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Classics

Undergraduate Requirements

For a Major in Classics

The major in classics involves a program in both Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and in Greek and Roman civilization. Students generally emphasize the study of one of the languages (the primary language), but significant study of the other (secondary) language is required as well.

The major requires a minimum of 34 points and must include the following:

  1. Primary Language Courses (20 points)
    • Courses at the 1100- level are not counted.
    • Summer courses 1221 are counted as four credits for the purposes of major requirements.
    • At least five courses at the 3000- or 4000- level, including V3996 Majors seminar and two of the following: W4139 Elements of prose style, W4105-W4106 The survey of the literature, and V3998 The senior essay.
  2. Secondary Language Courses (8 points)
    • Courses at the 1100- level are not counted.
  3. Ancient History Courses (6 points)
    • Two courses:
      • At least one of these courses must be taken in the pertinent civilization (i.e., Roman history if the primary language is Latin).
      • One appropriate course of a historical nature chosen from the classical civilization courses in the Department of Classics or from offerings in the Programs or Departments of Ancient Studies, Art History and Archaeology, History, Philosophy, or Religion may be substituted for 3 points of this requirement. All substitutions must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

The classical languages follow a standard track of elementary (1100-level) and intermediate (1200-level) levels, followed by 3000- and 4000-level classes that may generally be taken in any order, although students are strongly encouraged to take LATN V3012 after completing LATN V1202.

Although it is easier to complete the major if at least one classical language is begun no later than the first year, it is possible to begin one classical language in the sophomore year and the other in the junior year and still complete the major.

Those planning to go on to graduate study in classics are urged to take both terms of W4105-W4106 if possible, to write a senior research thesis, and to acquire a reading knowledge of German and preferably also of French. (Italian is also useful.)

To be eligible for departmental honors and prizes, students must take V3998.

For a Track in Classical Studies

The track in classical studies requires a minimum of 35 points and must include the following:

  1. Primary Language Courses (20 points)
    • V1101 is not counted, but V1102 and V1121 are counted towards the track requirements.
    • Summer courses 1221/1221 are counted as four credits for the purposes of major requirements.
    • V3996 Majors seminar (3 points)
  2. Ancient History and Culture Courses (12 points)
    • Relevant courses are offered by the Department of Classics or from offerings in the Programs or Departments of Ancient Studies, Art History and Archaeology, History, Philosophy, or Religion. Students in doubt about a course's relevance should confirm it with the director of undergraduate studies as soon as possible.
  3. Research Paper (at 3998- level) on a chosen aspect of Greek or Roman civilization under the direction of a faculty member (3 points)

For a Major in Ancient Studies

Students interested in a major in ancient studies should see Ancient Studies in this bulletin.

Students interested in a major in ancient studies should see the Ancient Studies Program listing.

For a Concentration in Classics

The concentration in classics is designed for those who cannot fit the complete major into their undergraduate schedule, but still wish to take a substantial program in Greek and Latin. It requires a minimum of 24 points and must include the following:

  1. Primary Language Courses (17 points)
    • Courses at the 1100 level are not counted.
    • At least three courses at the 3000- or 4000- level, one of which must be either W4139 Elements of prose style, W4105 The survey of the literature, or W4106 The survey of the literature.
  2. Secondary Language Courses (4 points)
    • V1101 is not counted, but V1102 or V1121 is counted towards the concentration.
  3. Ancient History or Classical Civilization Course (3 points)

For a Special Concentration in Modern Greek Studies

The special concentration in Modern Greek studies is designed for students who wish to combine the study of Modern Greek with a major or regular concentration. It requires a minimum of 24 points and must include the folllowing:

  1. Language Courses (at least 15 points)
    • Four or five modern Greek courses to be taken above the 1202- level
    • GRKM V3998 Senior research seminar to be completed under the supervision of a staff member
  2. Two additional courses to be taken in related fields, including (but not limited to) comparative literature, classics, history, anthropology, political science, architecture, and sociology. These courses are to be chosen in consultation with the adviser and should conform to the student’s overall course of studies (6-8 points)