Mar 27, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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HU 420 - Classical Derivatives

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course aims to help the student better appreciate the classical heritage of the English language. It is a comprehensive study of the basic Greek and Latin word elements - roots, prefixes, and suffixes - that underlie modern English usage. The purpose of the course is to provide the student with a systematic method for increasing his/her vocabulary. Exercises will illustrate practical application. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Gain a greater appreciation of the philosophy of language development and word meanings
  • Acquire greater linguistic knowledge
  • Increase his/her English vocabulary
  • Improve his/her spelling of English words
  • More fully appreciate the terminology of his/her technical course

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • History of Latin’s Impact on English (1 class)
  • The Dictionary/Definition/Latin Bases (1 class)
  • Latin Prefixes (1 class)
  • Combination of Bases (1 class)
  • Latin Suffixes (7 classes)
  • Latinisms/Uncommon Meanings (1 class)
  • Latin Words and Phrases in English (1 class)
  • The Greek Alphabet/Words from Greek Mythology, History, and Philosophy (1 class)
  • Greek Bases/Combination of Bases (1 class)
  • Greek Prefixes (1 class)
  • Greek Suffixes (5 classes)
  • The Law/Literary Terms/Terms from Various Occupations (1 class)
  • Scientific Language (3 classes)
  • Animals/colors (1 class)
  • Meteorology/Minerals (1 class)
  • Tests (3 classes)

R. David Kent

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