- Students will be able to read Greek and/or Latin with good comprehension of content, style, and nuance.
- Students will have a clear appreciation of the power of language and of aesthetic issues relating to language.
- Students will be able to think critically and write persuasively.
- Students will know and understand the origins of key concepts and institutions in Western thought.
- Students will have an appreciation of the multicultural nature of classical antiquity as a means to better understand our comparably multicultural world.
- Students will acquire facility in interdisciplinary thinking and develop an ability to think outside the boundaries of traditional disciplines.
- Students will read with attention to content, style, and nuance intermediate texts in Greek.
- Students will read and discuss select passages of either Vergil's epic Aeneid or Homer's Iliad and/or Odyssey in the original with attention to content, style, and literary technique.
- Students will display both in oral translation and discussion in class as well as written assignments facility with the works and historical context of at least two different Latin or Greek authors or literary genres.
- Students will display an understanding of at least four different topic areas in classical antiquity (e.g., "The Multicultural Roman Empire" or "Classical Mythology") through classroom performance and critical essays.
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for a major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:
- At least six three-credit courses in Latin or Greek. Of the language courses, at least two must be in Greek and at least four must be at the intermediate or advancee level. Introductory Latin I (LT 101 ) does not count for the major.
- Six classical civilization courses (in translation; most are crosslisted with other departments). Additional Greek and/or Latin courses may be substituted for up to two of these courses. Up to two departmentally-approved courses focusing on the ancient world that are not officially crosslisted in the Classics Department may double-count as classical civilization courses for the major.
- HN 201 may be double-counted as one of the classical civilization courses. Honors Program seminars on classical topics may be double-counted as classical civilization courses with the approval of both the department chair and the Honors Program director (Class of 2016 and 2017 only).
- The Senior Honors Thesis (CL 450 ) is an honors option available to qualified senior majors. The course involves an independent study and a thesis, and it may be substituted for up to two major courses.
- For students double-majoring in classical civilization and an allied major (such as English, history, art history, philosophy, political science, or theology), the department allows departmentally-approved courses to double-count for both majors so long as the other department chair also agrees. Students interested in double-majoring should consult both departments early in their career.
- PL 200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course**
- English Core**
- History Core**
- Classical Civilization Elective *
- Latin Elective*
* Required for major.
** Terms may be interchanged.
- CL 211 , CL 212 , CL 213 , CL 214 , and CL 218 are cross-listed with English. These courses fulfill English core requirements, as well as classical civilization major/minor requirements.
- CL 241 , CL 308 , and CL 309 are cross-listed with fine arts. CL 308 and CL 309 fulfill art history and visual arts major requirements, as well as classical civilization major/minor requirements.
- CL 300 , CL 301 , CL 302 , CL 312 , CL 313 , CL 314 , CL 320 , CL 322 , CL 324 , CL 326 , CL 327 , CL 329 , CL 334 , CL 337 , CL 420 , and CL 421 are cross-listed with history. These courses fulfill history core requirements, as well as classical civilization and history major/minor requirements.
- CL 358 , CL 359 , CL 366 , CL 367 , CL 368 , and CL 405 are cross-listed with philosophy. These courses fulfill classical civilization and philosophy major/minor requirements.
- CL 380 , CL 381 , and CL 388 are cross-listed with political science. These courses fulfill classical civilization and political science major/minor requirements.
- CL 224 , CL 225 , CL 229 , CL 231 , CL 246 , CL 335 , CL 346 , CL 347 , CL 355 , CL 356 , and CL 364 are cross-listed with theology. The 200-level courses fulfill theology core requirements. All of these courses fulfill classical civilization and theology major/minor requirements.
- Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).