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Classics-English Major

Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Requirements: Normal requirements are between 9 and 12 units as follows:

  • Classical Language (Greek or Latin), including one block at the 300 level in one classical language (1 unit minimum)
  • Introduction to literary study and interpretation (2 units): English 250 (or Comparative Literature 210): Introduction to Literary Theory, and English 221: Introduction to Poetry
  • English courses at the 300 or 400 level covering at least two of the following five periods (2 units):
    • Medieval-Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare)
    • Shakespeare
    • 18th century
    • 19th century
    • 20th/21st centuries
  • At least two classics courses covering the genres of literature, drama, or mythology (2 units minimum)
  • The department of classics written and oral examination over the department’s reading list
  • Senior Thesis (2 units minimum): English 480 (1 unit, the 1-block senior seminar) plus either English 499 or Classics 431 (Independent Senior Thesis, 1 unit minimum). The senior thesis project is to be co-directed and co-evaluated by two faculty members, one from classics and one from English. It will be evaluated on the basis of its sophistication in the methodologies of both disciplines.

Total units required: 9-12.

Both departments also recommend study of a modern language to a level allowing literary reading.

Department: Classics