Classical Studies Majors and Minors
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When Can I Study Abroad?
Classical Studies majors are eligible to study abroad during either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. For students who plan ahead, it may be possible to study abroad for an entire academic year, but students must be in early contact with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
What Classes Should I Take Before Studying Abroad?
Early planning is essential to make sure that students will meet all BC requirements, and to ensure that they will have a strong Classical Studies background for study abroad. Since most international education systems require a higher degree of specialization at an earlier level, this strong background will allow students to take advantage of the best offerings at the host institution, including upper-level seminars.
Ideally, all Classical Studies majors should take at least one advanced language course before studying abroad.
All Classical Studies majors must meet with their departmental advisor before studying abroad. Prior to this meeting, students should obtain their degree audits and map out a tentative schedule for the semester(s) abroad and for the remaining time on campus at Boston College to show how students plan to meet the remaining major requirements.
What Classes Should I Plan To Take Abroad?
The ideal type of course is one that fits with the Classical Studies major but is not available at BC. Courses that focus on the material culture of the region in which students are studying and those that reflect the academic strengths of the host university department are highly recommended.
To receive major credit for courses taken abroad, students must provide a course syllabus and obtain approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Kendra Eshleman.
Classical Studies students should remember that the department must approve the number of courses to be taken abroad.
What If I Am Planning To Do A Thesis?
In recent years, many students have used their experiences abroad to help generate or supplement a compelling thesis. For some Classical Studies majors who already have a topic in mind, studying abroad provides an excellent opportunity to conduct on-site research and establish contact with faculty at the host institution. All students are strongly encouraged to think about how their semester or year abroad can be integrated into a thesis.
Students who are planning to do a thesis are strongly urged to plan ahead. Students are advised to think about a thesis topic and identify a BC faculty member willing to supervise their work and to maintain e-mail contact with their thesis advisor while abroad. Students should discuss whether or not they need to take a specific course while abroad.