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         Welcome to Classics/Art 300, the Tier 2 General Education Course.

We want you to do well in this unusual class....So we provide a syllabus and outlines to help you through each step of the way! And here is the syllabus below...

A.  Office Hours for Dr. David Soren are Wednesdays, 10:05  to 11:15, in 314b Haury Building, Department of Anthropology, and at  other times by appointment. His email is but he cannot respond so quickly to you as the graduate assistants or preceptors can.  The graduate student assistants for the course can mostly (but not all) be found in the Classics Department on the 2nd floor of the Learning Services Building at 1512 East 1st Street at Vine Street or in 120 Haury Building (Anthropology).  Our preceptors can also help you and will present review sessions for the course. You can go at various times to any of these assistants for help with your studies. REMEMBER to go to the address stated above to see these student helpers. Graduate assistants are to be named soon. Graduate assistants and their office hour are: Christopher Vasquez-Wright  ( 12-1 Wednesdays in Haury, Sandra Bernal ( Tuesdays 11-12 in Haury 120; Melanie Zelikovsky 10 30 to 11 30 a..m. on Mondays ( in Learning Services Building, Martina Steffen Thursdays 11-12 ( in Haury 409; Stephanie Martin ( 1 - 2 p.m., Mondays, in Haury 120. Preceptor Phyllis Kabins is available on Fridays from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Transitional Office Building at 1731 Second Street opposite the Women's Softball Field. For Phyllis go to the graphic design office at the back of the first floor. Entrance to Phyllis' building is in the back of the building by the parking lot. Katie Raymer is available Fridays from 11 to 12 at 120 Haury Building. Tomas Houser is available Thursdays 11 - 12 in 120 Haury.

B. Reading Assignments- go to reading assignments section

C. Textbook to Buy

1. Mary Beard and John Henderson, Classical Art From Greece to Rome (Oxford, 2001) - This book is designed to go with the final exam essay that you must answer.

2. David Soren, Art,  Popular Culture and the Classical Ideal in the 1930s: Two Classic Films (Baltimore, 2010)- This book is designed to go with this course.

3. Additional assignments and texts, and daily course outlines appear on the website under Online Reading. Lecture powerpoints will also be put onto D2L for you but should be used to supplement the lectures you actually attend.

D. Website:

E. Email: If you have questions please feel free to e-mail our graduate assistants or preceptors, and you can email Dr. Soren at Dr. Soren normally comes about 20 minutes early to class so that you can come and talk with him then or after class as well and also during his office hours.

F. Rules and Regulations

1. There will be a midterm examination and a final examination for each of which there will be both in class and outside of class review sessions. There will be 4 quizzes of 7 minutes each. Instructions for taking these are in the Reading Assignments section. The final will be on the last day of class which is December 9th so make sure you will be there at that time.

2. Students may only make up these examinations because of a medical emergency or family emergency documented to the instructor's satisfaction from a family member such as a parent. Documented  professional requirements such as a job interview or university commitments such as athletic meets or debating team contests may  be considered also with a note from the appropriate instructors or athetic supervisers. Oversleeping or just missing the examination will result in a failing grade being given. Traveling to weddings or booking airline flights to go home or visit friends are not excuses. Planned family trips are also not acceptable excuses. Makeup tests may not be given at other institutions using them as proctors.

3. The terms on the quiz and dates of the quizzes are posted in the Exam Study Guide and the Readings section. Note when they are and do not plan to be out of town during quiz or examination times.

4. Students caught cheating will be given a failing grade in the class. Individual cheaters and organized cheating groups will be reported to the university for disciplinary action. Computers may be used in class for note taking but not for the viewing of other material or for examinations or quizzes. Students using our university emails or D2L system for personal profit or by giving information to cheat-sheet companies will be given failing grades for the class and reported to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. Do not use D2L to request help for yourself from other students or for any personal communication.

5. The midterm counts one third of your grade and so does the final. The 3 quizzes together comprise another one third of your grade. This is the only system that we use for computing your grades.

