"The university is a diverse mix of old and new" (from the university Mission and Values statement). An observation meant to describe the university's physical plant indicating a value for the beautiful historic buildings on campus with one for new constructions, programs, and technologies, this statement could just as easily be applied to the curriculum. Our students learn cutting-edge technologies and approaches, while at the same time come to appreciate the most ancient of university traditions. It is in this mix of old and new that the value of our Classical curriculum can be found.
The classical tradition is one upon which universities are built. More and more, Classics programs that have succeeded nationwide have been those with an interdisciplinary perspective, examining the ancient world through the various lenses of anthropology, sociology, economics, history, art, and theology. In this way, Stetson University's delivery of Classics through the Anthropology program is also cutting-edge.
The Greek and Latin language courses are enhanced through the use of exciting classroom technology. Students deliver their weekly homework assignments online through a program designed by the instructor. In addition, teaching is enhanced using the classroom software Blackboard and Powerpoint.
Classical Greek and Latin are taught on a regular basis, each language being offered approximately every other year. Exceptional students desiring advanced language instruction occasionally have the opportunity to read Greek and Latin texts, such as Homer's Iliad or Virgil's Aeneid, on a case-by-case basis through topical seminars or directed readings courses. In addition, courses on the ancient Greco-Roman world are a substantial component of the Anthropology minor offerings. Courses such as Slavery in the Classical World, Introduction to Classical Art & Archaeology, and Greek Religious Experiences are offered on a regular basis.