Classics

Description

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 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. 

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Become fluent in one of more classical languages such as Greek, Latin, or Sanskrit
  • Become familiar with the literature, history, and culture of a classical society
  • Study classical archaeology in an area of specialization
  • Research and write a senior thesis that integrates their areas of interest

Requirements

Click here for a list of the Classics concentration requirements. For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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All concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis, by participating in a seminar for juniors and seniors, or by undertaking another kind of senior project that achieves the same goals and is acceptable to the department. Students may earn Honors in each concentration track by presenting a satisfactory thesis. In preparation, Honors candidates will ordinarily enroll in the relevant 1970 and 1990 courses. In order to qualify for Honors, students must maintain a B average overall. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.

Tracks

  • Greek
  • Greek and Latin
  • Latin
  • Sanskrit

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Enhance your aesthetic sensibility
  • Expand your reading skills
  • Understand differences among cultures
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Learn what it means to study the past
  • Work on your speaking and writing

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Affiliated Departments

Advisors

Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201026 
201134 13 13 
201224 
201325 
201428 14 14 

Alumni Pathways

Alumni with a degree in Classics have pursued careers in a wide range of areas, including as attorneys, scholars, journalists, writers, editors, physicians, language teachers, and management consultants.

See more details on the CareerLAB website.

Dept. Undergraduate Group

Visit this DUG's website to learn more.

Student Leaders:

  • Mary Tarantino
  • Lauren Pierce

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact focal_point@brown.edu, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.