriculum and that programs like ours might design a standard curriculum, which, once approved, students might follow more or less pro forma . Dean Coulter had always intended that any regularly approved curricula also be approved by the University curriculum committees. Classical Studies and Religious Studies both submitted sample curricula with the degree (see Classical Studies attached) and one of the expressed goals of the program became to test student interest in and the viability of new degree programs. This second conception of the degree did not always fit well with the original student-centered conception.

Prof. Mercer explained some difficulties for Religious Studies of the new degree. Each student must write a senior thesis. If Religious Studies has as many majors as Prof. Mercer anticipates, uncompensated supervision of them will become a substantial problem. Each student must complete a two-course sequence while writing the thesis, MULT 3500 and 4999. In the first course the student must research the thesis, and complete a draft. In the second, the student (and some hope, the mentor) will attend a seminar of all the other students where they will share experiences and present their work to each other. Prof. Mercer expressed grave reservations about the utility of the second course. He explained that the first course is envisioned as an independent study with the faculty mentor, but hoped that his students might satisfy this requirement by attending the existing RELI 5000 seminar and writing a major paper (though registered for MULT 3500).

Agenda Item V. Classical Studies Curriculum:

Prof. Daugherty reported on the development of ART 2905, "Masterpieces and Ideas". She explained that it was intended for upper division students, and had significant ancient content. The course is designed to promote the study of art in conjunction with, and through, the concepts of civilization that shape it. She also reported that ART 2910, "Ancient Art", will be offered by Sharon Pruitt in the spring. All expressed their enthusiastic support and promised to recommend it heartily to students.

Prof. Cerutti was pleased to report continued growth in Ancient Greek enrollments, and said that students are reading the new testament in 1002, Plato in 1003, Euripides in 2021 and will read Homer and Hesiod in 2022 in the spring. Prof. Stevens reported that Latin enrollments continue to be strong enough to support a 3rd section of 1001. Students are reading Cicero in 1003 and 2021, Vergil in 1004 and will read Augustan poetry in 2022 in the spring. There was expressed enthusiasm that students are beginning to demand the third year curriculum, together with caution that these 4 courses will represent a further permanent overload as students begin to pursue a Classical Studies degree through the Multidisciplinary major. Enrollments for the fall were as follows:

CLAS 1300 267
CLAS 2000 22
CLAS 3400 56
CLAS 3460 58
GRK 1001 22
GRK 1002 4
GRK 1003 10
GRK 2021 2
LATN 1001 62
LATN 1003 27
LATN 2021 4
Total 534

The meeting adjourned.