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CLAS 101 C: Latin and Greek in Current Use

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TTh 10:20am - 11:20am
DEN 213
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Nicole Speth

Syllabus Description:

CLAS 101 C and D — Latin and Greek in Current Use

Summer 2022, T/Th ONLINE

Instructor: Nicole Speth                                 


Mailbox: Classics Dept. Office, Denny 262

Office Hours: Tuesday, 12:00-1:00 pm & by appointment

Department Phone: 206­543­2266


Department Course Coordinator:

Professor James J. Clauss

Mailbox: Classics Dept., Denny 262




This course will be conducted entirely online. I will record Panopto lectures, which you will then watch at a time convenient for you.  I will supplement these lectures with handouts posted on Canvas, which you can use as an aid in following along with the main points of the lectures.  However, as we go along, we might find that we need to change or modify how things are run.  Please note that throughout the quarter I will be patient and flexible toward any issues that arise with online learning, and I ask for your patience and flexibility in return.  If you have any concerns or questions about the course at any point in the quarter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. 

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

Class will be conducted entirely online this quarter, and I expect you to keep up with the weekly assignments and lectures.  You may watch lectures and complete worksheets at any time that is convenient for you.  However, please note that all deadlines for homework and quizzes will be posted on Canvas in Pacific Daylight Time.  University conduct and scholarly integrity codes should be followed at all times. Above all, I want you to succeed in this course, and I will be patient and flexible toward any issues that arise with online learning.


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 during my office hours via Zoom. All email correspondence should be polite and professional.



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: 


Office Hours:

For my office hours this quarter, I will be available via Zoom on Tuesdays from 12 am-1 pm. (This time is subject to change if inconvenient for the majority of the class).  During this time, feel free to drop in and out and ask any questions that you may have.  I plan for this to be a time when the class can learn from each other’s questions.  I am also happy to answer any questions via email or set up a one-on-one meeting via zoom.



Homework/Participation: Since we will be conducting this class remotely and asynchronously, I will use the participation points as an opportunity to get to know you better. For 5 random classes, I will ask you a question during the lecture to which you have to reply on that week’s discussion board. That way I will know that you are keeping up with coursework. 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. 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). The quizzes will be completed on Canvas, and make-up opportunities will only be given if a student promptly emails me to reschedule.  The quizzes will be open book, but there will be a time limit to each quiz.  Additionally, there will be a 24-48 hour time period in which you can take the quiz at any convenient time.  I strongly recommend keeping up on relevant vocabulary from each chapter as we cover it by completing your homework and watching lectures; this will make preparation easier and allow you to get higher scores. 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.

Final Exam: The final exam, worth 130 points, will be on Thursday, August 19th via Canvas. You will also have a 24-48 hour window to complete the final exam.

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, June 21:

  • Introduction & Syllabus
  • What is Classics?


Thursday, June 23: Word Building

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


Week 2

Tuesday, June 28: Mythology (The Olympian Gods)      

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


Thursday, June 30: Mythology (The Underworld and Heroes)

  • Homework: Language and Myth Worksheet
  • 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, July 5: Mythology (The Trojan War) and Review

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


Thursday, July 7: Review


Week 4

Tuesday, July 12: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #1 (Word-Building, Mythology)


Thursday, July 14: Medicine (The cult of Asklepios)

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



Week 5

Tuesday, July 19: Medicine (Rational Medicine)

  • Memorize Latin Nouns/Verbs (pp. 45-48)


Thursday, July 21: Greek Politics and Law

  • Homework: Medicine Worksheet
  • Read Chapter 6 – Politics and Law (pp. 145-164)
  • Review all previous material preparation for Quiz #2



Week 6

Tuesday, July 26: Roman Politics and Law

  • Review all previous material preparation for Quiz #2


Thursday, July 28: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #2 (Mythology (Trojan War), Medicine, Politics and Law)


Week 7

Tuesday, August 2: Commerce and Economics 

  • Read Chapter 7 – Commerce and Economics (pp. 169-187)
  • Homework: TBD
  • Memorize Latin Prefixes (pp. 48-55)


Thursday, August 4: Philosophy and Review

  • Read Chapter 8 – Philosophy and Psychology (pp. 191-206, stop before “psyche”)
  • Memorize Latin Suffixes (pp. 55-63)
  • Review all previous material in preparation for Quiz #3


Week 8

Tuesday, August 9: Quiz Day

  • QUIZ #3 (Politics & Law, Philosophy)


Thursday, August 11: History

  • Read Chapter 9 – History (pp. 227-246)
  • Homework: TBD


Week 9

Tuesday, August 16: Psychology and Review

  • Review all material and bring questions
  • Extra Credit Assignment Due (optional)
  • Optional Reading: Chapter 8 – Philosophy and Psychology (pp. 206-219)


Thursday, August 18: FINAL EXAM

  • Final exam administered in class



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


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. Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not required. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
November 22, 2022 - 8:57pm