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2016-2017 Course Catalog

Required for the classics major

Students may elect to fulfill the requirements of the classics major by concentrating in (I) classical languages and literatures or (II) classical civilization, depending on their intellectual interests and postgraduate plans.

  1. Classical Languages and Literatures
    1. The introductory/intermediate sequences in both Latin and Greek (CLAS 120-220 and CLAS 125-225), or their equivalents.
    2. Six courses (36 units) at the 300-, 400-, or 500-level in Latin and Greek literature. At least four of these courses (24 units) must be taken at the 400- or 500-level. The following courses fulfill this requirement:
      • In Latin: CLAS 301/401, 302/402, 303/403, 304/404, 306/406, 307/407, 308/408
      • In Greek: CLAS 321/421, 322/422, 323/423, 324/424, 326/426, 327/427, 328/428
      • In Latin and Greek: CLAS 545
    3. Two courses (12 units) in classical civilization or Greek and Roman history. The following courses fulfill this requirement:
      • In classical civilization: CLAS 101, 250, 260, 305, 363, 370
      • In Greek and Roman history: CLAS 150, 160, 280, 300, 310.
    4. Senior Experience
  2. Classical Civilization
    1. The introductory/intermediate sequence in either Latin or Greek (CLAS 120-220 or CLAS 125-225), or its equivalent.
    2. Two courses (12 units) at the 300- or 400-level in the literature of the target language. The following courses fulfill this requirement:
      • In Latin: CLAS 301/401, 302/402, 303/403, 304/404, 306/406, 307/407, 308/408
      • In Greek: CLAS 321/421, 322/422, 323/423, 324/424, 326/426, 327/427, 328/428
    3. Two courses (12 units) in classical civilization. The following courses fulfill this requirement: CLAS 101, 250, 260, 305, 363, 370.
    4. Two courses (12 units) in Greek and Roman history. The following courses fulfill this requirement: CLAS 150, 160, 280, 300, 310.
    5. Four additional courses (24 units) in classics or related fields. Up to two of these courses (12 units) may be chosen from the following list of courses originating in other departments:
      • ANTH 324 (CLAS 365)
      • ANTH 328 (CLAS 368)
      • ARHI 200 (CLAS 340)
      • ARHI 202 (CLAS 345)
      • ARHI 204 (CLAS 350)
      • ARHI 400 (CLAS 540)
      • ENG 285
      • ENG 527
      • HIST 105
      • PHIL 200
      • RLST 150
      • RLST 290
      • RLST 316 (CLAS 315)
    6. Senior Experience

Required for the Greek and Latin minors

  1. CLAS 120 and 220 or CLAS 125 and 225 (or their equivalents), as appropriate to the target language.
  2. At least four courses (24 units) at the 300- or 400-level in the target language and literature. At least two of these courses (12 units) must be taken at the 400-level.
  3. C average in the minor.

Required for the classical civilization minor

  1. Two courses (12 units) in classical civilization. The following courses fulfill this requirement: CLAS 101, 250, 260, 305, 363, 370.
  2. Two courses (12 units) in Greek and Roman history. The following courses fulfill this requirement: CLAS 150, 160, 280, 300, 310.
  3. Two additional courses (12 units) selected from courses taught within the Classics Department.

International Study

The undergraduate classics programs at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS-Rome), the American University of Rome (ISA Rome), and the College Year in Athens (CYA) are affiliated and approved options for study abroad in classics. Consult the department chair for more details.

Language requirement

Students may fulfill the university’s humanities requirement by taking any course in classical civilization or ancient history taught in English, or any 300-, 400-, or 500-level course in Latin or Greek literature.

Senior Experience in Classics

For students in both concentrations, the major culminates in the Senior Experience in classics, a self-designed project that enables each student to explore a topic of individual interest within the field. The Senior Experience in classics may be fulfilled in a variety of ways, in consultation with the department faculty. Scholarly, pedagogical, creative, and experiential projects are all viable options. Past Senior Experience projects have included: research papers on topics ranging from the interaction of speech and identity in Homer's Iliad to Hannibal's military strategy in Italy during the Second Punic War; choreographing and staging a mixed-media performance that combined dance with the recitation of passages of Greek and Roman lyric poetry; developing a complete syllabus and lesson plans for an introductory course in Latin at the high school level; designing a stage set and lighting for a production of Euripides' Medea; and using computer rendering software to create an explorable three-dimensional model of the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassai in Greece. Other possible experiences might include delivering a scholarly paper at a conference or as part of Classics Week, or working at relevant archaeological sites in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea region. For projects that take place off-campus, an on-campus oral presentation is also required.

Classics majors are required to declare a topic and choose an advisor for their senior experience project no later than the Midterm Reading Period of the Spring Term before their senior year. The due date for the final version of the project will be determined in consultation with the advisor but should normally be no later than the Midterm Reading Period of the Winter Term of the student’s senior year.

Students pursuing double majors, double degrees, and/or 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.

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