Department of Classical Studies

Department History

1892 The State Normal and Industrial School opens with a Department of Ancient and Modern Languages which offers a four year curriculum in Latin. Three years of Latin are required of all students.
1898 The Department of Latin is already a separate unit with two full-time faculty members. The Department Head is Viola Boddie who continues in the position until 1934-35 when she teaches part-time before retiring the next year.  Miss Marie B. Denneen serves as Acting Head of the department for 1934-35.
1914 A Latin Club /Classical Club is founded for students wanting to learn about "the cultural side of Latin." (Club picture, 1915)
1931 Having been renamed as the North Carolina College for Women in 1919, the campus joins the redefined state system, along with the campuses in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, and is renamed The Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina.
1935 The Department is renamed the Department of Classical Civilization and expands its offerings to include 4 Greek courses, 20 Latin courses, and 2 courses in English on Greek and Roman literature. Students can now major in Latin Language and Literature or Greek Language and Literature.  Viola Boddie retires, and Charlton C. Jernigan begins his service as Department Head.
1938 A new Classical Club is founded for students who have made marks of B or better in Greek or Latin. (Club picture, 1942)
1949 Charlton Jernigan retires, and Francis A. Laine joins the faculty as Department Head, serving until 1978.
1963 The Woman’s College becomes co-ed and is renamed The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
1971 A third full-time faculty member joins the Department.
1974 Archaeology becomes part of the curriculum for the first time, with a 200-level course "Introduction to Classical Archaeology" offered in the fall. The Department is offering separate B.A. degrees in Latin and in Greek.
1978 A Civilization concentration is added to the existing language concentrations for each degree. The department begins several years of administration under acting Heads from other departments, with an external advisory committee also serving from 1983-1987.  J. Douglas Minyard serves as Department Head for the next two years, 1987-88 and 1988-89.
1984 A fourth full-time faculty member joins the Department.
1989 The Department undertakes a whole-scale restructuring of its programs and curriculum in order to attract more students, to make the major programs more possible for students to complete, to increase its commitment to teacher education, and to include as many general education (AULER) courses as possible in its offerings. At the same time it begins to explore the needs of Latin teachers in North Carolina and wins a grant to offer the first Governor’s Institute in Latin at the graduate level. Susan C. Shelmerdine begins service as Department Head, serving until 1992 when Jeffrey Soles assumes the Headship.
1990 The first Governor’s Institute in Latin is offered in the summer and planning begins for the creation of a graduate degree program for Latin teachers.
1991 As a result of its restructuring process, the Department discontinues its two existing B.A. programs and begins offering one new B.A. degree in Classical Studies with four concentrations (Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Greek Language and Literature, Latin Language and Literature) and a special “A” certification track for prospective teacher education students.
1993 The new M.Ed. program in Latin, created in response to continuing demand by in-service Latin teachers in the state, begins enrolling students. A fifth tenure-track faculty member joins the Department.
1999 The M.Ed. program in Latin undergoes revisions to meet new state standards effective in 2000. Susan C. Shelmerdine replaces Jeffrey Soles as Department Head.
2004 A sixth tenure-track faculty member joins the Department.
2006 The Department revises and expands its curriculum, and restructures the B.A. degree in Classical Studies with three concentrations (Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Language and Literature) and the certification track for teacher education students. At the end of May, the Department, along with other humanities departments housed in the McIver Building, moves to the new Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building at the corner of Spring Garden and Forest Streets.
2008 A seventh tenure-track faculty member joins the Department.
2009 Hugh Parker replaces Susan C. Shelmerdine as Department Head
2010 UNCG in Rome, a new 4 week study abroad course is added to the curriculum, to be offered every other summer. It joins the Mochlos Project in Greece as the Depertment's 2nd regular opportunity for students to travel and study abroad.