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Honors Classical Civilization

Honors Classical Civilization Living Learning Community - 182 Broadway 1st Year Students

Why choose Honors Classical Civilization? Part of the answer, the Classical side, is that the core problems of the lives of the ancient Greek and Romans are an essential part of the human experience.  From that perspective, we can study today’s human experience more effectively by beginning with the classical world of the Greeks and Romans because we do not have to worry about the distorting effects of modern science and technology. The fundamental issues of the human condition, war and peace, political structures, and relations between human beings of different races, ethnicities, religions and genders, can all be studied through a combination of literature, philosophy, theater, and art.

Another part of the answer is that Classical Civ will be a Living Learning Community.  The small group of students who elect Classical Civ will be living on the same floor of one of our newest residence halls (182 Broadway).  The thinking behind the idea of a Living Learning Community is that we do not only learn in classrooms.  We will be utilizing the living side of Classical Civ to enrich the program with off campus field trips and on campus, in the residence, a wide variety of enrichments including movies, plays, lectures on art history, and food.

Critical to Classical Civ are Learning Communities.  Pace students have been required to take at least one LC since 2003.  Many students take two or three.  Learning Communities bring together a group of students taking two courses whose professors examine a theme, a set of issues or concepts or one time period, from the perspective of two disciplines.  We intend to magnify the effectiveness of Classical Civ by including an LC in each of the Fall and Spring semesters:  the Fall LC will combine Literature and Philosophy and the spring LC will match Political Philosophy with Theater.  In addition, those students whose majors permit will be able to take a year of either Greek or Latin (this is optional for those who select Classical Civ).

Classical Civ brings together elements that should be infused into the college experience of every student.  None of the components are being used for the first time: what is new is the way they are being integrated into the educational experience of the fortunate participants.

Beneficial consequences of a Fall semester LC include:

  • More comprehensive understanding of important concepts and issues
  • Heightened academic skills, e.g., analysis and synthesis
  • Belonging to a community of learners that includes both students and professors utilizes not only the classroom but also, with extra curricular activities, utilizes New York City as a text.

Benefits from including a second LC for the spring semester:

  • Professors teaching the 2nd semester LC can plan their respective courses in light of what they know the students will have studied first semester;
  • For students, an opportunity to strengthen all important academic skills: synthesis; analysis and critical thinking in general.