Classical Studies
Minutes: January 26, 2012

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Members: Assoc. Dean Michael Brown, Steve Cerutti, John Given (Director), Lee Johnson, Laura Mazow, Marylaura Papalas, Megan Perry, Jonathan Reid, Frank Romer, Benjamin Saidel, John Stevens, Michael Teske, David Wilson-Okamura and Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: J. Given, L. Johnson, L. Mazow, M. Papalas, J. Reid, J. Stevens, M. Teske, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura; Sara Davis (student).

Meeting #2, January 26, 2012, at 3:30 p.m., held in Bate 3321.

Agenda Item 1. Announcements.

Prof. Given announced the upcoming Classics Lecture: Prof. Greg Kneidel from the University of Connecticut will lecture on Ovid and John Donne, on February 23. Lecture is co-sponsored by the English Department's Donne Variorum Project.

Agenda Item 2. Current Enrollments and Majors

Prof. Given reported that we have 21 majors. We expect to graduate 6 majors this year. Enrollments for the spring are lower than last spring. Fewer courses are being offered because of a reduction in teaching staff (Fantazzi's retirement, Romer teaching in History, Stevens as FL&L interim chair). Nevertheless, thanks to strong enrollments in the fall and careful enrollment management vis-a-vis enrollment caps, enrollments for 2011-2012 overall hit new all-time highs in Greek, in Latin and in Classics courses.

Agenda Item 3. Koine Greek

Prof. Johnson reported on her koine Greek course, which is being offered this semester for the first time. Three students were enrolled in the one-credit course.

Agenda Item 4. Curriculum Development 

Prof. Given and Prof. Stevens proposed that Classics and Classical Civilization concentrators should be required to take an introduction to Greek or Roman literature (CLAS 2220 or 2230) instead of introduction to Classics (CLAS 2000) so that students would have a smaller seminar earlier in their careers and receive more attention to writing skills. The motion passed unanimously.


Agenda Item 5.  Senior Thesis Report 

Sara Davis reported on her senior thesis, which is being supervised by Dr. Frank Romer, and received suggestions from the faculty. Her topic is the adaptation of pagan iconography by early Christians, particularly in the catacombs.


Agenda Item 6.  Course Proposals 

Prof. Stevens presented course proposals for CLAS 2600 (Ancient Greece), CLAS 3400 (Rome in the Republic), and CLAS 3405 (Rome in the Empire), which were distributed earlier by email. It was agreed that CLAS 2600 would be better taught at the 3000-level, as CLAS 3300. With this change, the courses were approved unanimously, subject to editorial revision.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.


Spring 2012 Enrollments

CLAS 1300 73
CLAS 1500 119
CLAS 2220 23
CLAS 3700 6
CLAS 4000 16
MULT 4999 1
GRK 1002 8
GRK 1004 5
GRK 4521 3
LATN 1002 34
LATN 1004 24
LATN 4001 4
Total 316