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CLAS 101 F: Latin and Greek in Current Use

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:00pm - 1:00pm
BAG 108
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Diana Molkova

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 101 F — Latin and Greek in Current Use

Summer 2018, TTh 12.00-13.00, BAG 108


Instructor: Diana Molkova                         


Mailbox: Classics Dept. Office, Denny 262

Office: Denny Hall 400K

Office Hours: M 11.30-12.30, W 10.00-11.00 and by appointment

Department Phone: 206­543­2266


Department Course Coordinator:

Professor Alain M. Gowing

M262C Denny Hall, Department of Classics   



 Required Text:​

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

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.​
  • Online resources:
    Google dictionary (google “define + word”)
    Online Etymology Dictionary (
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary (



This course is intended 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 after the class is over.  We will use the ideas expressed by this vocabulary to look at the historical and cultural development of Ancient Greece and Rome.



Out of courtesy to your classmates and to me, please come to class on time and prepared to contribute.


If absence is unavoidable due to illness or other legitimate circumstance (that is, 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, to schedule make-ups for any quizzes or exams, and to make sure I give you any relevant points. 


I answer class-related e-mails only on weekdays (M-F) during work hours (8.00-17.00). Please keep in mind that our e-mail correspondence is a public record according to RCW 42.56, the Washington State Public Records Act, and I have the right to share it with my supervisor or other authorities if I think it is necessary (more information at


I cannot discuss grades during class or via e-mail due to university policy, but only during office hours and by appointment only.



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 actively participate in class discussions and activities.  Completion of homework assignments will count for 40 points, regular participation in class – for 20 points, for a total of 60 points.  There will be four homework assignments, each worth ten points. Please submit homework on canvas. Homework submitted late can earn maximum of 5 points.


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. 

Final Exam: The Final, worth 130 points, will be on Thursday, August 16, from 12.00 to 13.00 in BAG 108. In accordance with university policy, the final exam will be administered only on this date and at this time. 
Final Examination Guidelines, including policy on ‘unavoidable absence’:

Bonus points: Bonus points will be offered in the quizzes and in the final. Even if a student has achieved the maximum score for a given quiz or final without the bonus points, any earned bonuses will be ‘banked’ for use towards the student’s overall points total for the course.

Grading breakdown:

Participation (20) + Homework (40) = 60 Points

Quizzes: 3 x 80 = 240 Points

Final exam = 130 Points


Total: 430 points



Grading scale:

4.0: 430-411
3.9: 410-406
3.8: 405-401
3.7: 400-396
3.6: 395-391
3.5: 390-386
3.4: 385-381
3.3: 380-376
3.2: 375-371
3.1: 370-366

3.0: 365-361
2.9: 360-356
2.8: 355-351
2.7: 350-346
2.6: 345-341
2.5: 340-336
2.4: 335-331
2.3: 330-326
2.2: 325-321
2.1: 320-316

2.0: 315-311 1.9: 310-306 1.8: 305-301 1.7: 300-296 1.6: 295-291 1.5: 290-286 1.4: 285-281 1.3: 280-276 1.2: 275-271 1.1: 270-266

1.0: 265-261
0.9: 260-256
0.8: 255-251
0.7: 250-246
0.0: 245 and less*

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



All readings and assignments are due on the day they are listed on the syllabus.


Week 1.

Tue, June 19 Introduction and Syllabus

Thu, June 21 Word Building Basics

READ: Chapter 1 (pp. 1-15)



Week 2.

Tue, June 26 Mythology

READ: Chapter 4 (pp. 75-99)

Thu, June 28 Mythology

LEARN: Greek bases (pp. 19-29)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 4, p. 102


Week 3.

Tue, July 3 Medicine

READ: Chapter 5 (105-127)

Thu, July 5 Medicine
READ: Chapter 5 (pp. 127-139)


Week 4.

Tue, July 10

QUIZ #1 (Mythology and Medicine)

Thu, July 12 Politics and Law

READ: Chapter 6 (pp. 145-159)


Week 5.

Tue, July 17

Commerce and Economics

READ: Chapter 7 (pp. 169-187)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 7 pp. 38-39

Thu, July 19 Word practice

READ: Legal terminology (pp. 160-164)

LEARN: Latin prefixes (pp. 48-55)

Week 6.

Tue, July 24

QUIZ #2 (Law and Politics, Commerce and Economics)

Thu, July 26 Philosophy
READ: Chapter 8 (pp. 191-206)

Week 7.

Tue, July 31 Psychology

READ: Chapter 8 (pp. 206-219)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 8a p. 40

Thu, August 2 Psychology

LEARN: Greek prefixes (pp. 29-33)


Week 8.

Tue, August 7

QUIZ #3 (Philosophy and Psychology)

Thu, August 9 History

READ: Chapter 9 (pp. 227-245)


Week 9.

Tue, August 14

Exam review – bring questions

HOMEWORK: find and learn 10 Latin expressions and their translations


Thu, August 16

Final exam


I reserve the right to modify the 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