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Majoring in Classics

There are three major tracks in the Department of Classics. Those who choose Classics as an undergraduate major for the sake of the strong liberal-arts background it provides but who do not plan to go on in the field may choose either of the language tracks or the Classical Humanities track.  This program requires 12 credits at the 100-200 level and 24 credits at the 300-400 level, including a capstone course, CLAS 409. Study of Latin or ancient Greek is strongly encouraged but not required for those choosing this track. At least half the credits at each level must be taken in the Classics Department; the rest may be in other departments such as Art History, Architecture, History, English, Anthropology, or Philosophy. Students choosing the Classical Humanities track will work closely with the undergraduate advisor to design an individual program of study with a coherent focus, such as religion and mythology, textual and material culture, or the reception of Greek and Roman culture in later eras.

Students who wish to become Latin teachers should choose the Latin or Latin and Greek track; those who plan to do graduate work in Classics, ancient history, or ancient philosophy should choose the Latin and Greek track.

The Latin track requires thirty credits of Latin at the 200-level or higher, at least 12 of which must be at the 400-level or higher, plus nine to twelve credits of supporting courses at any level in CLAS, GREK, or related fields such as HIST and ARTH.

The combined track in Latin and Greek requires at least eighteen credits of either Latin or Greek and 12 hours of the other classical language, plus nine hours of supporting courses in CLAS or related fields.  Students with no previous training in the second language may count introductory-level courses as part of the 12-hour requirement.