Undergraduate Programs

Requirements for BA in Classics

Students in this major will learn to analyze and interpret significant texts in the ancient languages and to understand their cultural context.

Students can chose a major in classics (both languages), or in Greek or Latin alone. All majors are encouraged to take at least one year of each language, if possible.

A minimum of 11 courses is required, including:

*This project must demonstrate the student's ability to meaningfully interpret an ancient text or texts, read in the original language. It can be completed as part of a senior thesis or in connection with requirements for any other classics course.

Honors in Classics

This program is open only to students who have a superior academic record, are prepared to pursue an advanced research project, and are capable of high quality independent work. The honors sequence culminates in the successful completion and defense of a senior thesis.

The following examples should help to distinguish between an independent study or senior project in classics and the senior project, taken as part of an honors sequence, in terms of their increasing specificity or depth:

Criteria for Honors in Classics

*Honors courses: an upper-level language course in the primary subject language of the Senior Thesis, CLA 389: Junior/Senior Seminar, CLA 391: Independent Study, CLA 392: Honors Research

Requirements and Deadlines

For CLA 391 or CLA 392, students will need to:

The chair will approve it, disapprove it, or approve it subject to modification, and the chair will appoint a second reader.

The deadline for application is December 1 of senior year for students who plan to graduate at the end of that year.

For CLA 393, students will need to:

*Students are strongly encouraged to provide both readers with drafts of the thesis so that the suggestions of the readers may be taken into account.

The readers will make a recommendation to the chair as to whether honors should be awarded. The chair will contact students prior to graduation to inform them if the degree will be awarded with honors.

If honors designation is denied, students will still receive a grade and credit for a senior project.