Northern Illinois University
Classical Mythology: Honors FLCL 271H 3 semester hours
The honors component of Classical Mythology is intended to give students a deeper
understanding of the subject and its relationship to other academic areas such as art,
music, and psychology. Each student must complete a project that involves reading one or
more pieces of Ancient Greek and/or Roman literature in translation.
This module helps students to find and compare information about various mythologies.
It affords them an opportunity to practice computer searching skills and to develop the
technological skills required to produce a formal paper, using a software such as
Word Perfect or Word.
Because of the current emphasis on multiculturalism in the curriculum, interest
in comparative mythology has increased. Familiarity with Ancient Greek and Roman
mythology, which has influenced several other mythologies, gives the students a good
basis of comparison. For their mythology project, the students are asked (1) to read
selections of sizeable length from a primary source of a mythology other than classical
mythology, noting similarities to and differences from classical mythology, and
(2) to write a formal paper of comparison.
View the attached "Class Project".
The information learned in this module would be useful in a comparative mythology
course, in a comparative religion course, in an anthropology course, and in any course
in which the mythology of a particular culture is studied.
Mastery of basic computer skills makes the preparation of manuscripts quicker and