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CLAS 101 E: Latin and Greek in Current Use

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TTh 8:30am - 9:20am
DEN 113
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Nicole Speth

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 101 E — Latin and Greek in Current Use

Winter 2019, T/Th 8:30-9:20am, DEN 113

Instructor: Nicole Speth                                 


Mailbox: Classics Dept. Office, Denny 262

Office: Denny Hall 400K

Office Hours: Wednesday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm & by appointment

Department Phone: 206­543­2266


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.​
  • 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 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:​

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, or will result in a lowered participation grade. Similarly, technology such as computers or tablets must be on task. 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, to schedule make-ups for any quizzes or exams. I do not supply class notes to absent students except in special circumstances. All email correspondence should be polite, professional and should include CLAS101 in the subject line.


I cannot discuss grades during class or via e-mail due to university policy, but rather during office hours and by appointment only. If a student has questions regarding assignments, tests, homework or any other matter, I would be happy to discuss that in my office. In order to make sure all students have available time to ask questions, please come to office hours having prepared the relevant course work and with specific questions. Please limit visits to 20 minutes.



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 30 points, as will regular participation in class, for a total of 60 points. There will be four homework assignments, each worth ten points. Your lowest homework grade will be dropped. I will not accept late homework except in the case of an excused absence. Homework will be submitted online via Canvas prior to classtime. 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 entire 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. Bonus points will be offered on the quizzes and on 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.

Final Exam: The final exam, worth 130 points, will be on Tuesday, March 17th at 10:30 am. 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’:

Grading Breakdown:

                                                                                                Participation + Homework: 60 Points

Quizzes: 3 x 80 = 240 Points
                                                                                                                       Final exam: 130 Points

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.


* Note: Page numbers are for the physical copy of the book and do not apply to the electronic version. If you are using the electronic version, please use the headings to navigate to the relevant pages.


Week 1

Tuesday, January 7: Intro

  • Introduction & Syllabus
  • What is Classics?


Thursday, January 9: Word Building

  • Read Chapter 1 – Word Building Basics (pp.1-15)
  • Read Appendices I-III (pp. 251-256)


Week 2

Tuesday, January 14: Mythology (The Olympian Gods)

  • Read Chapter 4 – Mythology (pp. 75-99)


Thursday, January 16: Mythology (The Underworld and Heroes)        

  • Homework: 4 ex. 2-3 (p.101) and Connection/Reflection on Mythology (details distributed in class)
  • Memorize Greek Nouns/Adjectives (pp. 19-25): Memorize all bulleted bases/combining forms in these sections. For example, know that that ‘–archy’ means ‘rule by.’



Week 3

Tuesday, January 21: Mythology (The Trojan War)

  • Memorize Greek Adverbs/Verbs (pp. 25-29)
  • Memorize Greek Prefixes/Suffixes (pp.29-36)


Thursday, January 23: Quiz 1 Review

  • Study for Quiz 1 (Word building, Olympian Gods, Underworld and Heroes, Appendices I-III, Vocab (pages 19-36))


Week 4

Tuesday, January 28: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #1 (Word building, Olympian Gods, Underworld and Heroes, Appendices I-III, Vocab (pages 19-36))


Thursday, January 30: Medicine (The cult of Asklepios)

  • Read Chapter 5 – Medicine (pp. 105-139)



Week 5

Tuesday, February 4: Medicine (Rational Medicine)

  • Homework: 5 ex. 4a-k, 5a-h, 6a-f (pp.142-143) and Connection/Reflection on Medicine
  • Memorize Latin Nouns/Verbs (pp. 45-48)

Thursday, February 6: Commerce and Economics

  • Read Chapter 7 – Commerce and Economics (pp. 169-187)



Week 6

Tuesday, February 11: Quiz 2 Review

  • Study for Quiz 2 (Trojan War, Medicine, Commerce and Economics, Vocab (pages 19-36 and 45-48))


Thursday, February 13: Quiz 2

  • QUIZ #2 (Trojan War, Medicine, Commerce and Economics, Vocab (pages 19-36 and 45-48))



Week 7

Tuesday, February 18: Greek Politics and Law

  • Read Chapter 6 – Politics and Law (pp. 145-164)


Thursday, February 20: Roman politics and Law

  • Homework: 6 ex. 3 (p. 166) and Connection/Reflection on Politics/Law
  • Memorize Latin Prefixes (pp. 48-55)


Week 8

Tuesday, February 25: Philosophy

  • Read Chapter 8 – Philosophy and Psychology (pp. 191-206, stop before “psyche”)
  • Memorize Latin Suffixes (pp. 55-63)


Thursday, February 27: Quiz 3 Review

  • Study for Quiz 3 (Politics and Law, Philosophy, Vocab (pages 19-36 and 48-63))


Week 9

Tuesday, March 3: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #3 (Politics & Law, Philosophy Vocab (pages 19-36 and 48-63))


Thursday, March 5: History

  • Read Chapter 9 – History (pp. 227-246)
  • Homework: 9 ex. 1, 2(a) (p. 248) and Connection/Reflection on History (entire assignment optional: only 3/4 homework assignments counted)


Week 10

Tuesday, March 10: Vocabulary Review

  • Review all vocabulary from chapters 2 and 3 and bring questions
  • Extra Credit Assignment Due (optional)


Thursday, March 12: Course Review

  • Review all material and bring in questions


Final Exam on TUESDAY, March 17th from 10:30am-12:20pm in DEN 113


*I reserve the right to modify the syllabus at any time*


Important UW policy-related things to know:


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.”


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


UW Disability Resources: Access and Accommodations: 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.


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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: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
October 16, 2019 - 4:00am