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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Learning Outcomes

classical studies

Classics majors are expected to develop mastery in three broad areas:

  • Linguistic knowledge and skills: Students will possess advanced proficiency in at least one ancient language (Greek or Latin) and, preferably, intermediate proficiency in the other.
  • Critical and interpretative skills: Students will be able to analyze critical or interpretative paper and compose interpretative arguments that pursue a thesis and engage with both primary and secondary materials.
  • Knowledge of the ancient world: Students will exhibit competence in at least two major content areas: a) techniques of literary analysis; b) techniques of artistic analysis; c) the broad outlines of ancient political history, Greek or Roman; d) special problems in ancient social and/or cultural history, e.g. law, religion, philosophy, economy, gender studies.

Upon completion of the M.A. graduates should be able to:

  • Translate without any dictionary as aid passages in Greek and Latin from a comprehensive reading list.
  • Describe the significance of an ancient text to other works by the same author.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of ancient texts or passages to broader developments in the literature and history of Greece and Rome.
  • Incorporate research written in one modern foreign language into analysis and interpretation of ancient texts.
  • Prepare seminar research papers using relevant literature (ancient and modern) and appropriate research methods.
  • Present seminar and other research papers in classroom or conference settings.
  • Teach ancient languages in secondary schools.
  • Apply for admission to Ph.D. programs in Classical Philology or Ancient History.