Feb 05, 2023  
2020-2021 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:
  • Display a greater appreciation of the philosophy of language development and word meanings
  • Demonstrate greater linguistic knowledge
  • Demonstrate an increase in English vocabulary and improvement in spelling English words
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the terminology of their technical course

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • History of Latin’s impact on English
  • The dictionary/definition/Latin bases
  • Latin prefixes
  • Combination of bases
  • Latin suffixes
  • Latinisms/uncommon meanings
  • Latin words and phrases in English
  • The Greek alphabet/words from Greek mythology, history, and philosophy
  • Greek bases/combination of bases
  • Greek prefixes
  • Greek suffixes
  • The law/literary terms/terms from various occupations
  • Scientific language
  • Animals/colors
  • Meteorology/minerals
  • Tests

Dr. Katherine Wikoff

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