Classics focuses on the languages, literature, history, and culture of Greco-Roman antiquity. It provides specialized training for students intending to enter graduate school, and a broad liberal education for those with more general interests. Students may choose to study Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, or Modern Greek and gain knowledge in literature, mythology, ancient history, philosophy, and religion. Students may either pursue the standard Classics concentration - the most popular choice - or they may pursue one of the several optional tracks: Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, South Asian Classics, Sanskrit, Greek and Sanskrit, or Latin and Sanskrit. Concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis, by participating in an undergraduate seminar, or by undertaking a senior capstone project.
Students in this concentration will:
All concentrators are strongly encouraged to integrate their studies in various fields of Classics by writing a senior thesis, by participating in a seminar for juniors and seniors, or by undertaking another kind of senior project that achieves the same goals and is acceptable to the department. Students may earn Honors in each concentration track by presenting a satisfactory thesis. In preparation, Honors candidates will ordinarily enroll in the relevant 1970 and 1990 courses. In order to qualify for Honors, students must maintain a B average overall. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Alumni with a degree in Classics have pursued careers in a wide range of areas, including as attorneys, scholars, journalists, writers, editors, physicians, language teachers, and management consultants.
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