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Courses & Resources in Classics & Religious Studies

Chair's Message

Are you wondering what happened to all the CLAR, CLAS, and CLWR classes? They have all been renumbered and given the new prefix CARS (for “Classics And Religious Studies”).

Since 2003, when the Classics department became “Classics and World Religions,” we have offered five types of courses: CLAR (Classical Archaeology), CLAS (Classics in Translation), CLWR (Classics: World Religions), GK (Greek), and LAT (Latin).

Now that we have become Classics and Religious Studies, we are simplifying the process of signing up for classes so that students don’t have to try three different prefixes to find the class they are looking for. Starting in spring of 2022, all the classes except Greek and Latin will be CARS classes.

There are a few other changes too. For instance, the class formerly known as “Old Testament” is now “The Hebrew Bible” to more accurately describe the subject matter.

See How Will CARS Courses Count for majors that require CLWR, CLAR or CLWR courses? for how the new courses will meet existing major requirements.

Dr. Brian Collins
Department Chair of Classics and Religious Studies and Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy

Spring 2022 Course Offerings

  • CARS 2010 Greek Archaeology (Palmer)
  • CARS 2040 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Palmer)
  • CARS 2060 Near Eastern Art and Architecture (Crawford)
  • CARS 2110 Rome Under the Caesars (Bernstein)
  • CARS 2160 War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome (F. Drogula)
  • CARS 2180 Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture (Crawford)
  • CARS 2400 Introduction to the Study of Religion (Crawford)
  • CARS 2410 The Global Occult (Lybarger)
  • CARS 2520 What is Evil? (Owens)
  • CARS 2530 Difficult Dialogues: Science and Religion (Sheldon)
  • CARS 3000 The Hebrew Bible (Crawford)
  • CARS 3030 Political Islam (Lybarger)
  • CARS 3210 Religion and Violence (Lybarger)
  • CARS 3220 Thinking about Death (Maxwell)
  • CARS 3260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (Collins)
  • CARS 3400 Greek and Roman Religions and Society (F. Drogula)
  • CARS 3800 Colloquium in Classics and Religious Studies (Collins)
  • GK 1120 Beginning Greek II (Owens)
  • GK 2120 Intermediate Greek II (Palmer)
  • GK 4900 Special Topics in Greek Literature (Owens)
  • LAT 1120 Beginning Latin II (A. Drogula)
  • LAT 2120 Intermediate Latin II (Bernstein)
  • LAT 3120 Latin Prose and Poetry II (Bernstein)
  • LAT 4120 Advanced Latin Literature II (Bernstein)

Below is a list of all our CARS course offerings, grouped under general headings. And we have even more course offerings on the way!

2000-2099: Archaeology

  • CARS 2000 The Wonders of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 2010 Greek Archaeology
  • CARS 2020 Roman Archaeology
  • CARS 2030 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • CARS 2040 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • CARS 2050 Archaeology and the Bible

2100-2299: The Ancient World

  • CARS 2100 Classical Athens
  • CARS 2110 Rome Under the Caesars
  • CARS 2120 Ancient Jerusalem: From Solomon to Suleiman
  • CARS 2130 Alexander and the Hellenistic World
  • CARS 2140 Human Aspirations Among the Greeks and Romans
  • CARS 2150 Democracy and Republicanism in the Ancient World
  • CARS 2160 War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • CARS 2170 Food, Drink, and Identity in the Ancient World
  • CARS 2180 Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture

2300-2399: Classical Mythology

  • CARS 2300 Heroes: Classical Literature in Translation
  • CARS 2310 Classical Mythology

2400-2499 The History of Religions

  • CARS 2400 Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • CARS 2410 The Global Occult: Ghosts, Demonology, and the Paranormal in World Religions
  • CARS 2430 The History of Yoga: From Ancient Discipline to Modern Movement
  • CARS 2440 Pagan to Christian in Late Antiquity

2500-2599: Difficult Dialogues

  • CARS 2500 Difficult Dialogues: Religious Beliefs
  • CARS 2510 Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
  • CARS 2520 What is Evil?
  • CARS 2530 Difficult Dialogues: Science and Religion

2700-2799 Cross-Listed Courses

  • CARS 2700/HIST 2700 Comparative Slavery

2900-2999: Special Topics, Independent Studies, and HTC Tutorials

  • CARS 2900 Special Topics in Classics and Religious Studies
  • CARS 2970T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial
  • CARS 2971T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial
  • CARS 2980T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial
  • CARS 2981T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial

3000-3099 Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

  • CARS 3000 The Hebrew Bible
  • CARS 3010 The New Testament
  • CARS 3020 Islam
  • CARS 3030 Political Islam
  • CARS 3040 Sufism: Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam

3100-3199 Religions of Asia

  • CARS 3100 Hinduism
  • CARS 3110 Buddhism
  • CARS 3120 Gandhi and the Gita: Religious Roots of Nonviolent Resistance in Colonial India
  • CARS 3130 Indian Epic: Mahabharata and Ramayana

