Classical Studies


Classical Studies offers Occidental students the opportunity to study the languages, literature, art, philosophy, history, and cultures of Greece and Rome in a multicultural context. Taken together, the courses address the impact of ancient cultures on later civilizations and draw parallels with non-Western cultures.

Those who wish to major in a Classical language, either Greek or Latin, or who wish to make one of these languages the basis of a double major, can do so through Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture.

Minor Requirements

Occidental offers a minor in classical studies consisting of five courses taken in at least three different departments, at least one of which must be an original language course in Greek or Latin (GRK 101, GRK 102, GRK 201, LATN 101, LATN 102, or LATN 201). Courses with classical emphasis suitable to the minor are listed below.

To share the resources of faculty and students interested in classical studies, the committee sponsors interdisciplinary colloquia. Students who are interested in creating an Independent Pattern of Study in a topic related to the ancient world should consult with the chair of the committee for advice in constructing a program tailored to their needs.


ARTH 170Introduction to Early European Art

4 units

ARTH 272Greek and Roman Art

4 units

ARTH 275Early Christian and Medieval Art

4 units

CSLC 120Metamorphic Bodies: Fluid Forms from Ovid to Kafka

4 units

CSLC 181Violent Femmes: Drama in the Polis

4 units

CSLC 202The Wake of the Ancient

4 units

CSLC 204Between Desire and Despair: Roman Literature Survey

4 units

CSLC 205Comedy Philosophy Romance: Hellenistic Literature

4 units

CSLC 222Myth: the Greco-Roman gods

4 units

CSLC 241Spectacle and the Stage in Ancient Rome

4 units

CSLC 280Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger: Tragic Philosophy

4 units

CSLC 283Style and "Substance": Philosophy and the Arts

4 units

CSLC 286Ulysses: The No­Place That's Home

4 units

CSLC 292Love's Song - A History

4 units

HIST 121Antiquity to 1700: Europe and the Middle East

4 units

HIST 220Ancient Athens and Renaissance Florence

4 units

PHIL 205Introduction to Ancient Thought

4 units

PHIL 300Topics in Classical Philosophy

4 units

POLS 251European Political Thought: From Plato to Machiavelli

4 units

RELS 190History of Early Christianity

4 units

RELS 282"Good" Sex: History of Christian Sexual Ethics

4 units

RELS 370Death, Dying, and Afterlife in the Ancient Mediterranean World

4 units


Advisory Committee

Damian Stocking

Associate Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Department

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Eric Frank

Professor, Art and Art History

B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Syracuse University; Ph.D., New York University

Debra Freas

Full-time Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

B.A., University of Texas; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Marcia Homiak

Professor, Philosophy

A.B., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., Harvard University

Maryanne Horowitz

Professor, History

A.B., Pembroke College, Brown University; M.A.T., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Jacob Mackey

Assistant Professor, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture

B.A., University at Texas at Austin; M.S., Christ Church, Oxford; Ph.D., Princeton University

Kristi Upson-Saia

Professor, Religious Studies

B.A., University of Washington; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Duke University