G. Extra Credit and Attendance: Attendance is required because of the large amount of information that is given in class. Each class period 25 names will be posted at the beginning and 25 other names at the end of the class. At the start or end of the class, each of the 25 students posted must come to the front of the room, display a picture identification, and sign in. Failure to sign in when your name is posted means that  you will lose 2 points off of your final examination score each time you are caught. The graduate assistants will maintain sign-in sheets for the  randomly selected students at the base of the stage. Multiple attendance infractions will definitely result in a poor final grade. Students who do sign in will get a one point bump in their overall number grade so it is definitely to your advantage to come to class and to sign in if you are listed.

H. Please Read This Part Carefully: Common Courtesy: Dr. Soren expects that students will not leave class early and walk out during his lecture. This is considered extremely rude and discourteous to other classmates. Rude class behavior will result in dismissal from the class or the docking of one full grade in the course. Reading the paper, talking or playing computer games, surfing the internet, doing facebook  are considered unacceptable behaviors which disrupt and distract the class.

I. Grades and examinations will be based on 100 points with 90 being an A, 80 a B, etc.. Quizzes are graded with a number or letter grade. 10 is an A, 9 is an A minus, 8 is a B and so on. There will be two terms on each quiz. If one term is not identified, the quiz is considered failed. For the dates of examinations see the examination study guide section. You will have 4 chances to take 3 quizzes and if you take all 4 quizzes we will take your top 3 scores to count towards your final grade. If you do well on all 4 quizzes, the extra quizzes will add 2 points to your final exam grade if it is higher than your overall average. Grades are broken down as follows; your 3 best quizzes are one third of your grade, your midterm is one third and your final one third. Add your scores up and divide by 3 and you will get your final grade. If it is a 90 you have an A.

J. Makeup Examinations or Early Examinations - Makeups may ONLY be given for students with a documented medical reason for missing the examination or if the student is participating in a regular university sponsored and required activity at the time of the examination. Attending a friend's wedding, visiting friends, planned family outings and attending graduations of friends or family are not acceptable excuses for missing examinations. Early examinations may be given to students engaged in university required activities during the time of the regular examination.  If you have a job and  your employer requires you to be somewhere during the examination time and certifies this in writing, an early examination or a makup may be given only if the instructor finds the request reasonable.

Corrections for Dr. Soren’s Textbook

Unfortunately the recently printed first edition of Dr. Soren’s book has a number of errors in the text. Each one is indicated below and the correction offered so you can print this out and insert it into your copy of his book and use it as needed: 

 Page Paragraph Correction
 5  2 men and women who have contributed, not that have contributed
5 3 as well as well should just be as well
6 5 watching them a priori instead of watching it a priori
9 left side
last line
America, not American
10 3 virtue, not virture
13 1 to turn revive should be changed to to revive
16 title Depression Modern Style and not Depression Modern-Style
16 3  
    established in 1903, not established as in 1903
20 2 Depression Modern style and not Modern-style
20 2 Modern accent and not Modern-accent
20 2 Modern style and not Modern-style
20 2 Yet another error same as the preceding
21 1 And still another as above
22 2 BCE should be B.C.
22 2 Modern-ideas should be Modern ideas
23 2 Modern-style should be Modern style
23 3 resulting in explosions should be changed to leading to explosions
24 1 Modern-style should again be Modern style
24 1 Same problem in 4th from last line at the left on the page
27 3 It should be Hays Code
27 4 It should be Hays Code
44 5 such 1910s gems should be including such 1910s gems as
72 1 uninitiated, not unitiated
75 2 (what antennae) and not (what antennae
81 4 in many ways, not in many way
87 last
a Greek drinking cup has the word cup left out
93 1 a lovely, not alovely
93 letterbox it'd be the thing, not it'd be thing
100 1 Mimi's daughter should be indented
103 bibliography A Restricted Country should be in italics
135 index Rosalind Russell, not Russel