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Every major within the Department of Classical Studies must have an advisor. Majors can either choose one of their professors, who must be a part of the classics faculty, or the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, to be their advisor.
About one month prior to registration in the fall and in the spring, students will receive a letter informing them of advising dates and advising information. The student must sign up for an advising time. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the faculty’s doors. Majors must attend these advising appointments to receive their advising codes, which enables them to register for classes.
Below are some frequently-asked questions regarding classics majors and their concentrations. If a student has other questions, he or she should first check the Course Bulletin or CAS Web Site. If questions are still unanswered, please contact Professor L.J. Samons , Director of Undergraduate Studies, (617-353-2427).
Courses may be credited toward concentration only if a grade of C or higher is earned. Required courses may be exchanged for others in the curriculum with the approval of the department Chairman or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Divisional Studies Credit
Courses in Classical Studies that may be taken to fulfill Divisional Studies Humanities (HU) requirements include:
CAS CL 101 The World of Greece
CAS CL 102 The World of Rome
CAS CL 202 Warfare in Antiquity
CAS CL 206 Women in Antiquity
CAS CL 213 Greek and Roman Mythology
CAS CL 216 Greek and Roman Religion
CAS CL 220 The Roman Empire in Film and Fact
CAS CL 221 Greek History (formerly CAS CL 321)
CAS CL 222 Roman History (formerly CAS CL 322)
CAS CL 224 Greek Drama in Translation (formerly CAS CL 324)
CAS CL 325 Greek Tragedy and Film
With advisor’s approval and with the exception of Directed Studies, any CAS CL or CG course may be taken for Divisional Studies credit except CL 111, 112, 161, 162, 211, 212, 261, 262, and CG 111, 112, 211, and 212.
Core Curriculum Courses
Students who complete both of the following courses may, with advisor approval, receive credit for one course toward concentrations in classics:
- CAS CC 101 Core Humanities I: The Ancient World
- CAS CC 102 Core Humanities II: Late Antiquity and the Medieval World
To receive approval for transfer credits, students must fill out a Transfer Credit Course Approval Form in STH 414. Appropriate documentation must accompany this form for consideration of approval. Appropriate documentation includes a valid transcript showing proof this course was taken, a course description, and a syllabus. Credits from accredited 2-year community colleges will now be allowed with a grade of C or above (if taken before Fall 2001 a C- will be accepted).
Foreign Language Requirement
Ancient Greek, modern Greek, and Latin may be used to fulfill the CAS foreign language requirement. Students who choose to complete the foreign language requirement using a classical language or modern Greek may not count 100-level courses in that language toward a major or minor concentration in classical civilization, classical languages, modern Greek, classics and religion, or classics and philosophy. Placement into upper-level courses in ancient Greek, modern Greek, and Latin may be achieved by satisfactorily completing a written proficiency examination administered by the Department of Classical Studies. For additional information on placement exams, please contact Mr. Peter Michelli at email@example.com or 617-353-2427.
Honors in the Major
The department encourages work toward graduation with honors in the major. For students majoring in classical civilization, the primary requirement is successful completion of a two-semester program of directed research and writing in their senior year, culminating in an honors thesis and oral defense. For students majoring in Latin, ancient Greek, or ancient Greek and Latin, the primary requirement is different: two specifically designated honors reading courses, including at least one seminar course and one course with a substantial research component. In order to qualify for either of these honors tracks, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA of no less than 3.4, must submit an application to the department’s director of undergraduate studies by April 20 of the junior year, and must have approval from the director of graduate studies (where relevant) and department chair. For general information, please refer to Honors in the Major.
A Directed Study is a CAS course in which a student pursues independent research under the guidance of a full-time faculty member. A student may choose to undertake a Directed Study for the following reasons: 1) to pursue in depth an area covered more generally in a course, or 2) to explore a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. In either case, it is the student’s responsibility to identify the topic fully and to acquire enough information to ensure its worthiness for independent research. A student can pick up an application from STH 414. The section code may also be obtained in STH 414.