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Classical Civilization Major

Since Classical Studies have traditionally played a central role in education they have left an indelible mark on the intellectual, political, and artistic development of Western Civilization. Countless authors, as diverse in time and place as Dante and Derek Walcott, have looked for inspiration to the classical tradition; political theorists and statesmen, including Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, developed their political ideals through a close reading of ancient historians such as Polybius and Thucydides. Understanding the reception of classical texts and the ways subsequent generations adapted and modified classical ideals will grant students a greater degree of proficiency in civic and cultural history, and help them better understand the cultural politics of their own world.

View Fall 2019 Classes that may be of interest to students studying Classics or Classical Civilization.

Major in Classics with Greek Emphasis

For specific requirements about the Major in Classics with a Greek Emphasis, see the course catalog. The Major in Classics with Greek Emphasis generally consists of 27 credits in Greek, with at least 18 credits coming from courses numbered 300 and above. Courses in Latin numbered 300 and above may be substituted up to a total of 6 credits. Courses from the approved list for Classical Civilization may be substituted up to a total of 6 credits with the approval of the Director.

Major in Classics with Latin Emphasis

For specific requirements about the Major in Classics with a Latin Emphasis, see the course catalog. The Major in Classics with Latin Emphasis generally consists of 27 credits in Latin, with at least 18 credits coming from courses numbered 300 and above. Courses in Greek may be substituted up to a total of 9 credits. Courses from the approved list for Classical Civilization may be substituted up to a total of 6 credits with the approval of the Director.

Major in Classical Civilization

For specific requirements about the Major in Classical Civilization, see the course catalog. The Major in Classical Civilization typically requires 27 credits. No more than 9 credits may be selected from any one subject, and no more than 18 credits may be selected from any one department. At least 18 credits must come from courses numbered 300 and above; in addition, at least two courses must come from the courses taught within the Classics program (those with the prefixes LAT, GRE, and LIT).