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Curriculum Overview

The Department of Classics provides instruction in Greek, Latin, ancient history and classical art and archaeology. Classics is an interdisciplinary area studies program, applying the approaches of humanists and social scientists to the history, art, language, literature, philosophy, religion, social structures, economy, everyday life and government of the ancient Mediterranean. Classics students learn how to weigh and assimilate information from a variety of media and disciplines in order to become productive and thoughtful citizens of a rapidly changing world.

Students majoring in “Classics” select one of two tracks, either “Classical Society” or “Classical Languages and Literatures,” depending on whether their interests in Greece and Rome incline more towards social scientific approaches or linguistic and literary studies. Students in both tracks share a common core of coursework that ensures familiarity with major disciplinary approaches contained in Classics. All students complete the major with a senior capstone seminar that draws on the range of interests and learning among our student majors toward the investigation of a topic that spans Greek and Roman cultures and the variety of disciplinary approaches applied to their study.

Coursework Required for a Major in Classics

Classical Languages and Literatures: 12 courses distributed as follows: 

9 courses in Greek and Latin (at least 3 courses must be taken in each language, i.e. to 201 or above depending on point of placement, and 2 courses must be at the 300 level)

2 courses from two of the three subject areas of History (CLS 113, 114), Archaeology (CLS 115, 117), Literature in English translation (CLS 230 and other CLS literature courses); 

1 senior capstone seminar (CLS 4XX)

Classical Society: 12 courses distributed as follows: 

1 introductory history course (CLS 113 or 114) 

1 introductory archaeology course (CLS 115 or 117)

3 courses in Greek or Latin, i.e. either language to the 201 level or from point of placement

1 200-level CLS literature course

3 electives in any 200-level (or above) GRK, LAT, CLS courses or other approved courses (e.g. in philosophy, political science, art history, religious studies)

2 300-level CLS courses

1 400-level senior capstone seminar (CLS 4XX)

A minor in Classics is earned by taking 6 courses, 4 of which must be in one of the three subject areas of Classics coursework, i.e. Greek (GRK), Latin (LAT), Archaeology and History (CLS). Only three 100-level courses may be counted toward the minor, and one course must be at the 300-level.

Sophomores who declare a major or minor in the Department of Classics are eligible to compete for the 2015 Departmental Summer Foreign Travel Award.

Majors in the Department of Classics have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Summer Program); College Year in Athens; Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome; Advanced Studies in England, Bath; Arcadia University in Greece; Poggio Colla Archaeological Field School, Tuscany, Italy; departmental summer programs in Italy and Greece. See the International Programs section of the Catalog for further information.