Please note: The information displayed here is current as of Friday, December 3, 2021, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

2021-2022 Course Catalog

Required for the major in classics

The major in Classics is currently being restructured, with a revised set of requirements that will take effect beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. Students may not declare a new major in Classics during the 2021-22 academic year. Current students who have already declared a major in Classics may continue under the requirements listed in their course catalog of record (typically the catalog for their matriculation year). 

Senior Experience in classics

Note: The following information is intended solely for those students who are planning to complete a major in Classics during the 2021-22 academic year, or who are planning to complete the major under the requirements listed in their course catalog of record (typically the catalog for their matriculation year). As noted above, the Classics major is currently being restructured, with a revised set of requirements, including changes to the Senior Experience in Classics, that will take effect beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. 

The Senior Experience in Classics consists of 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 Bassae 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.

The Senior Experience in Classics requires 6 units of independent study. 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.

Required for the minor in Greek or Latin

The minors in Greek and Latin are suspended. Entering students may not declare a minor in Greek or Latin during the 2021-22 academic year. Current students who have already declared a minor in Greek or Latin, or who will meet the requirements for this minor by the end of the 2021-22 academic year, may complete the minor under the requirements listed in their course catalog of record (typically the catalog for their matriculation year).

Required for the minor in classical civilization

  1. Any four courses in classical civilization or ancient history (Greek and/or Roman). The following courses fulfill this requirement:
    1. CLAS 101: Introduction to Classics
    2. CLAS 150: Survey of Greek History
    3. CLAS 160: Survey of Roman History
    4. CLAS 250: Classical Mythology
    5. CLAS 260: Ancient Voices: Classical Literature in Translation
    6. CLAS 280: Warfare in Classical Antiquity
    7. CLAS 300: Periclean Athens
    8. CLAS 305: The Fall of the Roman Republic
    9. CLAS 310: Augustan Rome
    10. CLAS 363: Laughter and Pain: Greek and Roman Drama in Translation
    11. CLAS 370: War and Humanity: Greek and Roman Epic in Translation
  2. Two additional courses in classics (CLAS).

Teacher certification in Latin (K-12)

Current Classics majors who matriculated prior to the 2021-22 academic year can seek certification to teach Latin at the elementary and secondary levels. Students can add an endorsement in a second area (such as another language or English as a second language) by completing the appropriate minor. Students who plan to seek teacher certification should review the requirements in the Education section of the catalog and meet with the director of teacher education, preferably before the end of the sophomore year.

Language competency general education requirement

Students may fulfill the university’s language competency requirement by taking Latin or Greek at the intermediate level (CLAS 220 or CLAS 225) or any 300-, 400-, or 500-level course in Latin or Greek literature. During the 2021-22 academic year, the following courses will fulfill this requirement:

  • CLAS 303: Catullus and Horace
  • CLAS 403: Catullus and Horace
  • CLAS 306: The Roman Novel
  • CLAS 406: The Roman Novel

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.