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Jerry Guo ‘10 CLST-JerryGuo
F09-S10 D-plan: R-R-R
Classical Archaeology/Economics

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The Department has a number of specialists on all aspects of ancient history, literature, and archaeology. The strength of our Professors and the interesting courses they offer are definitely some of my favorite things. The Department also has two of the best Foreign Study Programs at Dartmouth – the Greece FSP in particular has been singled out for its strength by independent reviewers. Downsides: lack of class variety. It is a small department, so there are often only a couple courses offered each term.

Important info for potential majors:

Don’t worry about taking courses out of order; the beauty of the Department is that there are no pre-requisites for classes outside of the languages. If you have an interest in a course, take it! The Professor will work with you to fill in any gaps you may have. Definitely look into the FSPs early; they have a lot of required courses, so it’s good to start planning for those earlier.

Talk to me if:

Talk to me if you’re interested in Greek archaeology, independent research, or traveling to Greece. Also ask me about research funding and the process for writing a thesis.

Most valuable academic info learned:

Being a classics major has made me a much better writer in virtually every way. Since our Department and classes are small, you get to work very closely with professors to improve your work. They take an active interest in improving your academic skills. I have also learned a great deal about art history, architectural, and historical methods – a very interdisciplinary major.

Favorite class and professor:

CLST 19 with Professor Christesen was a phenomenal class. Although it was a great deal of work, it truly made me a better student and person. I learned how to write history, how to analyze a piece of art, how to conduct an independent research project, and how to improve myself as a person. Christesen is dedicated to pedagogy, and he is considered to be one of the best professors at Dartmouth.

Major classes taken:

CLST 1, 6, 11, 19, 21, 22, 24, 30, 31, 32, GRK 1, 3, 10, 30.

Major journey:

I took CLST 22 and CLST 1 with Professors Rutter and Christesen my freshman winter and fell in love with archaeology. I found that I enjoyed reading and working on classics even when I didn’t have to, and I confirmed those suspicions after taking more courses. I kept taking more and more classes and soon found myself with a major.

Major-specific activities:

Thesis research.

Thesis status:

Confirmed. Professor Jeremy Rutter advising. “A Typology of Rural Greek Towers.”

Other activities:

Dartmouth Model United Nations – Secretary-General
National High School Model United Nations – Director-General

Off-campus program:

Greece FSP Spring 2009

Internship experience: (include name of employer, position, term, location, 100 max)

UNITE HERE, Summer Organizing Intern, Boston, MA, Summer 2009
Naval Postgraduate School, Research Assistant, Monterey, CA, Fall 2008
Alea North America, Summer Intern, Rocky Hill, CT, Summer 2007

sliderSarah Spangenberg ‘11CLST-SarahSpangenberg
F09-S10 D-plan:  FSP-L-R
Classics
maybe pre-law

Favorite and least favorite things about your department:

The small size of the department allows professors and students to work more closely than they do in other departments, in my opinion.  Obviously all professors offer office hours, but the fact that any Classics major will take 2 or 3 courses with the same professor facilitates relationships in a way that sometimes only happens with senior seminars in other departments.  The downside to having such a small department is that class offerings are limited, and sometimes D-plans and the Classics course prospectus don’t coordinate well.

Important info for potential majors:

Plan ahead!  Some courses are offered pretty infrequently: if you think you want to (or will need to) take a certain class and it’s offered, go ahead and take it.

Talk to me if:

You love your Classics courses but you’re worried about choosing a major that’s not necessarily “practical” – majoring in something you’re passionate about is SO important!

Most valuable academic info learned:

Classics courses WILL teach you how to research – because Classics combines history, archaeology, and literature, classes in the department strengthen students’ ability to analyze primary and secondary documents and visual sources in multiple ways.  While the papers are difficult, my term paper writing has improved dramatically and that improvement has translated into papers in other fields.

Favorite class and professor:

CLST 25 with Professor Ulrich – he’s great!  He does an excellent job grading fairly considering his classes usually have a range of students from senior majors to freshmen who’ve never taken an archaeology class before.  The material is so fascinating, and Ulrich is a really engaging and funny lecturer.

Major classes taken:

CLST 1, 5, 6, 17, 25, 26; LAT 10, 30

Major journey:

My first class in the department was CLST 1 with Christesen; having taken Latin since 7th grade, I thought it sounded interesting, and it would give me the elusive CI distrib.  I ended up loving the class and have taken at least one Classics course every term since, so I kind of fell into the major.  I’ve loved some of my classes in other departments, but my Classical Studies major suits me perfectly!

Thesis status:

I intend to write one as of now, likely on a topic in the field of Roman archaeology

Other activities:

Dartmouth Equestrian Team; Delta Delta Delta – 09X President; Outdoor Leadership Experience; Dartmouth Public Affairs Office student intern

Off-campus program:

Classics FSP in Rome, 09F