Majors

Below are requirements for the major degree programs in the Department of Classical Studies. Please refer to the Course Bulletin for a list of the approved related courses. Please also visit our Advising webpage for additional information on degree requirements and policies. For information on our minor programs, click here.

A major in classical civilization requires a minimum of ten courses. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 101 or CL 221 and CAS CL 102 or CL 222
  • five courses in classical civilization and/or classical languages
  • two courses focusing on classical literature (either in translation or in the original language)
  • one additional Classical Studies course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

With permission of the Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, up to two related courses from other departments may be counted toward this major. Refer to the list of related courses recommended by the department here under “Related Courses”.

A major in ancient Greek requires a minimum of ten courses. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 101 or CL 221
  • eight courses from the offerings under ancient Greek above CAS CL 167
  • one additional Classical Studies 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 Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, one course from the offerings under classical civilization may be counted toward this major.

A concentration in Latin requires a minimum of ten courses. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 102 or CL 222
  • eight courses from the offerings under Latin above CAS CL 117
  • one additional Classical Studies course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

With the permission of the Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, one course from the offerings under classical civilization may be counted toward this major.

A major in ancient Greek and Latin requires a minimum of ten courses. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 101 or CL 221 and CAS CL 102 or CL 222
  • four courses in one of the two classical languages above the 100 level
  • three courses in the other classical language above the 100 level
  • one additional Classical Studies course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

With the permission of the Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies, one course from the offerings under classical civilization may be counted toward this major.

A major in Classics and Religion requires a minimum of twelve courses; six in Classics and six in Religion.

Classics requirements:

  • CAS CL 101, CL 102, CL 221, or CL 222
  • CAS CL 216
  • four courses at or above the 200 level chosen, in consultation with an advisor, from the offerings under classical civilization and/or classical languages

Religion requirements:

  • five courses at or above the 200 level chosen, in consultation with an advisor, from courses listed under the Department of Religion
  • CAS RN 200 Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion

A joint major in Classics and Religion is especially recommended for students with a particular interest in Myth Studies. While this major does not require work in Greek or Latin, second- and third-year classical language courses are counted toward this major. Students are encouraged to consider the study of a classical language and reminded that both Greek and Latin fulfill the CAS language requirement. Students interested in a major in Classics and Religion must consult an advisor in both the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Religion.

A Major in Classics and Philosophy requires a minimum of twelve courses: six in Classics and six in Philosophy.

Classics requirements:

  • CL 101 or CL 221
  • CL 261 (Note that CL 161 and CL 162, or their equivalent, are prerequisites for enrollment in CL 261, which is the third semester of ancient Greek)
  • four other courses at or above the 200 level in classical civilization or classical languages

Philosophy requirements:

  • one of the following: CAS PH 100, 110, 140, 150, 155, or 160
  • PH 300
  • PH 310
  • two courses in philosophy at the 200 level or above
  • one of the following: PH 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, or 480

Students interested in a major in Classics and Philosophy must consult an advisor in both the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Philosophy.

The Department of Classical Studies offers a combined BA/MA program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Master of Arts (MA) degrees. Advanced-level study in one or both classical languages is required. To fulfill the BA requirements, students must choose one of the following eligible undergraduate majors:

  • Ancient Greek (1120)
  • Latin (1119)
  • Ancient Greek and Latin (1121)

On the MA level, students concentrate in Classical Studies (1504), which has a minimum requirement of eight courses (32 credits):

  • CAS CL 530 or CAS CL 563
  • seven additional courses at or above the 500 level offered within the Department of Classical Studies or related departments.

Students typically major in either Latin or Greek. One course in Greek or Roman art or classical archaeology and one course in ancient history are recommended. Students who wish to take more than two related courses must receive department approval.

Students must satisfy an area requirement in either Greek or Roman history. This may be fulfilled in the following ways:

  • taking one graduate-level course in Greek or Roman history
  • taking an undergraduate history course as a graduate directed study (2 credits)
  • receiving a grade of Pass on an exam set by two evaluators appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies

Master’s students are also required to demonstrate, by written examination, proficiency in the following:

  • the translation of passages from either Greek or Latin
  • the history of either Greek or Latin literature
  • German or French (with consent of the department, another language may be substituted)

Requirements for both the BA and MA can be completed with a minimum of 36 courses and a maximum of 40 courses. Graduate classes can be utilized to meet the CAS graduation requirement of a minimum of 32 courses. Advanced placement and/or prior fulfillment of college requirements on the undergraduate level may result in the completion of the BA/MA requirements in fewer than 40 courses. The usual completion time is five years. Approved course overloads, summer study, advanced placement, and/or exemption from college requirements may allow students to complete the program in less than five years. Please refer to the BA/MA Guidelines on the College of Arts and Sciences Web site. Students interested in enrolling in the BA/MA program should contact the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Classical Studies.