BA in Ancient Greek

Some of the most penetrating, moving, and influential texts in the history of Western civilization arose from the world of ancient Greece. The major in Ancient Greek teaches students to read archaic and classical Greek texts (such as Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, and Thucydides) in their original language. Students acquire the skills necessary to read and translate these works accurately and also to explore and discuss orally and in writing the meaning of the texts through study of genre, style, cultural context, and the place of individual works in the literary and cultural history of ancient Greece. Study of Ancient Greek provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue the MA in Ancient Greek and for further studies in classical archaeology, philosophy, history, religion and theology, linguistics, English literature, comparative literature, and a wide range of other humanistic disciplines, as well as providing a solid foundation for law school or medical school.

Requirements

A major in Ancient Greek requires a minimum of ten 4-credit courses*. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 101 The World of Greece or CL 221 Greek History
  • eight courses above CAS CL 167 from the Ancient Greek listing of courses*
  • one additional classical studies (CAS CL) course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

Up to two courses in Byzantine or modern Greek above CAS CG 112 may be used to fulfill the requirements. With the permission of the faculty advisor, one course from the offerings under classical civilization may be counted toward this major.

Courses

*Required courses are divided into four categories: classical civilization, ancient Greek, modern Greek, and Latin. Refer to the Classical Studies programs section of this Bulletin for the full list of courses and their categories that may be used to fulfill the requirements stated above and for information on the CAS foreign language requirement for classics majors and minors.