Classics

Classics focuses on the languages, literature, history, and culture of Greco-Roman antiquity. It provides specialized training for students intending to enter graduate school, and a broad liberal education for those with more general interests. Students may choose to study Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or Modern Greek and gain knowledge in literature, mythology, ancient history, philosophy, and religion. Students may either pursue the standard Classics concentration - the most popular choice - or they may pursue one of the several optional tracks: Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, South Asian Classics, Sanskrit, Greek and Sanskrit, or Latin and Sanskrit. Concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis, by participating in an undergraduate seminar, or by undertaking a senior capstone project.

All tracks except "Greek and Latin," "Greek and Sanskrit," and "Latin and Sanskrit" require the satisfactory completion of eight courses as described below. Programs are flexible and students are encouraged to discuss their plans with the concentration advisor. The introductory courses in Greek and Latin may not usually be counted toward a concentration, but those in Sanskrit may be counted in some of the tracks.

Classics

One course in Greek or Latin on the 1000-level or above.1
Select one of the following series:2
The History of Greece from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander
   and The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 479 to 323 BC
Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic
   and Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact
Five other courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.5
Total Credits8

Greek

Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be:4
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210The History of Greece from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 479 to 323 BC1
Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.2
Total Credits8

Latin

Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be:4
Survey of Republican Literature
Survey of Roman Literature II: Empire
CLAS 1310Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic1
CLAS 1320Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact1
Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.2
Total Credits8

Greek and Latin

Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be:4
Survey of Republican Literature
Survey of Roman Literature II: Empire
Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be:4
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210The History of Greece from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 479 to 323 BC1
CLAS 1310Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic1
CLAS 1320Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact1
Total Credits12

South Asian Classics

At least one Sanskrit course above Sanskrit 03001
Three of the Sanskrit Classics Courses in Translation 3
Four other courses in Classics or related areas (such as Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Early Cultures, etc.) to be approved by the concentration advisor4
Total Credits8

Sanskrit

Two Sanskrit courses at the 1000-level or above2
Two of the Sanskrit Classics Courses in Translation 2
Four other courses in Classics or related areas (such as Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Early Cultures, etc.) to be approved by the concentration advisor4
Total Credits8

Greek and Sanskrit

Four Sanskrit courses at any level 4
Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be:4
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210The History of Greece from Archaic Times to the Death of Alexander1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 479 to 323 BC1
Two additional courses in Classics or related areas (such as Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Early Cultures, etc.) to be approved by the concentration advisor2
Total Credits12

Latin and Sanskrit

Four Sanskrit courses at any level 4
Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be4
Survey of Republican Literature
Survey of Roman Literature II: Empire
CLAS 1310Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic1
CLAS 1320Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact1
Two additional courses in Classics or related areas (such as Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Early Cultures, etc.) to be approved by the concentration advisor2
Total Credits12

Honors

Students may earn honors in the concentration by presenting a satisfactory thesis, for the preparation of which they will ordinarily enroll in the relevant 1990 courses; these courses may not be used to satisfy the standard requirements for a concentration. In order to qualify, the candidate for honors in the Department of Classics ordinarily will be entering his/her seventh semester of study and must have an “A” average (3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale) in the concentration.