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CLAS 101 E: Latin and Greek in Current Use

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 8:30am - 9:30am
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Diana Molkova

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 101 E/F — Latin and Greek in Current Use

Summer 2020



Diana Molkova


Office hours: Wednesdays 12.00-13.00 ( and by appointment


Department course coordinator:

Professor Deborah Kamen



Required Text:

  • William J. Dominik, W​ords and Ideas ​(Bolchazy ­ Carducci). The physical copy (rather than the electronic) is recommended, as it coincides with the page numbers listed on the syllabus.

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 (


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 word roots 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 stories, words, and ideas that we have adopted from the ancient Greeks and Romans and to help you identify classical influence when you encounter it.


Class conduct:

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I will post pre-recorded lectures along with handouts and answer keys to them.

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 ).


Important UW policies:

The UW's Religious Accommodations Policy: “Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy . Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form).”

The UW's Student Conduct Code: “The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at”

Access and Accommodation: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or  DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

Academic Integrity: University of Washington students are expected to practice high standards of academic and professional honesty and integrity as outlined here: 



Homework: There are 4 homework assignments. They are open-note, are to be submitted electronically on canvas, and are each worth 10 points.


Participation: Consistent participation in class counts for 20 points. For 4 random classes, I will ask you a question during the lecture to which you have to reply in the comments to the announcement (or by sending me a message). That way I will know that you are keeping up with coursework.


Tests: There will be three tests worth 80 points each. The tests will be held on the day indicated on the schedule as a canvas quiz and will last 60 minutes, but you can choose any time of the day to complete them.


Final: The final, worth 130 points, will be on the day of our last class, August 20th, as a canvas quiz. Same as with the quizzes, you will choose a 60-minute window during that day to complete it.

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

Tests: 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.


Week 1.

Tue, June 23 Introduction and Syllabus

Thu, June 25 Word Building Basics

READ: Chapter 1 (pp. 1-15)



Week 2.

Tue, June 30 Mythology

READ: Chapter 4 (pp. 75-99)

Thu, July 2 Mythology

LEARN: Greek bases (pp. 19-29)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 4 after Chapter 4, p. 102


Week 3.

Tue, July 7 Medicine

READ: Chapter 5 (105-127)

Thu, July 9 Medicine
READ: Chapter 5 (pp. 127-139)


Week 4.

Tue, July 14

TEST #1 (Mythology and Medicine)

Thu, July 16 Politics and Law

READ: Chapter 6 (pp. 145-159)

LEARN: Greek prefixes (pp. 29-33)


Week 5.

Tue, July 21 Commerce and Economics

READ: Chapter 7 (pp. 169-187)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 7 after Chapter 2 (pp. 38-39)

Thu, July 23 Word practice

READ: Legal terminology (pp. 160-164)

LEARN: Latin prefixes (pp. 48-55)


Week 6.

Tue, July 28

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

Thu, July 30 Philosophy
READ: Chapter 8 (pp. 191-206)

LEARN: Latin bases (pp. 45-48)


Week 7.

Tue, August 4 Psychology

READ: Chapter 8 (pp. 206-219)

HOMEWORK: Ex. 8a after chapter 2 (p. 40)

Thu, August 6 Psychology



Week 8.

Tue, August 11

TEST #3 (Philosophy and Psychology)

Thu, August 13 History

READ: Chapter 9 (pp. 227-245)


Week 9.

Tue, August 18

Overall review

HOMEWORK: find and learn 10 Latin expressions and their translations

Thu, August 20

Final exam

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: 
May 20, 2020 - 9:11pm