William Freiert

Faculty and Emeriti

Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor in Classics

William K. Freiert retired from full-time teaching in 2010. The following year he was elected to honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  Since retirement, he has regularly taught a First-Term-Seminar on the topic of Mindfulness as well as several Classics courses and has taught annually in the Osher Life Long Learning Program in Minneapolis and lectured many times for the Learning is Forever program in Rochester.  At Gustavus, he had been Hanson-Peterson Professor of Liberal Studies and Chair of the Classics Department. He has graduate degrees from St. Louis University and the University of Minnesota and he has done further study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and at Harvard University.

Most of his publications deal with the influence of the Classics on twentieth-century literature and the arts. His most recent article dealt with the Ojibwe novelist, David Treuer.  He has delivered dozens of conference papers or invited lectures at other colleges. He spent 1992 as an exchange professor in Japan and has taught a first-term seminar on Japanese culture. Most of his other teaching involved Greco-Roman myth, drama, and poetry and he was a frequent contributor to Curriculum II. He has participated in NEH summer seminars on Japanese philosophy and on Greek mythology and has been the president of two state professional organizations.

During the 1997-98 academic year, Freiert was a Fulbright lecturer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He was the 1986 recipient of Gustavus' Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2005 Faculty Service Award. He has also received the American Philological Association's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Freiert served for eight years on the Board of the Minnesota Humanities Center.


B.A. and M.A. St. Louis University - Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Courses Taught


FTS-100 (FTS:Mindfulness)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CLA-101Myth and Meaning332015/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/JN, 2003/JN, and 2001/JN
CLA-111Myth and Meaning242005/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
CUR-100Historical Perspective I142008/FA, 2006/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
FTS-100FTS:Mindfulness112013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/SP
CUR-399Senior Seminar42011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, and 1999/SP
GRE-231Plato and the Intellectual Revolution42004/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
GRE-201Plato and the Intellectual Revolution32008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
CLA-398Honors Thesis32008/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
CLA-268Career Exploration32007/JN, 2005/JN, and 2004/JN
CLA-399Honors Thesis32003/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
LAT-202Vergil's Aeneid22012/SP and 2010/SP
GRE-303Homer22009/FA and 2005/FA
CLA-107Classical America22008/JN and 2007/JN
LAT-375Latin Prose Composition22006/SP and 2000/SP
GRE-375Greek Prose Composition22005/SP and 2003/FA
LAT-231Reading Latin Literature22004/FA and 2002/FA
CLA-134Theatre of Greece and Rome22004/SP and 2000/SP
GRE-373Homer22004/SP and 2000/SP
GRE-232Greek New Testament22004/SP and 2002/SP
LAT-373Cicero and Sallust: The Fall of the Roman Republic22003/FA and 2001/FA
CLA-201Ancient Greek History and Culture12013/FA
LAT-201Reading Latin Literature12011/FA
GRE-102Greek II12006/SP
LAT-303Cicero and Sallust: The Fall of the Roman Republic12005/FA
LAT-104Medical Terminology12005/SP
LAT-372Horace and the Roman Poets12003/SP
CLA-112Great Books of the Greek and Roman World12003/SP
CLA-102Women in Classical Antiquity12002/JN
GRE-372Greek Tragedy12001/FA
LAT-371Livy: Foundation of the Roman Republic12000/FA
LAT-232Vergil's Aeneid12000/SP
CLA-105Black Persephone12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.