Using the three traditional language arts—the trivium—as its foundation, the classical education minor will enable students to develop a clear picture of what it means to be classically educated. Rather than enforcing ever-changing standards of the teaching profession, this minor will be grounded in the rich heritage of the liberal arts tradition. Through the teacher apprenticeship, it provides opportunities for students who would like classroom teaching experience in a reputable classical school. The minor also provides an alternative path for students who either do not need pedagogical experience to be effective teachers or have no interest in teaching. A student wishing to minor in Classical Education must complete 18 credit hours, as outlined below.Course Requirements for the Minor in Classical Education Education 200, Elements of English Grammar, is a prerequisite for the minor. Students may test out of this prerequisite by earning 90 percent or higher on a grammar competency exam.
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
Philosophy 107 Introduction to Logic
Speech 290 The Western Tradition of Rhetoric I
Education 360 Philosophy of Education
Elective Courses (9 credit hours)
Speech 291 The Western Tradition of Rhetoric II
Speech 310 Argumentation: Theory and Practice
Classics 301 Greek Civilization
Classics 302 Roman Civilization
Classics 311 Rhetoric and Persuasion in the Ancient World
Education 444 Explicit Phonics Reading Instruction*
Education 401 Liberal Arts Teacher Apprenticeship
* Recommended for those interested in elementary-level instruction.
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