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CLAS 101 D: Latin and Greek in Current Use

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 12:20pm
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Emma Hahn Buechner

Syllabus Description:

Winter 2020; asynchronous course; prerecorded lectures posted T/Th mornings

Class will be conducted entirely online this quarter. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings I will upload pre-recorded lectures and any related worksheets and answer keys. 

Instructor: Emma Buechner (she/her)


Office hours: Thursdays 11am-12pm or by appointment via Zoom (

Department course coordinator: Prof. Levin-Richardson



Required Text:

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

Both physical and electronic copies can be purchased from the University bookstore here:


Recommended Reference Texts:

  • Any reputable English dictionary with etymological entries, such as The American Heritage Dictionary (3rd) or Webster’s New World Dictionary
  • Online resources:
    • The O​xford English Dictionary (OED) is available free online: go to a​nd log in → “Start Your Research” → “Articles & Research Databases” → click “Oxford Dictionaries.”
    • Merriam-Webster Dictionary is also available for free online:


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:​ (More about UW’s policies on conduct and accommodation at end of syllabus)

Class will be conducted entirely online this quarter. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings (by 10:30am) I will upload pre-recorded lectures and any related worksheets and answer keys. You may watch lectures and complete worksheets at any time that is convenient for you, but please note that all deadlines for homework and quizzes will be posted on Canvas in Pacific Time. University conduct and scholarly integrity codes should be followed at all times. Each assignment will have specific guidelines on what resources you can consult (your notes, the textbook, etc.) I cannot discuss grades during class or via e-mail due to university policy, but rather during office hours and by appointment only. If you have questions regarding assignments, quizzes, homework or any other matter, I would be happy to discuss during my office hours via Zoom.


I will answer class-related e-mails only on weekdays (M-F) during work hours (8:00am-5:00pm). 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



Academic Integrity: All assignments and quizzes are “open book”. For each assignment and quiz, I will tell you what sources you can and cannot consult. Usually, this will mean that you can consult your own notes, my lectures, and the textbook. You cannot consult other students’ notes or materials, the internet, or any other outside sources. Depending on the scale, a violation of academic integrity will result in 0 points on a question, 0 points on an assignment, or failing the class and being reported to the college.


Make-ups and late work: If missing a due date for an assignment or quiz 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 the due date. If you miss a due date because of an unavoidable circumstance, it is your responsibility to email me in a timely fashion about potential make-up options.


Homework: There are four homework assignments, all open-book and submitted through Canvas. Each assignment is worth 10 points. Homework assignments are due by the deadlines posted on Canvas.


Participation: In four random classes, I will ask a participation question that you will need to answer in the comments to the announcement that the lecture has been posted in. You must answer the question before the following day of class. Answering these four participation questions counts for 20 points total.


Quizzes: There will be three quizzes worth 80 points each, spread throughout the quarter. The quizzes will be held on the day indicated on the schedule as Canvas quizzes and will last 60 minutes, but you can choose any time of the day (in Pacific Time) to complete them.


Final: The final, worth 130 points, will be a Canvas quiz that must be completed by the end of the scheduled final exam time: Wednesday, March 17th at 6:20pm. Same as with the quizzes, you will choose a 60-minute window in the 24 hours preceding the end time to complete the quiz.


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 points

Homework = 40 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

Tuesday, January 5: Introduction

  • Introduction & Syllabus


Thursday, January 7: Word Building

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


Week 2

Tuesday, January 12: Mythology of Greece and Rome

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


Thursday, January 14: Mythology of Greece and Rome

  • Learn: Greek bases (pg. 19-29)
  • HOMEWORK: Ch. 4 ex. 4 (pg.102)


Week 3

Tuesday, January 19: Medicine

  • Read part of Chapter 5 (pg. 105-127)


Thursday, January 21: Medicine and quiz prep

  • Read part of Chapter 5 (pg. 127-139)


Week 4

Tuesday, January 26: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #1 (Mythology and Medicine)


Thursday, January 28: Politics and Law

  • Read Chapter 6 – Politics and Law (pg. 145-159) (up to “Latin Derivatives in Legal Vocabulary”)
  • Learn: Greek prefixes/suffixes (pg. 29-36)


Week 5

Tuesday, February 2: Commerce and Economics

  • Read Chapter 7 (pg. 169-187)
  • HOMEWORK: Ch. 6 ex. 2 and 3 (pg. 165-166)


Thursday, February 4: Word practice and quiz prep

  • Read “Latin Derivatives in Legal Vocabulary” (pg. 160-164)
  • Learn: Latin prefixes/suffixes (pg. 49-63)


Week 6

Tuesday, February 9: Quiz Day

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


Thursday, February 11: Philosophy

  • Read part of Chapter 8 (pg. 191-206) (up to “Psyche”)
  • Learn: Latin bases (pg. 45-48)


Week 7

Tuesday, February 16: Psychology

  • Read rest of Chapter 8 (pg. 206-214)
  • HOMEWORK: Ch. 8 ex. 2 and 3 (pg. 221-222)


Thursday, February 18: Psychology and quiz prep


Week 8

Tuesday, February 23: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #3 (Philosophy and Psychology)


Thursday, February 25: Greek History

  • Read Chapter 9 – History (pg. 227-245)


Week 9

Tuesday, March 2: Roman History

  • HOMEWORK: Ch. 9 ex. 1, 2 (pg. 247)


Thursday, March 4: Roman History/catch-up day


Week 10

Tuesday, March 8: Course review and exam prep


Thursday, March 10: TBD


Final Exam: Open Tuesday, March 16 at 6:20pm, closed Wednesday, March 17 at 6:20pm


*I reserve the right to modify this schedule


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.


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


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 15, 2020 - 9:20pm