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Bachelor of Arts in Classics


There are three separate tracks in the classics major. Philology (Track A) is devoted to ancient languages and their associated literatures in the original languages (Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin). Classical Civilization (Track B) focuses on ancient history, literature in translation, and archaeology. Classical Tradition (Track C) explores the legacy of antiquity from the European Middle Ages to the contemporary world. Please note that for Tracks B and C, students must complete study of either Greek or Latin to at least the intermediate level.

Each track requires 10 courses (30 hours), and at least two of these courses must be at the 300 level. For students who elect to complete their junior and senior year SAGES requirements in classics, two additional courses (6 hours) are required, CLSC 320 Departmental Seminar: Alexander the Great and CLSC 381 Classics Senior Capstone. (CLSC 320 may count as one of the classics 300-level courses, provided the student takes his or her junior SAGES requirements outside of classics.)

In the Philology Concentration (Track A), students can earn one of three degrees: BA in Classics: Greek; BA in Classics: Latin; or BA in Classics: Greek and Latin. Students in Track A are required to take CLSC 231 Greek Civilization and CLSC 232 Roman Civilization, then any combination of eight GREK or LATN courses, at least two of which (6 hours) must be at the 300-level. To receive the BA in Classics: Greek and Latin, students must complete at least one year of their second language.

In the Classical Civilization Concentration (Track B), students are required to take CLSC 231 Greek Civilization and CLSC 232 Roman Civilization; at least one 200-level or higher GREK or LATN course (for most students, this will mean taking GREK or LATN 101, 102 and 201); and any combination of GREK, LATN, or CLSC courses to bring their course total to 10 (30 hours), at least two of which must be at the 300 level. The elective CLSC courses should consist of courses that focus on the period before the 6th century of the Common Era and not the Classical Tradition (Track C).

In the Classical Tradition Concentration (Track C), students are required to take and and at least one course in Greek or Latin at the intermediate level or higher. (Students who enter the program without any Greek or Latin are required to take the introductory sequence in either language.) The department offers four 200-level courses in Classical Tradition, focusing respectively on the Renaissance and Baroque, the Enlightenment, Architecture and Urbanism from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, and Classics in Film (see list below). Students are required to take at least two of these courses.

Students in the Classical Tradition Concentration must take two of the following four 200-level courses: 6 credit hours
Art & Literature in the Classical Tradition, Pt 1: Renaissance and Baroque (14th to 17th centuries)
Building on Antiquity
Classical Tradition 2: Birth of Archaeology
Sword and Sandal: The Classics in Film
Students must take at least one course at the 300 level from the following list: 3 credit hours
Rome: City and Image
CLSC 313/COGS 318
Thinking Communication in Ancient and Medieval Literature
CLSC 323/WLIT 423
Inspiration: The Topic of Creativity in Art and Literature–Ancient to Medieval
CLSC 324/WLIT 424
Epic: The Sublime and Terrible in Literature
Seminar in Enlightenment Art and Literature: Piranesi and Vico

Keeping in mind that the student should have at least two 300-level courses out of ten, the remaining courses (two to four, depending on whether the student is required to take the beginning language sequence) may be chosen from the above lists or, subject to advisor’s approval, from the classics, Greek or Latin courses in general.


Study in Related Fields

Each student completing the classics major is strongly advised to choose a related minor, selected in consultation with and approved by the departmental advisor, in such closely related fields as anthropology, art history, philosophy, comparative literature, history, theater or English. The association between the department and the World Literature Program is especially close.


Departmental Honors

Departmental honors are given to students who earn the grade of A for their senior dissertation in CLSC 382 Senior Honors Thesis and maintain a GPA in the major of 3.5.


Preparation for Graduate School

For students who intend to pursue classics on a professional basis in graduate school, we recommend a balance of three years in one language and two in the other, plus four to six additional courses (this could be satisfied by a minor in one of the other track or a related field such as art history), and our Honors Program.


What Courses are Recommended for First-Year Students?

All first-year students interested in classics are strongly recommended to take CLSC 231 (Greek Civilization) and CLSC 232 (Roman Civilization) and to start the GREK 101-102 and/or Latin 101-102 sequence. Students may then chose from any of the other courses that look interesting.

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