Majors & Minors

Major Requirements

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.

Classical Civilization

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 (121 Greek World, 122 Roman World, 127 Women, Gender & Sexuality, 129 Greek Myths, or 145 Pagans, Christians & Jews); b) study in a classical language to include at least one course at the intermediate level (Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic); c) 301 Research Forum; d) 490 Senior Seminar; and e) electives chosen from the offerings of the department. Select courses from other departments may be substituted when approved in advance by the classics department.

Classical Archaeology

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: a) two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean world (121 Greek World, 122 Roman World, 127 Women, Gender & Sexuality, 129 Greek Myths, or 145 Pagans, Christians & Jews); b) study in a classical language to include at least one course at the intermediate level (Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic); c) 123 Introduction to Archaeology; d) 160 Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art; e) 301 Research Forum; f) 490 Senior Seminar; and g) electives from the following, or a course otherwise approved in advance by the department: Classics 155 (January in Rome); Geography 225 (Introduction to Cartography & GIS); Geology 155 (History and Evolution of Earth), 260 (Geomorphology), 265 (Sedimentology and Stratigraphy), 300 (Paleobiology); Anthropology 112 (Archaeology and Human Evolution); Anthropology 340 (Paleoanthropolgy); Art 238 (Ceramic Art); language courses from the department offerings beyond those used to meet requirement b).

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.

Classical Languages

A major in classics with an emphasis in classical languages consists of at least ten courses and a study away experience. Courses must include: a) two courses which provide a comprehensive introduction to the ancient Mediterranean world (121 Greek World, 122 Roman World, 127 Women, Gender & Sexuality, 129 Greek Myths, or 145 Pagans, Christians & Jews); b) seven courses involving classical languages and literatures in the original language (Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic; courses must be taken in at least two different languages and involve at least one class at the advanced level); and c ) 490 Senior Seminar. 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 301: Research Forum as an eleventh course.

Study Away

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.

Minor Requirements

A classics minor with an emphasis in classical civilization consists of five courses to include: a) one comprehensive survey (121, Greek World; 122, Roman World; 127, Women, Gender & Sexuality; 129, Greek Myths; or 145, Pagans, Christians & Jews); b) 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 (121, Greek World; 122, Roman World; 127, Women, Gender & Sexuality; 129, Greek Myths; or 145, Pagans, Christians & Jews); b) 123, Introduction to Archaeology; c) 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 (121, Greek World; 122, Roman World; 127, Women, Gender & Sexuality; 129, Greek Myths; or 145, Pagans, Christians & Jews); 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.