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.
A student may major in Greek, in Latin or in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
A major in Greek consists of six courses above GRK 102, two Latin courses, CLS 113, and CLS 115 or CLS 117. For consideration for departmental honors, successful completion of LAT 202 is ordinarily required of those who major in Greek.
A major in Latin consists of six courses above LAT 102, two Greek courses, CLS 114, and CLS 115 or CLS 117. For consideration for departmental honors, successful completion of GRK 202 is ordinarily required of those who major in Latin.
A major in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History consists of 12 courses. The required courses are CLS 113, 114, 230 or other approved course, 115 or 117, and a two- semester sequence of either ancient Greek or Latin. In addition, each student must take a total of three 400-level seminars in ancient archaeology and in ancient history, taking either two in archaeology or two in history. The remaining three required courses may be selected from among the offerings in the Classics department including Greek and Latin and, with the approval of the Classics department, from among courses such as ancient philosophy and classical political theory offered by other departments. For consideration for departmental honors in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, successful completion of LAT 202 or GRK 202 is ordinarily required.
The writing requirement in the Classics majors is met by completing the courses required for the majors.
A student in Classics may minor in Greek or Latin or in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.
Majors in the Department of Classics have studied abroad in the following programs in recent years: IES Liberal Arts & Business, Barcelona; IFSA Butler, Royal Holloway, University of London; College Year in Athens; Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome; Sarah Lawrence College, Florence; Advanced Studies in England, Bath; DIS, Psychology & Child Development, Copenhagen; American University in Cairo; 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.