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Major

classical studies

Assistant Professor Gail Hoffman teaching class
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Requirements

The major in Classics requires 30 credits (usually ten courses), under three headings:

  • Nine credits (three courses) in Latin and/or Greek, in any combination, at the advanced (300) level.
  • Nine credits (three courses) in the area of ancient civilization and culture (readings in English). Recommended in particular are Classical Mythology and the sequences in Greek and Roman Civilization or Greek and Roman History.
  • Twelve credits (four courses) consisting of any course the department offers, except for elementary Latin (CLAS1010/1011) and modern Greek (CLAS1060/1061, 1070/1071).

Note: A student may, with departmental permission, substitute one advanced reading course in Latin or Greek for one of the required courses in ancient civilization and culture. Elementary Ancient Greek can count towards the major (as three of the twelve credits) but elementary Latin may not.

Placement

Incoming students should seek departmental advice on placement in language courses. If you have studied Latin in high school, it may, depending on the extent of your preparation, be appropriate to start college either at the intermediate or at the advanced level. The right choice is highly individual. If you want to study both Latin and Greek, it is advisable to begin Greek no later than the second year, presuming that you already have some Latin.

Course Availability

Courses at the intermediate level in Latin and Greek are taught every semester. At the advanced level two courses in Latin authors and one course in a Greek author are typically offered each term. These can sometimes be supplemented by independent projects, depending on faculty availability to supervise them. In the area of civilization courses, i.e., those whose reading is in English translation, three or four are usually taught each term.