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Classical Studies at NC State


New Courses Spring 2015!

CLA 110 Greek and Latin Roots of English: Online, Prof. Heinen
Study of the formation of English words from Greek and Latin roots, designed to build English vocabulary and word power. (Students who plan to enter medical professions should take CLA 115. Students may not receive credit for both CLA 110 and CLA 115.)

CLA 215-001 Ancient World in Modern Media: TuTh 10:15-11:30, Prof. Mathews
Study of the ways classical myth and culture appear in modern media such as film, TV, comics, the internet and others, with focus on why ancient stories, ideas and images are still appealing, but also how and why they are used in new ways with new meanings. All readings and discussion in English.

To see all Classical Studies courses offered in spring 2015 visit the Courses page. Find Classical Studies courses in Class Search under FLCLA (Classical Literature and Culture), FLGRK (Greek) and FLLAT (Latin).


Welcome to Classical Studies

Classical Studies introduces students to many aspects of ancient civilization: the arts, history, philosophy, and the Latin and Greek languages. These are the source of many important intellectual and artistic achievements of Western civilization.

Law, medicine, the arts, and politics have been profoundly influenced by their roots in the Classics. In addition, Greek is the language of the New Testament; and Latin developed into the Romance languages, which include French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Moreover, Greek and Latin words are the source of almost half of English vocabulary.

Courses in Classical Studies not only provide knowledge of fundamental ideas of Western thought, but also foster a critical, inquiring spirit informed by a 3000-year perspective that reaches to the heart of education in the Humanities.

We offer a Minor in Classical Studies with concentrations in Greek, Latin, and Classical Culture. For more information visit the Classical Studies Minor webpage.

In the Spotlight: Russell Gentry

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“At a young age I was drawn to Classics by a Greek mythology picture book my parents gave me. Since then I have enjoyed studying about ancient history and Classical civilizations. I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to study both the documentary and physical remains of antiquity, for my focus in studying Classics has been archaeological. Enamored with discovering and studying the artifacts of Greece and Rome, I have been able to participate in archaeological fieldwork for the past 5 summers, excavating and traveling in Eastern Europe and the Middle East."