Classical Mythology

World Mythology
Department of Classics
Monmouth College

Summary of Goals and Requirements

Your final grade will be determined in the following way:

The average of these eight units will determine your course grade.
Grading Scale for information about the equivalence of numeric and letter grades.

There are no exams in this course. Instead there will be a series of quizzes, both announced and unannounced, in class writing assignments, map work and other in-class activities. The average of these activities will be weighted as three units towards your final grade.

Short Writing Assignments
There will be one short response paper  every week, based upon topics discussed in class. These papers will include accurate and specific reference to course materials as well as your own response to this material. They must be at least 600-words in length (two full pages) and follow Prof. Sienkewicz' Writing Guidelines.  One of these written assignments will be a mid-course evaluation. No papers will be accepted for grade after the day they are due. The average of these papers (and quizzes) will be weighted as two units.

Individualized Project
Each student will pursue a semester-long project which focuses on a comparison on a Greco-Roman myth with a myth from another part of the world. Preparation for this project must include use of both ancient (primary) and secondary (scholarly) material, library research, significant analysis, and original work. See Individualized Project for further information. This grade on this project counts as TWO (2) units toward your final grade.

Final Oral Presentation
During the final exam period (and in lieu of a final exam) students will give five-minute oral presentations to the class on their individualized projects.
The gr
ade for this presentation will be based upon:
1.) the appropriateness of the presentation to the topic;
2.)  the presenter's ability to explain the project orally to this audience;
3.) the quality and appropriateness of the handout (required). Handout must include an abstract and at least one significant image;
4.) other features accompanying the presentation  (e.g., poster, Powerpoint). Note: These are not required but are encouraged.
The grade on this oral presentation will count as one unit toward your final grade.

This material has been published on the web by Prof. Tom Sienkewicz for his students at Monmouth College. If you have any questions, you can contact him at

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