The Classics Major
A stringent major that might lead to graduate study in classics requires two years worth of work beyond the intermediate level in one language, preferably almost that much in the other, coverage of an extensive reading list and work (measured by the comprehensive examination) to establish historical, philosophical and art-historical framework for the literature. Other students will spend less time on the languages (perhaps concentrating on one of them) and emphasize one or more non-classics program areas. The Department will provide formal or informal colloquia to bring together the studies of advanced students and faculty. Distinction in Classics will be awarded for the theses of an excellence beyond the mere grade of A.
All students majoring in classics will:
complete 7–14 units (including work at the 300 level or above in language) of courses in the department,
pass comprehensive examinations including reading in at least one classical language, and
present senior theses or the equivalent.
Requirements of the Departmental Minor in Classics
Students minoring in classics will complete:
- A two-block introductory sequence, normally chosen from our classics/history/First-Year Experience offerings;
- Two units of Greek and/or Latin language, including one unit at the intermediate level;
- One further unit at the 300 level or above, as a Capstone for the minor; and
- A paper or project, normally submitted in the Capstone course, which should draw on the student’s whole classical studies experience.
Thematic Minor in the Ancient World
The ancient Near East and Mediterranean areas as the background of Western Civilization. Emphasis on Greco-Roman and Biblical forms of thought, organization and artistic expression as perennial influences. (Not available to Classics majors.)
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