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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 16, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Classics - The Classical Civilization Track, BA

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Courses in the area of concentration

Students must complete three CLASS courses in the area of concetration they have chosen. These courses should be selected in consultation with the major advisor.


Students must complete one elective course in three of the following areas.

  • Ancient Archeology
  • Art
  • Culture
  • History
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Science 

Classics major general rules and requirements

Students have combined a major in classics with a second major or certificate such as anthropology, biology, communication, computer science, history, history of art and architecture, history and philosophy of science, nonclassical languages and literatures, psychology, and women’s studies. Students planning graduate study in classics may be required to obtain reading competency in German, French, or Italian. Such study might begin during the course of completing the undergraduate major or may be undertaken in graduate school.

Rules and requirements

  • The Classics major requires a minimum of 30 credits, distributed as directed by the chosen track.
  • Students must have an overall 2.00 GPA in courses counting toward the major.
  • No more than two courses in the Greek or Latin language tracks may be taken with the S/NC grade option. No more than four courses in Classical Civilization track may be taken with the S/NC grade option.
  • Credit by examination is generally not granted, except for placement in the language sequences. The department will consider students with special circumstances.
  • Students may either enroll in one of the W courses offered by the department or arrange with the instructor of an upper-level course for the addition of one credit of writing practicum.
  • For the required related area, the Department of Classics recommends other departments’ courses in ancient Greek and Roman archaeology and art, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, and science.
  • Majors who have reached the end of the junior year with a GPA in departmental courses of 3.50 or higher may, in conjunction with a senior-level course, write an honors essay. Acceptance of the essay by the department will qualify the student for graduating with departmental honors in Classics.

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