Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jun 22, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classics, B.A.

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Requirements for the Major:

At least 12 courses in the department following one of these patterns:

1. Classics (Greek and Latin) Track

2. Latin Track

3. Greek Track

4. Classical Civilization Track

5. Ancient History Track

6. Ancient Religion Track


All tracks include either a senior thesis (two terms) and a public performance or an oral examination based on the thesis; or a senior project on a major author or special topic (one term) and a public performance or comprehensive field examination. Students are strongly advised to take PHL 251 (150)  Ancient Philosophy. Students may substitute the following additional courses in Art History for CLS 134   (also AAH-200) Ancient Art & Architecture: AAH-100 Introduction to Art and Visual Culture; AAH 101 (201)  Introduction to Art History I (Prehistory to Romanesque); AAH 206   Introduction to the History of Architecture: The Renaissance Tradition, 15th-18th Centuries; AAH 223   The Nude; and AAH 309   The History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture. Those students who intend to do graduate work in Classics should consult the department chair for additional requirements.

Requirements for Honors in Classics:

To be eligible for departmental honors, the student must fulfill the following requirements:

1. A minimum index of 3.35 in departmental courses; completion of one language course at the 230-level or higher with a grade of “B plus” or better.

2. The student must achieve a grade of at least “A minus” on the senior thesis and present a distinctive performance in an oral examination based on the senior thesis. In addition, the student must satisfy College requirements for departmental honors.

Course Selection Guidelines

Course Numbering: Courses in ancient history, classical literature in translation, and ancient civilization have the prefix “CLS.” These courses, including all reading assignments, are conducted entirely in English, and have no pre-requisites. These courses serve as excellent options for students interested in exploring the ancient world, satisfying Common Curriculum (CC) requirements (HUL, LCC, WAC), or building clusters, minors, and majors.

Language Placement: Language courses have their own prefixes: Greek: GRK; and Latin: LAT. Because secondary programs vary, the department is happy to assist students find the proper course level. The department grants AP Latin credit if the student has scored a “4” or better. This credit may be counted toward the major or minor. We also consider IB and other transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.

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