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 an email 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 Website. 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 Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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

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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.

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

The following list of related courses may be used toward a major or minor in classics with advisor approval. Refer to the respective sections of this Bulletin for course information.

Classical Civilization and Languages Majors

  • CAS AR 100  Great Discoveries in Archaeology
  • CAS AR 101  Introduction to Archaeology
  • CAS AR 208  Lost Languages and Decipherments
  • CAS AR 230  Archaeology of Classical Civilizations
  • CAS AR 232  Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • CAS AR 330  Greek Archaeology
  • CAS AR 331  Etruscan and Roman Archaeology
  • CAS AH 111  Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to Middle Ages
  • CAS AH 233  The Arts of Greece
  • CAS AH 234  The Art of Rome
  • CAS AH 240  Medieval Art
  • CAS AH 331  Arts of Archaic Greece
  • CAS AH 333  Arts of Classical Greece
  • CAS AH 433  Seminar: Greek Art
  • CAS AH 434  Seminar: Roman Art
  • CAS AH 436  Seminar: Greek and Roman Art
  • CAS AH 444  Seminar: Medieval Art
  • CAS EN 221  Major Authors I
  • CAS LX 532  Romance Linguistics
  • CAS HI 201  History of Medieval Europe
  • CAS PH 110  Great Philosophers
  • CAS PH 300  History of Ancient Philosophy
  • CAS PH 403  Plato I
  • CAS PH 404  Plato II
  • CAS PH 405  Aristotle I
  • CAS PH 406  Aristotle II
  • CAS PH 407  Stoics, Epicureans, and Skeptics
  • CAS RN 202  From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of Christianity
  • CAS RN 301  Varieties of Early Christianity
  • CAS RN 442  Approaches to the Study of Myth

Classics & Religion Majors and Myth Studies Minors

  • CAS AN 384    Anthropological Study of Religion
  • CAS AN 568    Symbol, Myth, and Rite
  • CAS AH 111    Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to Middle Ages
  • CAS AH 233   The Arts of Greece
  • CAS AH 240   Medieval Art
  • CAS AH 242   Christian Imagery in the Visual Arts, ca. 300–1350
  • CAS AH 331   Arts of Archaic Greece
  • CAS AH 333   Arts of Classical Greece
  • CAS AH 433   Seminar: Greek Art
  • CAS AH 434   Seminar: Roman Art
  • CAS AH 436   Seminar: Greek and Roman Art
  • CAS AH 444   Seminar: Medieval Art
  • CAS RN 202   From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of Christianity
  • CAS RN 301   Varieties of Early Christianity
  • CAS RN 442   Approaches to the Study of Myth

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. Without a syllabus, we cannot give appropriate course credit. 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).

If you are a transfer student, please see the information here.

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 Arthur Peterson at or 617-353-2427.

The department encourages work towards 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 (at the discretion of the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Department Chair). For student majoring in Latin, Ancient Greek, or Ancient Greek and Latin, with advisor approval students may choose a two-semester program of directed research and writing or fulfill the requirement for honors through graduate 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 10 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 or email Professor L.J. Samons.

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.