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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 seminars, or by undertaking a senior capstone project.

Beginning with declarations submitted after September 1, 2018, all tracks except "Greek and Latin," "Greek and Sanskrit," and "Latin and Sanskrit" require the satisfactory completion of nine courses as described below. The introductory courses in Greek and Latin may not usually be counted toward a concentration, but those in Sanskrit may be counted toward the concentration requirement in some of the tracks. Students should always consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies regarding their path toward fulfilling requirements and choosing electives.

Classics

One course in Greek or Latin on the 1000-level or above. 11
Select one of the following series:2
Mediterranean Culture Wars: Archaic Greek History, c. 1200 to 479 BC
And
The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 478 to 323 BC
The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History to 478 to 323 BCE
OR
Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic
And
Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact
Roman History II: The Empire
Five other courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor. At least three of these five courses must be offered through the Department of Classics. 25
One further course offered by the Department of Classics and designated “Classics and Beyond,” OR a DIAP course offered by the Department of Classics. 31
Total Credits9

Greek

Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be: 14
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210Mediterranean Culture Wars: Archaic Greek History, c. 1200 to 479 BC1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 478 to 323 BC1
Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor. At least one of these two courses must be offered through the Department of Classics. 22
One further course offered by the Department of Classics and designated “Classics and Beyond,” OR a DIAP course offered by the Department of Classics. 31
Total Credits9

Latin

Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be: 14
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
or HIST 1201B Roman History II: The Empire
Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor. At least one of these two courses must be offered through the Department of Classics. 22
One further course offered by the Department of Classics and designated “Classics and Beyond,” OR a DIAP course offered by the Department of Classics. 31
Total Credits9

Greek and Latin

Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be: 14
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: 24
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210Mediterranean Culture Wars: Archaic Greek History, c. 1200 to 479 BC1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 478 to 323 BC1
or HIST 1200B The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History to 478 to 323 BCE
CLAS 1310Roman History I: The Rise and Fall of an Imperial Republic1
CLAS 1320Roman History II: The Roman Empire and Its Impact1
or HIST 1201B Roman History II: The Empire
Total Credits12

South Asian Classics

At least one Sanskrit course above Sanskrit 0300 11
Three of the Sanskrit Classics Courses in Translation 23
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 advisor 34
One further course offered by the Department of Classics and designated “Classics and Beyond,” OR a DIAP course offered by the Department of Classics. 41
Total Credits9

Sanskrit

Two Sanskrit courses at the 1000-level or above 12
Two of the Sanskrit Classics Courses in Translation 22
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 advisor 34
One further course offered by the Department of Classics and designated “Classics and Beyond,” OR a DIAP course offered by the Department of Classics. 41
Total Credits9

Greek and Sanskrit

Four Sanskrit courses at any level 14
Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be: 24
Early Greek Literature
Fifth Century Survey
CLAS 1210Mediterranean Culture Wars: Archaic Greek History, c. 1200 to 479 BC1
CLAS 1220The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History 478 to 323 BC1
or HIST 1200B The Fall of Empires and Rise of Kings: Greek History to 478 to 323 BCE
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 advisor 32
Total Credits12

Latin and Sanskrit

Four Sanskrit courses at any level 14
Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be 24
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
or HIST 1201B Roman History II: The Empire
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 advisor 32
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.