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Re: Classical Languages - Study Group

Postby Iversen » Mon Jun 07, 2021 9:55 pm

lichtrausch wrote:"The classics department at Princeton University recently decided that the idea that classics majors ought to know Latin or Greek has been a mistake. Old-fashioned, perhaps. Until now, undergrads who wanted to major in the study of classical texts needed to come into the concentration with at least an intermediate level of Latin or Greek. But those students will no longer even have to learn either language to receive a degree in classics."


What's next - maybe that doctors don't have to know medicin, or that astronomers don't have to know any mathematics?
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Re: Classical Languages - Study Group

Postby sirgregory » Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:00 am

Re: Princeton, here's a posting on the university's webpage.

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/curriculum-changed-add-flexibility-race-and-identity-track

In classics, two major changes were made. The “classics” track, which required an intermediate proficiency in Greek or Latin to enter the concentration, was eliminated, as was the requirement for students to take Greek or Latin. Students still are encouraged to take either language if it is relevant to their interests in the department. The breadth of offerings remains the same, said Josh Billings, director of undergraduate studies and professor of classics. The changes ultimately give students more opportunities to major in classics.


If you go down "What Readers are Saying," the alumni letters appear to be uniformly critical of the decision.
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Re: Classical Languages - Study Group

Postby David1917 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:09 am

sirgregory wrote:Re: Princeton, here's a posting on the university's webpage.

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/curriculum-changed-add-flexibility-race-and-identity-track

In classics, two major changes were made. The “classics” track, which required an intermediate proficiency in Greek or Latin to enter the concentration, was eliminated, as was the requirement for students to take Greek or Latin. Students still are encouraged to take either language if it is relevant to their interests in the department. The breadth of offerings remains the same, said Josh Billings, director of undergraduate studies and professor of classics. The changes ultimately give students more opportunities to major in classics.


If you go down "What Readers are Saying," the alumni letters appear to be uniformly critical of the decision.


Well, if their interest is the department, then the languages are probably relevant...

US higher ed is such a joke.
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