The Major in Classics

There are four ways of majoring in Classics, that is, four separate “tracks” to fulfill the requirements. Generally speaking, undergraduates are introduced to the subject in two ways: learning languages, Latin or Ancient Greek (or both); and taking survey or theme courses.


Language Courses (GRE and LAT):      

Beginning language courses are offered on a three semester rotation. Advanced (202 and above) language courses consist of readings in a selected Greek or Roman author, such as Homer, Horace, Catullus, or Tacitus. Assignments average 30 to 40 lines per class for poetry and 1 to 2 pages for prose, somewhat less in 300-level courses, somewhat more in the 400-level courses. Careful translation and syntactical analysis of the text are coupled with thematic discussion. In each class, there are occasional translation quizzes, a midterm, and a final. Upper level language courses (202 or higher) are typically for Writing Credit (WC).


Survey/Theme Courses (CLA):

Classes in the cultures of antiquity present primary materials in English and include survey courses, such as Greek civilization and Roman civilization, as well as themed courses, such as “Greek and Roman Mythology,” “Self and Other in the Ancient World,” and “Greek Tragedy.” In the future, courses such as “Women in Antiquity,” “The Decadence of the Late Roman Empire,” and “Classical Aesthetic Theory,” among others, will be added. Survey/Theme Courses are typically for Writing Credit (W).

Students may also take courses offered in other departments and approved by the Department of Classics as counting toward the major; some of these courses are cross-listed or co-listed with the Department of Classics. A list of these courses will be provided each term.


Requirements for the Major

Track 1: Greek (30 credits)
Greek 101, 102, 201
Six courses at the upper level (202 and above) in Greek. Greek 201 counts toward this requirement.
Two survey/theme courses; at least one CLA

Track 2: Latin (30 credits)
Latin 101, 102, 201
Six courses at the upper level (202 and above) in Latin. Latin 201 counts toward this requirement.
Two survey/theme courses; at least one CLA

Track 3: Latin and Greek (36 credits)
Latin 101, 102, 201 and Greek 101, 102, 201
Three courses at the upper level (202 and above) in Latin and three courses at the upper level (202 and above) in Greek. Latin 201 and Greek 201 count toward this requirement.
Two survey/theme courses; at least one CLA

Track 4: Classical Civilization (30 credits)
Latin 101, 102, 201 or Greek 101, 102, 201
One further course in either Latin or Greek at the upper level (202 and above)
Six survey/theme courses; at least four CLA


List of Courses Offered by the Classics Department

Updated: March 4, 2011

CLASSICS (CLA)

CLA220 Greek and Roman Mythology
CLA221 Sports & Society in the Ancient World
CLA222 Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World
CLA223 The Ancient World on Screen
CLA224 The Heroic Journey
CLA301 Ancient Greece
CLA302 The Hellenistic Age
CLA303 The Roman Republic
CLA304 The Roman Empire
CLA310 Survey of Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
CLA311 Survey of Classical Latin Literature and Culture
CLA315 The Classical Epic Tradition
CLA340 Greek Tragedy
CLA370 Self and Other in the Ancient World
CLA401 Special Topics in Classics
CLA402 Special Topics in Classics
CLA403 Special Topics in Classics
CLA404 Special Projects in Classics
CLA405 Special Projects in Classics
CLA406 Special Projects in Classics
CLA491 Directed Readings
CLA492 Directed Reading in Classics
CLA493 Directed Reading in Classics
CLA495 Senior Thesis I
CLA496 Senior Thesis II
CLA505 Seminar in Ancient Studies


CLASSICS: GREEK (GRE)

GRE101 Elementary Ancient Greek I
GRE102 Elementary Ancient Greek II
GRE201 Intermediate Ancient Greek
GRE311 Introduction to Prose: Plato
GRE321 Introduction to Greek Poetry: Euripides
GRE401 Special Topics in Greek Literature
GRE402 Special Topics in Greek Literature
GRE403 Special Topics in Greek Literature
GRE404 Special Projects in Ancient Greek Literature & Culture
GRE405 Special Projects in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
GRE406 Special Projects in Ancient Greek Literature and Culture
GRE407 Supervised Reading in Classical Greek
GRE408 Supervised Reading in Classical Greek
GRE409 Supervised Reading in Classical Greek
GRE411 Homer
GRE421 Greek Orators
GRE431 Greek Historians
GRE491 Directed Readings


CLASSICS: LATIN (LAT)

LAT101 Elementary Latin I
LAT102 Elementary Latin II
LAT201 Intermediate Latin
LAT202 Introduction to Latin Poetry: Readings from Virgil.
LAT301 Catallus
LAT302 Petronius
LAT311 Introduction to Latin Prose: Cicero
LAT321 Introduction to Latin Poetry: Virgil
LAT401 Special Topics in Latin Literature
LAT402 Special Topics in Latin Literature
LAT403 Special Topics in Latin Literature
LAT404 Special Projects in the Literature & Culture of Ancient Rome
LAT405 Special Projects in the Literature and Culture of Ancient Rome
LAT406 Special Projects in the Literature and Culture of Ancient Rome
LAT407 Supervised Reading in Classical Latin
LAT408 Supervised Reading in Classical Latin
LAT409 Supervised Reading in Classical Latin
LAT411 Catullus and Horace
LAT421 Roman Epic
LAT431 Roman Historians
LAT491 Directed Readings