The Classics Major
Our program is an area study with connections to programs and departments of anthropology, art and archeology, comparative literature, the performing arts, philosophy, political science, and religion. Its center is the study of languages and literature, available to students as a major with varying emphases and intensities.
A stringent major that might lead to graduate study in classics requires two years worth of work beyond the intermediate level in one language, preferably almost that much in the other, coverage of an extensive reading list and work (measured by the comprehensive examination) to establish historical, philosophical, and art-historical framework for the literature. Other students will spend less time on the languages (perhaps concentrating on one of them) and emphasize one or more non-classics program areas. The department will provide formal or informal colloquia to bring together the studies of advanced students and faculty. Distinction in Classics will be awarded for the theses of an excellence beyond the mere grade of A.
All students majoring in classics will:
- complete 7–14 units (including work at the 300 level or above in language) of courses in the department,
- pass comprehensive examinations including reading in at least one classical language, and
- present senior theses or the equivalent.
The department will provide formal or informal colloquia to bring together the studies of advanced students and faculty. Distinction in Classics will be awarded for the theses and coursework of an excellence beyond a mere A-range grade.
Requirements of the Departmental Minor in Classics
Students minoring in Classics will complete 5-6 units:
1. Latin or Greek for Beginners. (Or, if a student places out of Latin or Greek for Beginners, at least one other Classics elective in addition to the requirements below.)
2. One unit of Latin or Greek at the Intermediate level.
3. One unit of Latin or Greek at the Advanced level.
4. Two Classics electives (either language courses, or in translation).
5. A paper or project, normally submitted in a 300-level course considered as a capstone for the minor (e.g. Advanced Greek or Latin), which should draw on the student’s whole Classical studies experience.