Classics

Programs of concentration may be arranged with emphasis on the ancient languages and literature or on ancient history and culture. There is one standard concentration track, Classics, and four optional concentration tracks, Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, or Sanskrit, from which to choose. All tracks except "Greek and Latin" and "Sanskrit" require the satisfactory completion of eight courses as described below. Programs are flexible and students are encouraged to discuss their plans with the concentration advisor. The introductory courses in Greek and Latin may not usually be counted toward a concentration.

Concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis (which can, but need not, be an honors thesis; is more demanding than an ordinary term paper; and preferably transcends the subject matter of one particular subdiscipline of classics); by participating in a seminar for juniors and seniors (which is designed to provide insight into the relationships among various parts of ancient studies); or by undertaking another kind of senior project that achieves the same goals and is acceptable to the department.

Classics:

1. One course in Greek or Latin on the 1000-level or above.

2. CLAS 1210, 1220 or 1310, 1320 (Greek or Roman history).

3. Five other courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

Optional tracks:

Greek:

1. Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be GREK 1810 or 1820.

2. CLAS 1210, 1220 (Greek history).

3. Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

Latin:

1. Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be LATN 1810 or 1820.

2. CLAS 1310, 1320 (Roman history).

3. Two additional courses in classics, including classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, or related areas to be approved by the concentration advisor.

Greek and Latin:

1. Four Latin courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be LATN 1810 or 1820.

2. Four Greek courses on the 1000-level or above, at least one of which is to be GREK 1810 or 1820.

3. CLAS 1210, 1220 and CLAS 1310, 1320 (Greek and Roman history).

Sanskrit:

1. Four 1000-level courses in Sanskrit.

2. The requirements for Classics, Greek, or Latin with the provision that courses in Sanskrit beyond the first four may count towards the "five other courses" required of concentrators in Classics, or the "two additional courses" required of concentrators in Greek and of concentrators in Latin. (Students interested in Sanskrit may compare the concentration in South Asian Studies—Ancient India.)

Honors

Students may earn honors in each concentration by presenting a satisfactory thesis, for the preparation of which they will ordinarily enroll in the relevant 1970 and 1990 courses; these courses may not be used to satisfy the standard requirements for a concentration. In order to qualify for honors, students must maintain a B average overall.




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