Classics Major | Classics Minor
General Distribution Requirement
All regular courses in the Classics department count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities except for elementary and intermediate language courses and CLAS 160. CLAS 160 counts toward the fine arts general distribution requirement.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The classics department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the classics department are available from the department office, on the department website, or from the Director of Academic Programs.
Policy on Arabic, Greek, Hebrew and Latin Language Grades
In order to be accepted into the next higher language course in the Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin sequences, a student must have received a grade of C– or higher in the previous course. For additional information regarding the language requirement, see the College requirements.
CLAS 194, CLAS 294, CLAS 394, CLAS 494
Occasional and often experimental courses focusing on special topics of interest to faculty and students. Recent offerings have included Ancient and Modern Comedy; Early Arabic Literature and History; Ancient Rome in Popular Culture; Egyptian Art and Culture; and Polis and People: Civic Space and Citizenship. To be announced at registration. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
Students earn a major in classics by choosing among three tracks: Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology or Classical Languages. Students should work carefully with their selected advisor to choose a track and a list of courses that match their interests and goals, but suggestions and guidelines can be found on the department website.
A major in classics with an emphasis in classical civilization consists of at least nine courses and a study away experience. Courses must include:
a) two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean world
b) study in a classical language to include at least one course at the intermediate level (Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic);
c) CLAS 301 - Research Forum
d) CLAS 490 - Senior Seminar
e) and electives chosen from the offerings of the department. Select courses from other departments may be substituted when approved in advance by the classics department.
A major in classics with an emphasis in classical archaeology consists of at least eleven courses, a study away experience and a field experience. Courses are to include:
Archaeology majors must also gain some form of field experience, such as participating in an excavation, interning in a museum, or pursuing study away that involves archaeological learning in an archival, laboratory or field context.
A major in classics with an emphasis in classical languages consists of at least ten courses and a study away experience. Courses must include:
Students must also take a course which includes a major research project prior to the Senior Seminar. If none of the intermediate or advanced languages courses provided this, a student must take CLAS 301 - Research Forum as an eleventh course.
Majors in all three tracks are required to study away. Students are encouraged to study in the Mediterranean region during this experience, but may participate in any approved program. In addition to semester abroad programs, all of the department’s international offerings, including January in Rome, January in Turkey and summer archaeological excavations, fulfill the study away requirement, as do other January and summer programs approved in advance by the department.
A classics minor with an emphasis in classical civilization consists of five courses to include: a) one comprehensive survey (CLAS 121 - The Greek World; CLAS 122 - The Roman World; CLAS 127 - Women, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome; CLAS 129 - Greek Myths; or CLAS 145 - Pagans, Christians and Jews in Classical Antiquity: Cultures in Conflict; b) CLAS 301 - Research Forum; and c) three other courses from the offerings of the department.
A classics minor with an emphasis in archaeology consists of five courses to include: a) one comprehensive survey (CLAS 121 - The Greek World; CLAS 122 - The Roman World; CLAS 127 - Women, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome; CLAS 129 - Greek Myths; or CLAS 145 - Pagans, Christians and Jews in Classical Antiquity: Cultures in Conflict; b) CLAS 123 - Introduction to Archaeology; c) CLAS 301 - Research Forum; and d) two other archaeology courses offered or approved by the department.
A classics minor with an emphasis in classical languages consists of six courses to include: a) one comprehensive survey (CLAS 121 - The Greek World; CLAS 122 - The Roman World; CLAS 127 - Women, Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome; CLAS 129 - Greek Myths, or CLAS 145 - Pagans, Christians and Jews in Classical Antiquity: Cultures in Conflict; b) four other courses from the Greek, Latin, Hebrew and/or Arabic offerings of the department, including at least one at the intermediate level; and c) one other course from the offerings of the department.