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:

  • One course in either Greek Civilization or History: CAS CL101 or CL221/321
  • One course in either Roman Civilization or History: CAS CL102 or CL222/322
  • five courses in classical civilization or classical language
  • 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

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”.

Students majoring in Classical Civilization will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
  2. Read with comprehension works of ancient Greek and/or Latin poetry and prose, either in the original or in English translation, demonstrating understanding of genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about the ancient world and its products.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of classical culture on other historical periods.

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

  • One course in either Greek Civilization or History: CAS CL101 or CL221/321
  • Eight courses from the offerings under ancient Greek at the CL261 level and above
  • One additional Classical Studies course at the 400 level or higher

Up to two courses in Byzantine or modern Greek above CAS CG112 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.

Students majoring in Ancient Greek will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece.
  2.  Demonstrate sufficient understanding of the vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of ancient Greek to read standard works of the classical period accurately.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to use dictionaries, grammars, and other resources that aid the reading and understanding of ancient Greek texts.
  4. Demonstrate, in their reading of ancient Greek texts, and understanding of genre, style, cultural context, and the place of the text within the literary history of the ancient world.
  5. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about ancient Greek literary texts.

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

  • One course in either Roman Civilization or History: CAS CL102 or CL222/322
  • Eight courses from the offerings under Latin at the CL211 level and above
  • One additional Classical Studies course at the 400 level or higher

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.

Students majoring in Latin will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Rome.
  2.  Demonstrate sufficient understanding of the vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of Latin to read standard works of the classical period accurately.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to use dictionaries, grammars, and other resources that aid the reading and understanding of Latin texts.
  4. Demonstrate, in their reading of Latin texts, and understanding of genre, style, cultural context, and the place of the text within the literary history of the ancient world.
  5. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about Latin and/or ancient Greek literary texts.

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

  • One course in either Greek Civilization or History: CAS CL101 or CL221/321
  • One course in either Roman Civilization or History: CAS CL102 or CL222/322
  • 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

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.

Students majoring in Ancient Greek and Latin will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
  2. Demonstrate sufficient understanding of the vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of Latin and/or ancient Greek to read standard works of the classical period accurately.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to use dictionaries, grammars, and other resources that aid the reading and understanding of Latin and/or ancient Greek texts.
  4. Demonstrate, in their reading of Latin and/or ancient Greek texts, and understanding of genre, style, cultural context, and the place of the text within the literary history of the ancient world.
  5. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about Latin and/or ancient Greek literary texts.

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

Classics requirements:

  • CAS CL101, CL102, CL221, or CL222
  • CAS CL216: Greek & Roman Mythology
  • 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 RN200 Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion

Students majoring in Classics & Religion will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
  2. Read with comprehension works of ancient Greek and/or Latin poetry and prose, either in the original or in English translation, demonstrating understanding of genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about the ancient world and its products.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of classical culture on other historical periods.

A joint major in Classics & 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 & 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 from Classics and six from Philosophy.

Classics requirements:

  • One course in either Greek Civilization or History: CAS CL101 or CL221/321
  • CL261 (Note that CL161 and CL162 or their equivalent are prerequisites for enrollment in CL261, 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: CASPH 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: PH403, 404, 405, 406, 407, or 480

Students majoring in Classics & Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome.
  2. Read with comprehension works of ancient Greek and/or Latin poetry and prose, either in the original or in English translation, demonstrating understanding of genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing, ideas about the ancient world and its products.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of classical culture on other historical periods.

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 & Latin (1121)

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

  • CAS CL530 or CAS CL563
  • 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)

Students receiving an MA will be able to:

1.  Demonstrate the ability to read standard texts in ancient Greek and Latin with an understanding of idiom, nuance, and complex levels of meaning.
2.  Demonstrate mastery of a corpus of important texts in ancient Greek and Latin, and of modern critical approaches to those texts.
3.  Conduct scholarly activities at a high level and in a professional and ethical manner.
4.  Teach classical subjects effectively at the undergraduate level.

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.