Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program

The department provides both specialized training for those who wish to enter graduate school in preparation for a career in scholarship, and a broad liberal education for those with more general interests. Courses are offered from beginning to advanced levels in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit language and literature, and also in Modern Greek. Each semester the department offers a number of courses that require no knowledge of the ancient languages, in such areas as classical literature, mythology, ancient history, philosophy, and religion.

Concentration in Classics

Programs of concentration may be arranged with emphasis on the ancient languages and literature or on ancient history and culture. There is one standard concentration track: Classics, and seven optional concentration tracks: Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, South Asian Classics, Sanskrit, Greek and Sanskrit, and Latin and Sanskrit from which to choose. 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.

Incoming students with International Baccalaureate exam scores in Classics or Classics-related subjects should consult with the Concentration Advisor in Classics about course placement and credit.

For each score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Latin the Department of Classics awards 1 unassigned credit in Latin for completion of one 1,000-level course in Latin with at least the grade of 'B'. 

Concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis (which can, but need not, be an honors thesis; is more demanding than an ordinary term paper; and preferably transcends the subject matter of one particular subdiscipline of classics); by participating in a seminar for juniors and seniors (which is designed to provide insight into the relationships among various parts of ancient studies); or by undertaking another kind of senior project that achieves the same goals and is acceptable to the department.

CLASSICS

  • One course in Greek or Latin on the 1000-level or above.
  • CLAS1210, 1220 or 1310, 1320 (Greek or Roman history).
  • Five other courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

Optional Tracks:

GREEK

  • Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be GREK1810 or 1820.
  • CLAS1210, 1220 (Greek history).
  • Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

LATIN

  • Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be LATN1810 or 1820.
  • CLAS1310, 1320 (Roman history).
  • Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

GREEK AND LATIN

  • Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be LATN1810 or 1820.
  • Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be GREK1810 or 1820.
  • CLAS1210, 1220 and CLAS1310, 1320 (Greek and Roman history).

SOUTH ASIAN CLASSICS

  • At least one Sanskrit course above SANS0300.
  • Three Sanskrit classics courses in translation.
  • 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.

SANSKRIT

  • Two Sanskrit courses at the 1000-level or above.
  • Two Sanskrit classics courses in translation.
  • 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.

GREEK AND SANSKRIT

  • Four Sanskrit courses at any level.
  • Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be GREK1810 or 1820.
  • CLAS1210, 1220 (Greek history).
  • 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.

LATIN AND SANSKRIT

  • Four Sanskrit courses at any level.
  • Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be LATN1810 or 1820.
  • CLAS1310, 1320 (Roman history).
  • 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.

HONORS

  • Students may earn honors in each 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 for honors, students must maintain an overall "A" average in the concentration. 

Senior Thesis Guidelines