Majors

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Ancient Greek | Latin | Combined Ancient Greek and Latin | Classical Archaeology | Classical Civilization

The study of Greek and Latin forms the core of all the majors. Three of the majors, Greek, Latin, and the combined major in Greek and Latin focus on the study of the classical languages and literatures in their original form. The major in Classical Archaeology focuses on the material culture of the ancient world, its art and archaeology. Courses offered cover the archaeology of Greece and the Aegean, Rome and its empire, the Mediterranean in the Bronze and early Iron Ages, Anatolia, Egypt, the Ancient Near East (Turkey, Syria-Palestine, and Mesopotamia), and Byzantium. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary major in Archaeology. The major in Classical Civilization provides the student with a broad perspective on the classical world through the study of its literature, art and society. Courses offered are very diverse, covering a wide range of material, including Classical Mythology, the Age of Pericles, Epic and Tragedy, the Romans, Women of Greece and Rome, and Technology and Culture in the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greek

Core Requirements

  • CLAS 391
  • HIST 225 or a course numbered 400 or above in Greek history
  • GREK 204 or 205
  • Five additional courses in Greek above GREK 205 (includes CLAS 691H and 692H for honors students)

Additional Requirements

  • GREK 101, 102, and 203

The goal of the concentration in Greek is the development of a basic command of the language and a solid knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Greeks. Students interested in an undergraduate major in Greek or in a combined major in Greek and Latin should consult the Department of Classics by the second semester of the sophomore year.

Latin

Core Requirements

  • CLAS 391
  • HIST 226 or a course numbered 400 or above in Roman history
  • LATN 204 or 205
  • Six additional courses in Latin above LATN 205 (includes CLAS 691H and 692H for honors students)

Additional Requirements

  • LATN 101, 102, and 203

The goal of the concentration in Latin is the development of a basic command of the language and a solid knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Romans. Students interested in an undergraduate major in Latin or a combined major in Latin and Greek should consult the department by the second semester of the sophomore year.

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Combined Ancient Greek and Latin

Core Requirements

Greek Emphasis

  • Five Greek courses above GREK 205
  • Three Latin courses above LATN 205
  • CLAS 391
  • HIST 225 or 226

Latin Emphasis

  • LATN 221
  • Four additional Latin courses above LATN 205
  • Three Greek courses above GREK 205
  • CLAS 391
  • HIST 225 or 226

This is not a double major, but a concentration designed to develop facility in both ancient languages and in the literatures of both Greece and Rome. This program is recommended for students who have a strong interest in continuing Classical languages at the graduate level. In this major students emphasize one language yet acquire facility in the other.

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Classical Archaeology

Core Requirements

  • CLAR 244, and 245 or 247
  • CLAR 411 or ANTH 220
  • CLAS 391
  • Four additional courses in classical archaeology, including two numbered between 400 and 699 (CLAS 691H and 692H can be used to satisfy this requirement, but CLAR 120 cannot)
  • HIST 225 or 226

Additional Requirements

  • GREK or LATN up to 204 or 205

This concentration focuses on the material remains of prehistoric and classical antiquity, while also providing a background in civilization, history, and at least one classical language. The program of study is designed to give students a basic knowledge of the art and architecture of the Greeks and Romans and to introduce them to the use of archaeology in the reconstruction of the past, including Egypt and the ancient Near East. Majors in classical archaeology may not elect a minor in the classical language that they use to satisfy their major requirements, although they may elect a minor in the other classical language. Students interested in majoring in classical archaeology should consult the department as early as possible.

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Classical Civilization

Core Requirements

  • CLAS 121 and 122
  • CLAS 391
  • One GREK or LATN course numbered 204 or higher, except LATN 212
  • One of the three following courses: CLAR 244, 245, 247
  • Four additional courses chosen from the following list: any CLAR or CLAS course at the 200 level or above; any GREK or LATN course numbered 221 or higher; courses in ancient history at the 200 level or above (HIST 225, 226, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 427, 428); courses in ancient philosophy at the 200 level or above (PHIL 210, 411, 412)

Additional Requirements

  • GREK or LATN 101, 102, and 203

This major is designed to provide students with a broad, basic knowledge of the classical world, and with skills in analysis, written and oral communication, and logical argument that will be applicable in any profession. The civilization program is not designed to lead to graduate work in Classics, although students do sometimes go on in the field, and it is often taken as part of a double major. Majors in classical civilization may not elect a minor in the classical language that they use to satisfy their major requirements, although they may elect a minor in the other classical language. Students considering a major in classical civilization should consult the department as soon as possible.

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