Classics Major: requirements
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The Latin track requires: (1) LATIN 1205 or 2201; (2) five courses in Latin numbered 2202 and above; (3) CLASS 2689/HIST 2689; and (4) two courses in other related subjects selected in consultation with the student's advisor. The courses in Latin must include at least three at the 3000-level. Click here for the form.
The Greek track requires: (1) Greek 2101; (2) five additional courses in Greek numbered 2102 or above; (3) CLASS 2675/HIST 2650; and (4) two courses in other related subjects selected in consultation with the student's advisor. The courses in Greek must include at least three at the 3000-level. Click here for the form.
Classics (combined Latin and Greek emphases)
The Classics track requires: (1) six courses in Greek and Latin numbered 2101 or above; (2) either CLASS 2675/HIST 2650 or CLASS 2689/HIST 2689; (3) CLASS 2801 or CLASS 2802 and (4) one further course in a related subjects selected in consultation with the student's advisor. Classics majors are required to take a minimum of two 3000-level courses in one language and one 3000-level course in the other. Click here for the form.
The classical civilization track requires: (1) CLASS 2801 - Theory and Methods in Classical Studies or CLASS 2802 - Classical Tradition, (2) CLASS 2700 - Introduction to Art History: The Classical World in 24 Objects, (3) one course in ancient history at 2000-level or above, (4) one further course in either ancient history or Greek and Roman material culture at 2000-level or above, (5) one course on ancient literature in translation at 2000-level or above, and (6) five additional courses in classical civilization, classical archaeology, ancient history, ancient philosophy, ancient Greek or Latin (at 2000-level or above), or related subjects, selected in consultation with the student's departmental advisor. Students are required to take at least three classes at 3000-level or above, and to take at least one class covering the period before the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE (i.e., on Bronze Age, Archaic or Classical Greek culture) and one class covering the period post-323 (i.e., on Hellenistic, Roman or Byzantine culture). Students are encouraged to take at least some courses in Greek and/or Latin, though this is not required. Click here for the form.
For all tracks, one course must yield a seminar paper whose minimum length is either 3000 words or 10 double-spaced pages in 12-point font, to be completed by the end of the first semester of your senior year and approved by the DUS. Please consult your advisor or the DUS for information on qualifying courses.
Classics is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the study of Mediterranean civilizations from the 15th century BCE to the sixth century CE. In addition to the required courses in Greek and Latin language and literature, the major includes related courses intended to give breadth and exposure to the other disciplines within the field and to enrich the student's study of the original languages and literature. Since the influence of the Greek and Roman world extended far beyond antiquity, a related course may focus on some aspect of the classical tradition in a later period. Students select related courses in consultation with their advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.