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CLAS 101 A: Latin and Greek in Current Use

Meeting Time: 
TTh 8:30am - 9:20am
CLK 219
Emma Brobeck
Emma Brobeck

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 101 A­ Latin and Greek in Current Use

Autumn 2018, T/Th 8:30-9:20 AM, CLK 219


Instructor: Emma Brobeck                             


Mailbox: Classics Dept. Office, Denny 262

Office: Denny Hall 400 K

Office Hours: T/Th 10:30-11:30 AM, and by appointment

Department Phone: 206­543­2266


Required Text:​

  • William J. Dominik, W​ords and Ideas ​(Bolchazy ­ Carducci)

Recommended Reference Texts:​

  • Any reputable English dictionary with etymological entries, such as T​he American Heritage Dictionary (​3​rd e​d.), or W​ebster’s New World Dictionary.​
  • The O​xford English Dictionary (OED) is also available free online: go to a​nd log in → “Start Your Research” → “Articles & Research Databases” → click “Oxford Dictionaries.”


Course Aims:​

The aims of the class are twofold. First, we will seek to improve and increase English vocabulary through a study of the Latin and Greek elements in English, with emphasis on words in current literary and scientific use. The Latin and Greek elements learned in this course will help you better understand how many English words have evolved, and prepare you to continue expanding your English vocabulary well after the class is over. Second, we will examine the ever-changing relationship between language and ideas in order to better understand the continuing impact of classical Greece and Rome on modern culture. This course aims to give you a sense of the words, ideas, and stories that we have adopted from the ancient Greeks and Romans, and to help you identify classical influence when you encounter it.


Class Conduct:​

Out of courtesy to your classmates and to me, please come to class on time and prepared to contribute. Cellphones and other such electronics must be silent or off. I strongly encourage you to take notes by hand — it will help you remember the material better. University conduct and scholarly integrity codes should be followed at all times.

If absence is unavoidable due to illness or other legitimate circumstance (e.g. family emergency, religious or cultural obligation, court date, university-sponsored competition or field trip), please contact me via e-mail to let me know before class. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class, to catch up on any missed homework, and to schedule make-ups for any quizzes or exams.

I cannot discuss grades during class or via e-mail due to university policy, but only during office hours and by appointment only. If a student has questions regarding assignments, tests, homework or any other matter, I will be more than happy to discuss that in my office.


Department Course Coordinator:

Professor Stephen Hinds, 262 Denny Hall, Department of Classics, Email:



 Homework/Participation:​ Active classroom participation is important. The first step in participating in class is regularly attending. Beyond simply showing up, I expect everyone both to be prepared (by having read the assigned material and completed any homework assignments) and to participate actively in class discussions and activities. Completion of homework assignments will count for 30 points, as will regular participation in class, for a total of 60 points. Homework and participation account for a large portion of your grade – if you were to get a zero in this category, the highest course grade you could receive is a 3.1!


Quizzes: There will be three quizzes worth 80 points each given over the course of the term (see schedule below for dates). You will be given the whole class period to complete them. Make-up opportunities will only be given due to a legitimate absence, as defined above, and then only if the absent student promptly e-mails me to reschedule. I strongly recommend keeping up on relevant vocabulary from each chapter as we cover it by completing your homework and attending class; this will make preparation easier and allow you to get higher scores.


Final Exam: T​he final exam is worth 130 points (roughly 30% of the grade) and is cumulative. You may find the final exam schedule on the UW website; the exam for this class will be  Tuesday, December 11 10:30-12:20. T​he final will only b​e administered at this time as per university policy – no exceptions. Final Examination Guidelines: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Grading Breakdown:​

Participation (30) + Homework (30) = 60

Points Quizzes: 3 x 80 = 240

Final exam: 130


Total: 430 points


Grading Scale:​

4.0: 430-411                3.0: 365-361                2.0: 315-311                1.0: 265-261

3.9: 410-406                2.9: 360-356                1.9: 310-306                0.9: 260-256

3.8: 405-401                2.8: 355-351                1.8: 305-301                0.8: 255-251

3.7: 400-396                2.7: 350-346                1.7: 300-296                0.7: 250-246

3.6: 395-391                2.6: 345-341                1.6: 295-291                0.0: 245 or fewer*

3.5: 390-386                2.5: 340-336                1.5: 290-286

3.4: 385-381                2.4: 335-331                1.4: 285-281

3.3: 380-376                2.3: 330-326                1.3: 280-276

3.2: 375-371                2.2: 325-321                1.2: 275-271

3.1: 370-366                2.1: 320-316                1.1: 270-266

  • Note: in order to pass this class, you must receive 246 points or greater.


Schedule: ​All readings and assignments a​re due​ on the day they are listed on the syllabus.


Week 1: Introduction

Thursday, September 27

Introduction and Syllabus


Week 2: Mythology

Tuesday, October 2

READ Ch. 1, pp. 1-15 and Appendices I-III, pp. 251-256

Thursday, October 4

READ Ch. 2, pp. 19-25 and Ch. 4, pp. 75-99


Week 3: Medicine

Tuesday, October 9

READ Ch. 2, pp. 26-36 and Ch. 5, pp. 105-139

Thursday, October 11

HOMEWORK DUE: Ch. 4, pp. 101 Ex. 2 and Ch. 5, pp. 142 Ex. 4 (letters a-k)


Week 4: Latin Word Building

Tuesday, October 16

***Quiz #1 (Greek Word Building, Mythology, Medicine)***

Thursday, October 18

READ Ch. 3, pp. 45-48


Week 5: Politics

Tuesday, October 23

READ Ch. 6, pp. 145-164

Thursday, October 25

READ Ch. 3, pp. 49-63


Week 6: Commerce

Tuesday, October 30

READ Ch. 7, pp. 169-186

Thursday, November 1

HOMEWORK DUE: Ch. 6, pp. 165 Ex. 2 and Ch. 7 pp. 188 Ex. 4(d) 1-16


Week 7: History

Tuesday, November 6

***Quiz #2 (Latin Word Building, Politics, Commerce)***

Thursday, November 8

READ Ch. 9, pp. 227-246


Week 8: Philosophy

Tuesday, November 13

READ Ch. 8, pp. 191-206 

Thursday, November 15

READ Ch. 3, pp. 63-65


Week 9: Ancient Calendar and Festivals

Tuesday, November 20

READ pp. 231

HOMEWORK DUE: Ch. 9, pp. 247 Ex. 1 & 2(a) 1-8 and Ch. 8, pp. 221 Ex. 1

Thursday, November 22

NO CLASS: Thanksgiving Day


Week 10: Psychology

Tuesday, November 27

***Quiz #3 (Latin Phrases, History, Philosophy)***

Thursday, November 29

READ Ch. 8, pp. 206-219


Week 11: Conclusion

Tuesday, December 4

In-Class Activity: Discussion of Cratylus and NPR article (I will send a link via email)

Thursday, December 6

Exam Review


Final Exam:  Tuesday, December 11 10:30-12:20.


*I reserve the right to modify this syllabus.

Catalog Description: 
Designed to improve and increase English vocabulary through a study of the Latin and Greek elements in English, with emphasis on words in current literary and scientific use. No auditors. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:12pm