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Classical Languages

The concentration in Classical Languages is one of two concentrations within the major of Classical Studies. Students of Classical Languages study ancient Greek, Latin, and/or Hebrew, as well as the rich cultural traditions of Greece, Rome, Israel, ancient Mesopotamia, and Egypt. Through the comparative study of these ancient languages and literatures, students in Classical languages acquire additional cultural literacy as they examine critically the ancient beliefs, values, and traditions that have shaped modern cultures.

The concentration in Classical Languages best prepares students for graduate school in the discipline of Classics or the fields of Ancient History and Ancient Philosophy. Students in Classical Languages pursue successfully careers in law, medicine, and publishing, as well as graduate school in Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and Classical Archaeology.

Major in Classical Studies, Concentration: Classical Languages

Consists of eleven courses:

  • GREK 101 (see note below)
  • GREK 102
  • LATN 101
  • LATN 102
  • Three of the following courses: GREK 200, 250, 300, 350, LATN 200, 250, 300, or 350
  • One of the following courses: AMST 220, 221, 223, 226, 261, HIST 202 or 203
  • Junior Independent Study: CLST 401
  • Senior Independent Study: CLST 451
  • Senior Independent Study: CLST 452

Minor in Classical Studies, Concentration: Classical Languages

Consists of six courses:

  • GREK 101 and 102, or LATN 101 and 102
  • Four of the following courses: GREK 200, 250, 300, 350, LATN 200, 250, 300, or 350

Special Notes

  • Language Requirement and Courses: Incoming students who have previously studied Latin or Ancient Greek will be placed in the appropriate languages courses through the College's foreign language placement exams, which are administered during Summer registration for first year students. Students may satisfy the College's language requirement by testing out of GREK 101 and 102 or LATN 101 and 102. If a student completes a language course below the level recommended by the placement exam, the student will not receive credit toward graduation for that course without prior permission of the Department Chair. The College's advanced placement policy is explained in the section on Admission.
  • Majors who intend to pursue graduate studies in Classics are strongly urged to complete four years of Ancient Greek and four years of Latin.
  • S/NC courses are not permitted in the major or minor.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.