Classics Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

The major in classics offers students three paths of study. Although no previous knowledge of Latin or Greek is required, all students are required to achieve competence in one of these ancient languages in order to work with primary sources in the original. Some may choose to complete advanced work in both languages.

With concentrations in Latin, Greek, or both languages, the major requirements allow some flexibility. Classics majors develop familiarity with the broad sweep of ancient history and literature and key analytical skills necessary to examine the record of Greek and Roman culture. They complete a demanding and distinctive course of study that stresses the development of important intellectual sensibilities—close reading, analytical clarity, thorough research, evaluation of evidence, logical analysis, effective writing, appreciation of nuance and subtleties, historical variability, and cultural differences. All majors complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member in a small 1-quarter seminar. Seniors pursuing honors will undertake an additional 2 quarters of research.

Each of the three tracks—Greek and Latin, Latin, or Greek—requires a minimum of 12 courses beyond the language prerequisites.

All majors are required to undertake a research project in connection with CLASSICS 395-0 Research Seminar. Topics vary from year to year. Instruction will be included in the use of traditional as well as digital research tools. Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to substitute research conducted for a study abroad program.

Greek and Latin Concentration

Course Title
Major Requirements: Greek and Latin Concentration (12 units)
Prerequisites: 1
Introduction to Greek Literature
and Elementary Latin
Introduction to Latin Literature
and Elementary Greek
3 foundation courses in the first language (Greek or Latin) at the 201-3 level or above
3 foundation courses in the second language (Greek or Latin) at the 200 or 300 level
6 additional courses:
Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization
Rome: Culture and Empire
Research Seminar
3 additional Greek, Latin, or classics courses, at least 2 of which must be at the 300 level or above (may include 1 classical traditions course with consent of the director of undergraduate studies) 2

Latin Concentration

Course Title
Major Requirements: Latin Concentration (12 units)
Prerequisite:
Introduction to Latin Literature 1
3 language foundation courses in Latin:
Introduction to Latin Literature
and/or courses at the 300 level, depending on placement
9 additional courses:
Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization
Rome: Culture and Empire
Research Seminar
6 additional Latin, Greek, or classics courses, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above (may include Greek language courses at any level and up to 2 classical traditions courses with consent of the director of undergraduate studies) 2

Greek Concentration

Course Title
Major Requirements: Greek Concentration (12 units)
Prerequisites:
Introduction to Greek Literature 1
3 language foundation courses in Greek:
Introduction to Greek Literature
and/or courses at the 300 level, depending on placement
9 Additional Courses:
Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization
Rome: Culture and Empire
Research Seminar
6 additional Greek, Latin, or classics courses, at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level or above (may include Latin language courses at any level and up to 2 classical traditions courses with consent of the director of undergraduate studies) 2

Honors in Classics

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should speak with the department’s honors coordinator during spring quarter of junior year. They should come with ideas about a topic for honors work and the name of a faculty member with whom they propose to work. (Interested students completing a junior year abroad should be in contact with their intended faculty advisers during spring quarter of junior year.) By the end of reading week of spring quarter, they must submit to the honors coordinator a short research proposal supported by a preliminary bibliography. During senior year students should enroll in 2 quarters of CLASSICS 399-0 Independent Study, which may count toward the major, and complete a senior thesis.

Students whose theses and grades meet department criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information consult the department website or the director of undergraduate studies, and see Honors in the Major.