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Department of Classical Studies Records

Identifier: UA 004.8

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the official records that reflect the history and activities of the Department of Classical Studies from 1970-2003. It contains annual reports produced by the Department for the Office of the Provost which document the yearly events and accomplishments of the Department, departmental review documents, and an archive of the department's website.


  • 1970 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Department of Classical Studies originated in 1892 as the Department of Ancient and Modern Languages, offering a four year degree in Latin. However, in 1898, Latin became its own department. In 1935, the Department was renamed the Department of Classical Civilization during which time it expanded its curriculum to include Greek, Latin, and courses on Greek and Roman literature. The orginial head of the Department, Viloa Boddie retired in 1935 and was replaced by Charlton Jernigan. Jernigan retired in 1949 and was seceded by Francis Laine who would serve as Head of the Department until his death in 1978.

In 1974, the Department added archaeology to its curriculum and begins offering separate Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin and in Greek. In 1978, a Civilization concentration was added to the existing language concentrations for each degree. The Department also begins several years of administration under acting Heads from other departments, with an external advisory committee serving from 1983-1987. In 1986, the Department changed its name to the Department of Classical Studies.

The Department undertook a whole-scale restructuring of its programs and curriculum in 1989 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 courses as possible in its offerings. Susan C. Shelmerdine also began service as Department Head in 1989, serving until 1992 when Jeffrey Soles assumes the Headship.

In 1991, a a result of its restructuring process, the Department discontinues its two existing Bachelor of Arts degree programs and began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree degree in Classical Studies with four concentrations: Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Greek Language and Literature, Latin Language and Literature, as well as a special "A" certification track for prospective teacher education students.

In 2006, The Department again revised and expanded its curriculum, and restructureed the Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies with three concentrations: Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Language and Literature, in addition to the certification track for teacher education students. By 2008, there were seven tenure track professors in the Department.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The Department of Classical Studies has undergone several name changes since it was first established as the Department of Ancient and Modern Languages in 1892. In 1935 it changed names to the Department of Classical Civilization and later in 1986 became the Department of Classical Studies. Its mission is to serve the educational interests of undergraduate and master's level students by preserving, transmitting and interpreting the achievements of the Classical World.

Method of Acquisition

Periodically transferred from the Department of Classical Studies.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US