Degree Requirements

The Department of Classical Languages offers majors and minors in three areas: Greek, Latin, and Classical studies.

A major in Greek requires twenty-seven hours in the department beyond Greek 112. Twenty-one of these hours must be in Greek courses; Greek 225 and CLA 275 are required.

A minor in Greek requires fifteen hours: Greek 153; two 200-level courses in Greek; CLA 275; and one additional course in Greek (200-level), Latin, or classics.

A major in Latin requires twenty-seven hours in the department beyond Latin 153. Eighteen of these hours must be in Latin courses; Latin 250 and CLA 276 are required.

A minor in Latin requires fifteen hours: three 200-level courses in Latin; CLA 276; and one additional course in Greek, Latin (200-level), or classics.

A major in classical studies requires thirty hours. A minimum of twenty-four hours must be taken in the department. The following are required:

  • One 200-level course in Greek or Latin (prerequisites to this course do not count toward the thirty required hours);
  • CLA 275 and CLA 276;
  • CLA 281; d. At least one course from the following: ART 241. (Ancient Art); ART 244. (Greek Art); ART 245. (Roman Art); HST 308. (Alexander the Great); PHI 232. (Ancient Greek Philosophy); PHI 331. (Plato); PHI 332. (Aristotle); POL 271. (Classical Political Thought); REL 314. (Ancient Israel and Her Neighbors). Other courses may be substituted by permission of the department.

A minor in classical studies requires a minimum of eighteen hours in the department, of which no more than seven may be in Greek or Latin courses. CLA 275 or 276 and CLA 281 are required.

The requirements for certification to teach Latin in high school are the same as the requirements for a major in Latin. A major in classical studies may serve as an appropriate part of the program of studies required for certification to teach Latin in high school. A student wishing to secure this certification should confer with the departmental chair.

 Honors

Highly qualified majors are invited by the department to participate in the honors program in Latin, Greek, or classical studies. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Latin,” “Honors in Greek,” or “Honors in Classical Studies,” a student must complete an honors research project and pass a comprehensive oral examination. For additional information, members of the departmental faculty should be consulted. (Refer to the section “Honors Study” in this bulletin for minimum college requirements.)

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