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Classics is a quintessentially interdisciplinary field of intellectual inquiry and academic endeavor. The program of the classics department emphasizes both ancient history and the careful reading and critical study of selected Greek and Latin texts, together with formal study of the languages themselves, as a basis for further study of classical literature, art, history, linguistics, mythology, culture, and civilization.
The classics department accordingly offers three related but distinct concentrations. The traditional concentration in classical languages and literatures produces potential scholars well trained in classical philology and Greek and Latin literature, and also prepares students for teaching certification in Latin. The concentration in classical civilization combines a modicum of Greek or Latin with the study of classical culture, ancient history, and Greek and Roman art for students who wish to engage with the classical world as broadly as possible. The concentration in classical linguistics is designed for students of a more scientific bent who wish to acquire a working knowledge of Greek and Latin at the same time as they undertake the formal, rigorous study of language science.
Required for the classics major
Students may elect to fulfill the requirements of their classics major by concentrating in classical languages and literatures (I), classical civilization (II), or classical linguistics (III), depending on their intellectual interests and postgraduate plans.
- Classical Languages and Literatures
CLAS 110 and 225 or their equivalents, plus 42 units from advanced courses, tutorials, or independent studies in Greek and/or Latin. Students who anticipate doing graduate work in classics should choose this concentration.
- Classical Civilization
- CLAS 110 or 225, or its equivalent
- Two courses from each of the following three sets of courses:
- CLAS 150, 160, 280, 300, 310, 510
- CLAS 235, 250, 260, 275, 315, PHIL 200
- CLAS 340, 345, 350, 365, 368, 540
- 18 additional units selected from courses listed in section 2 and/or from other courses or tutorials in classics.
- Classical Linguistics
CLAS 110 and 225 or their equivalents, and LING 150, plus 18 units from advanced courses or tutorials in classical languages and literatures and 18 additional units from courses or tutorials in linguistics (LING 320, 340, and 380 are especially recommended).
Required for the Greek and Latin minors
- Greek: 30 units from language and literature courses plus a six-unit tutorial in the history of Greek literature
Latin: 30 units from language and literature courses plus a six- unit tutorial in the history of Latin literature
- C average in the minor
The curriculum at the “Centro” in Rome is considered to be virtually an integral part of the classics department’s program (see Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome). The classics programs at the American University of Rome and the College Year in Athens are also affiliated and approved options for study abroad in classics. Consult the department chair for more details.
Foreign language requirement
Students may fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement in Latin by taking CLAS 230: Introduction to Latin Literature or any 400-level Latin literature course (prerequisites: CLAS110 or 230, Intermediate Latin and Introduction to Latin Literature respectively), or in Greek by taking CLAS 225: Intermediate Greek Reading (prerequisite: CLAS 125: Intensive Elementary Greek) or any 400-level Greek literature course.
Students may fulfill the university’s humanities requirement by taking any classics course taught in English, CLAS 230, or any 400-level course in Greek or Latin literature.
Senior Experience in Classics
The Senior Experience in the Department of Classics may be fulfilled in a variety of ways, in consultation with the department chair and the student's advisor. Scholarly, pedagogical, creative, and experiential projects are all viable options. Possible experiences include: writing and defending a senior thesis; delivering a scholarly paper at a conference or as part of Classics Week; staging a production of a Greek or Roman play; developing a complete syllabus and teaching a sample class for a course in Latin or Greek at the secondary level; or working at relevant archaeological sites in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea region. For Senior Experiences that take place off-campus, a formal oral presentation will also be required.
Students pursuing double majors, double degrees, and education certification, are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and department chairs to plan and negotiate their overall senior experience as early as possible, especially if they are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary capstone that integrates their interests in both majors, or combines their student teaching with a project in their major.