Designing a Major

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Temple of Apollo at Didyma.

For the specific, legislative details about what is needed for a major in Classics, see Requirements for Majors and Minors. Such technical details are useful, but they do not always help you see the range of possibilities available or determine what would be best given your long-term goals. The following are examples of major plans to give you some ideas, but the best source of assistance and information is your adviser. Speak with him or her, for example, about whether you are interested in continuing to graduate school in a specific field such as Classics, Middle Eastern Studies or Religion, because certain coursework will be very important to you. On the other hand, if you are headed to law or medical school, work in the corporate or non-profit world, what particular part of the ancient world most captures your imagination, or what method of analysis have you yet to try out? Your goals and interests will change and develop over your time in the department and in college, so regularly revisiting your adviser and your major plan is normal and necessary.

Below we have composed some potential major plans and advice for various tracks, interests and long term goals. These do not prescribe a set of courses – they are meant to give you an idea of what is possible and worth considering given your particular interests. In the end, each student crafts a Classics major as unique as they are. We look forward to working with you on yours!

Languages: Classical Languages, Eastern Mediterranean Languages
Archaeology: Classical or Near Eastern Archaeology, Art History, Museum Studies, Antiquities Law or Cultural Heritage 
Civilization: Ancient History, Middle Eastern Studies