The study of Classics focuses on the languages, literature, history, culture, and legacy of Greco-Roman antiquity. An undergraduate concentration in Classics furnishes students with a broad liberal education, and provides specialized training for those students intending to enter graduate school. Students may choose to study Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and/or Modern Greek, and to explore courses in literature, mythology, history, philosophy, and religion. Students may either pursue the standard Classics concentration – the most popular choice – or one of several optional tracks: Greek, Latin, Greek and Latin, South Asian Classics, Sanskrit, Greek and Sanskrit, or Latin and Sanskrit. Concentrators who pursue an honors degree write a senior thesis, typically over the course of two semesters during their senior year.
Students in this concentration will:
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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 the concentration by presenting a satisfactory thesis, for the preparation of which they will ordinarily enroll in the relevant 1990 courses; these courses may not be used to satisfy the standard requirements for a concentration. In order to qualify for honors, students must have an “A” average (3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale) in the concentration. 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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