Independent Learning: Classics
Our distance learning program in Classics offers you the flexibility and convenience of taking a Classics class at “your pace, your place” from experienced, highly qualified, and caring instructors.
Classics courses are a requirement of many degree programs and are a popular elective. The flexible pace of our distance education history courses allows you to fully absorb the material and enjoy the experience. Geography courses may earn up to 3 university-level credits (seek pre-approval from your department or institute). Classes are available online.
Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms (Online, 3 Credits)
As we study the Greek and Latin origins of medical terminology, we hope to steer between the two extremes of an excessively abstract study of word origins and a too-narrow, memorize-the-word-lists approach. While it is true that technical terminologies confront the student with a daunting number of words to know, it is equally true that a proper methodology for analyzing and understanding new terms can reduce an otherwise onerous task to a dynamic word assimilation process. And that is the object of this course, with its dual emphasis on reflective study and an active practice of word analysis and explication.
Classical Mythology (Online, 3 Credits)
The Greeks were a great mythopoeic people, in dramatic contrast to the Romans, who contributed to classical myth largely by adapting and revising the Greek heritage to fit in with their national and political agenda. This course is a study of the myths and legends of Greece and Rome, with emphasis on their sources and importance in the history of Western artistic, psychological, and imaginative experience. The course is designed especially for students investigating classical myth for the first time, although more advanced and continuing students will also find it engaging. The 24 units of the course follow the history of classical myth from its earliest roots in Mesopotamian myth and Greek political and cultural history through its later reworking in Roman myth.