3200-3399 Comparative Studies in Religion

  • CARS 3200 Self-Denial and Religion
  • CARS 3210 Religion and Violence
  • CARS 3220 Thinking about Death
  • CARS 3230 Religion and Politics in the United States
  • CARS 3240 Theories of Religion
  • CARS 3250 Contemporary Religious Thought
  • CARS 3260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism
  • CARS 3270 Religious, Mystical, and Paranormal Experiences
  • CARS 3280 African Religions
  • CARS 3290 Writing on Religion
  • CARS 3300 Religion and Gender

3400-3499 Life in the Ancient World

  • CARS 3400 Greek and Roman Religion and Society
  • CARS 3410 Technology in Greek and Roman Society
  • CARS 3420 Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 3430 Roman Social History
  • CARS 3440 Love in Antiquity
  • CARS 3450 Wisdom in Antiquity
  • CARS 3460 Ethnicity in the Ancient World
  • CARS 3470 Sex and the Bible

3500-3599 Topics in Ancient Archaeology

  • CARS 3500 Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
  • CARS 3510 Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology
  • CARS 3520 On-Site Survey of Greek History
  • CARS 3530 Archaeology and Art: Contexts and Controversies

3800-3899 Colloquium

  • CARS 3800 Colloquium in Classics and Religious Studies

4000-4099 Capstone Courses

  • CARS 4000 Reconstructing Roman Slavery

4900-4999 Special Topics, Independent Studies, and HTC Tutorials

  • CARS 4900 Special Topics in Classics and Religious Studies
  • CARS 4930 Independent Study
  • CARS 4970T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial
  • CARS 4980T Classics and Religious Studies HTC Tutorial

How Will CARS Courses Count for Majors that Require CLWR, CLAR or CLWR Courses? 

Courses That Should Meet CLAR Requirements

  • CARS 2000 The Wonders of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 2010 Greek Archaeology
  • CARS 2020 Roman Archaeology
  • CARS 2030 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
  • CARS 2040 Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • CARS 2050 Archaeology and the Bible
  • CARS 3500 Greek Cities and Sanctuaries
  • CARS 3510 Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology
  • CARS 3520 On-Site Survey of Greek History
  • CARS 3530 Archaeology and Art: Contexts and Controversies

Courses That Should Meet CLAS Requirements

  • CARS 2000 The Wonders of the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 2100 Classical Athens
  • CARS 2110 Rome Under the Caesars
  • CARS 2130 Alexander and the Hellenistic World
  • CARS 2140 Human Aspirations Among the Greeks and Romans
  • CARS 2150 Democracy and Republicanism in the Ancient World
  • CARS 2160 War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • CARS 2170 Food, Drink, and Identity in the Ancient World
  • CARS 2180 Ancient Near Eastern Art and Architecture
  • CARS 2300 Heroes in Classical Literature
  • CARS 2310 Classical Mythology
  • CARS 3410 Technology in Greek and Roman Society
  • CARS 3420 Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
  • CARS 3430 Roman Social History
  • CARS 3440 Love in Antiquity
  • CARS 3450 Wisdom in Antiquity
  • CARS 3460 Ethnicity in the Ancient World

Courses That Should Meet CLWR Requirements

  • CARS 2120 Ancient Jerusalem: From Solomon to Suleiman
  • CARS 2400 Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • CARS 2410 The Global Occult: Ghosts, Demonology, and the Paranormal in World Religions
  • CARS 2430 The History of Yoga: From Ancient Discipline to Modern Movement
  • CARS 2440 Pagan to Christian in Late Antiquity
  • CARS 2500 Difficult Dialogues: Religious Beliefs
  • CARS 2510 Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
  • CARS 2520 What is Evil?
  • CARS 2530 Difficult Dialogues: Science and Religion
  • CARS 3000 The Hebrew Bible
  • CARS 3010 New Testament
  • CARS 3020 Islam
  • CARS 3030 Political Islam
  • CARS 3040 Sufism: Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam
  • CARS 3100 Hinduism
  • CARS 3110 Buddhism
  • CARS 3120 Gandhi and the Gita
  • CARS 3130 Indian Epic: Mahabharata and Ramayana
  • CARS 3200 Self-Denial and Religion: Virgins, Monks, Hermits and Other Ascetics
  • CARS 3210 Religion and Violence
  • CARS 3220 Thinking about Death: Belief and Practice
  • CARS 3230 American Religion and Politics
  • CARS 3240 Theories of Religion
  • CARS 3250 Contemporary Religious Thought
  • CARS 3260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism
  • CARS 3270 Religious, Mystical, and Paranormal Experiences
  • CARS 3290 Women and Religion
  • CARS 3400 Greek and Roman Religion and Society
  • CARS 3470 Sex and the Bible