The department offers two majors, one in classical languages and literature and the other in classical studies. The first focuses on ancient Greek and Latin; the second takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to Greek and Roman studies. Please note:
- Students interested in either major should take CLA 111 as soon as possible.
- The department encourages all majors to study abroad in one of the lands of classical antiquity.
- Students interested in graduate study in any area of classics will need to take more courses than either major requires. Graduate programs in classical languages and literature prefer an emphasis on the languages, while valuing non-language courses. Programs in classical archaeology and ancient history will expect both experience in those areas and relevant language courses beyond the 201 level. Students might also wish to begin the study of French, German, or Italian.
Classical Languages and Literature Major
A major in classical languages and literature requires ten courses, including:
- CLA 111
- Six courses in Greek and Latin at the 200-level or above, including at least one in each language
- LIT 432 (Theory and Practice of Literary Translation) may be counted toward this requirement if the practicing is done with Greek or Latin texts. Be sure to discuss your intention with the instructor in advance.
- One survey in Greek or Roman literature
- One elective chosen from other courses in CLA, other courses in Greek or Latin at the 200-level or above, and other designated courses in philosophy, political science and religion
- DIG 120 (Programming in the Humanities) may be counted toward this requirement if the student's major project involves Greek or Latin texts. Be sure to discuss your intention with the instructor in advance.
- CLA 480
Classical Studies Major
A major in classical studies requires eleven courses, including:
- CLA 111
- One course in Greek (GRE) or Latin (LAT) at the 200 level or above
- One course in the other language (LAT or GRE) at any level
- GRE: To satisfy this requirement, students who have not had Greek before must take GRE 103, which counts for two course credits.
- One survey of Greek or Roman literature (CLA 121 or 122)
- One survey of Greek or Roman art and archaeology (CLA 141 or 142)
- Five additional courses from among those listed in the College Catalog under Classical Studies (including designated courses in philosophy, political science and religion), Greek (201 or higher), or Latin (201 or higher), including at least two CLA, GRE, or LAT courses numbered at the 200 level or above
- CLA 480
Candidates for departmental honors may be admitted to the honors program provided they have attained an overall grade point average of at least 3.2, an average of 3.5 or higher in the major, and the unanimous endorsement of the department's faculty.
In addition to the regular course requirements for the major, candidates for honors must complete and successfully defend a senior thesis. A student who receives an A- or better on the thesis and maintains the above grade point averages throughout the senior year will receive the department's recommendation for graduation with honors.