Writing Intensive Classes
Students who have taken writing intensive classes should already have learned the following skills:
These skills may be regarded by all students as a base for further study. Help is available through the Neilson Library Reference Department's Ask a Librarian options.
What Should Classics Majors Know?
By the time of their graduation all Classics majors should understand how scholars of Classical Antiquity conduct research and how they communicate the results of their work to colleagues. One way of describing this understanding is “information literacy” – i.e. the ability to conceptualize what information is needed combined with the skills necessary to locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use this information.
Students in classics-in-translation courses should be able:
In What Ways Will Student Skills be Assessed?
Whether their material is taught in the original or in English translation, all classics courses emphasize critical thinking, logical analysis, and the transferable skills of clear writing, articulate speaking, close reading, and sophisticated evaluation of evidence. At the elementary level these skills are measured by means of daily assignments, frequent quizzes, periodic exams, and short papers. At the intermediate level the same assessment tools are used, but the assignments become more demanding, the quizzes and exams less frequent, and the papers longer and more complex. At the advanced level an important index of progress is a long paper, involving a significant research component and preceded by an oral presentation. Advanced classics courses thus function as capstones or seminars.
An 'ethical use of information' means to make a clear distinction between received knowledge and the production of new knowledge. The incorporation of the work of others into his or her own must comply with such distinction. Therefore, every written and/or oral work in the discipline must clearly state its source, if it has any.
March 28, 2013