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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Classical Languages

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Classics Majors

The Department of Classics offers 2 majors. Both provide students of diverse career goals a broad humane education and afford a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate work in classics. The Classical Antiquity major provides inclusive, interdisciplinary training in ancient Greek and Roman cultures and prepares you for graduate study in ancient archaeology, art, or history. The Classical Languages major trains you to read the great authors of classical antiquity (e.g., Homer, Plato, Vergil, Sappho, Saint Augustine) in the original language and prepares you for graduate study in classics and for teaching in some private schools.

You might also combine your classical language interest with a degree in the School of Education. A degree in education with a Latin major allows you to teach Latin in public high schools.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Potential classics majors should keep in mind that proficiency in Greek or Latin is required; they need to enroll in GRK 104 or LAT 104 as early as possible. For students with no former training, proficiency takes 4 semesters; Classical Languages majors need additional language courses. Other courses to consider taking during the first or second year include CLSX 148, CLSX 151, CLSX 230, CLSX 240, CLSX 317, or the honors versions of those courses. As soon as the student decides that classics is a possible major, he or she should talk to an undergraduate adviser in classics.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major: Classical Languages

The Classical Languages major consists of 27 hours of work in classics and related courses, beyond these 4 preliminary requirements: LAT 104, LAT 108, GRK 104, and GRK 108. Students who have already taken the equivalents of those courses proceed to the next level. Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the chair to substitute electives for one of the languages. This major requires at least 15 hours in language courses starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301, 3 hours in ancient art and archaeology, 3 hours in ancient history, and 6 hours in electives. Students aiming for graduate school in classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible—at the least, 3 years of one ancient language and 2 years of the other.

1 course must be chosen from the history area (3 hours):

1 course must be chosen from the ancient art and archaeology area (3 hours):

  • CLSX 317 Greek and Roman Art
  • CLSX 525 Aegean Archaeology and Art
  • CLSX 526 Greek Archaeology and Art
  • CLSX 527 Roman Archaeology and Art
  • CLSX 529 Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
  • CLSX 577 Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: _____*
  • HWC 600/HA 600 Biography of a City: any ancient Mediterranean city
  • Other courses may be accepted, but require written permission from the chair.

2 courses must be chosen from these electives (6 hours):

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