Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Apr 24, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classics, B.A.

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Requirements for the Major:

At least 12 courses in the department, consisting of:


  • At least four courses in one ancient language (Greek, Latin, or Biblical Hebrew).
  • Six to seven additional courses, which, depending on track, may be in Classics, Greek, Latin, and/or Biblical Hebrew. (Students who opt for a two-term senior thesis take 6 additional courses; students who opt for a one-term senior project take 7 additional courses.)
  • Either a senior project (1-term) or a senior thesis (2-terms). Both the project and thesis require a public performance or an oral examination.

Students are encouraged to study more than one ancient language. Students will, in consultation with the chair, choose their area of focus or track (e.g. ancient civilization, ancient history, ancient religion, classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, etc.). Students who intend to do graduate work in Classics should also consult the department chair about additional requirements for advanced study

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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