Course Offerings

VWU Now Offers A Latin Teaching Endorsement!!

LATN 111, 213, (Upper Level topics also offered on demand)
Fulfills Your Language Requirement

LATN 112, 305: Elementary II and Latin ProseLearn how Latin can improve your vocabulary, help you get into and succeed in medical school, law school, teaching, or virtually anywhere in the job market, and let you read some pretty amazing literature in the process · Read stories like Caesar’s conquest of Gaul, the legends of king Arthur, or the tale of Cupid and Psyche in the original Latin · Take advantage of VWU’s Teaching Endorsement in Latin to begin a career teaching one of the world’s richest and most beautiful languages!

CLAS 105 (V):  Classical Mythology

CLAS 105 (V): Classical MythologyWhat do myths tell us about history, the human psyche, the way we use language and religion to communicate our most basic human hopes and fears?  What do Luke Skywalker and the Greek hero Perseus have in common?  How did Rick Riordan use Greek myths in Percy Jackson?  Take CLAS 105 and find out!

CLAS 120 (H): Archaeology

CLAS 120 (H): Introduction to ArchaeologyLearn about methods and monuments of Mediterranean Archaeology, with a focus on ancient Greece and Rome. Was the myth lost continent of Atlantis really inspired by the eruption of Thera-Santorini around 1630 BCE? Did the Greeks really practice human sacrifice at sites like Anemospilia in Crete? How do we decipher lost scripts like the Linear A and Linear B, the Phaistos Disk, the Rosetta Stone, and what do we learn from them? Why did Bronze Age civilization collapse around 1177 BCE, losing the knack of writing and undergoing a massive diminution of population and contact with other cities and cultures? What stories lie behind the famous Greek and Roman statues and monuments which we see in all the museums of the world?

CLAS 209 (H): Greek History

CLAS 330 (W): Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition: J.R.R. TolkienThey invented the alphabet, wrote a few epics, created tragedy and comedy, conquered Persia, birthed the world’s first known true democracy (it failed, but not before it gave rise to modern ideals of freedom of speech and citizenship), built the Parthenon (and gave us the architectural pattern for virtually every public building in the West), and much more. Come invent your own Bronze Age kingdom, tailor a strategy for winning in hoplite warfare, write your own epic:  study Greek History--why we are still reading the books they wrote, running our government and waging our wars according to theories they invented, and asking similar questions about the universe and humankind’s place in it.

CLAS 360 (H): Classical Virginia (January 2017 Winter Session)

CLAS 330 (W): Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition: J.R.R. TolkienWhat do Captain John Smith and Odysseus have in common?  How was Shakespeare’s The Tempest inspired by a real shipwreck on Bermuda suffered by would-be Jamestown colonists? How did the Greek pleasure-seeking philosopher Epicurus influence Thomas Jefferson?  How do the buildings we see around us every day appropriate the architectural vocabulary of Classical Greek and Roman temples and civic spaces to send a message about the function and sanctity of a space?
Students will learn about how Greek and Roman literature, art, architecture, and political ideas helped to shape the U.S., with a special focus on Virginia. The course includes day-trips to Charlottesville, Williamsburg/Jamestown, and Norfolk.

Contact Professor Ben Haller ( for more information about any of these classes or anything relating to the ancient world.