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Requirements for BA in Classics

The major in classics is language-centered. Course work in Greek and Latin is supplemented by studies in ancient literature, religion, philosophy, history, and art. The goal of the major is to be able to analyze and interpret significant texts in the ancient languages and to understand their cultural context. Students may chose a major in classics (both languages), or in Greek or Latin alone; all majors, however, are encouraged to take at least one year of each language, if possible.

A minimum of 11 courses is required, including:

  1. At least six courses in the major language numbered 103 or above.
  2. A course focusing on the history of the ancient world, e.g, CLA 102, CLA 210.
  3. A course focusing on the philosophical writings of the ancient world, e.g., CLA 142, CLA 202.
  4. A course surveying the literature and/or mythology of the ancient world, e.g, CLA 135, CLA 140.

A senior project is required, demonstrating the student's ability to meaningfully interpret an ancient text or texts, read in the original language; it may be completed as part of a senior thesis or in connection with requirements for any other classics course.

Honors in Classics

Students may earn their degree in Classics with honors. This program is open only to students who have compiled a superior academic record, who by virtue of their previous coursework are prepared to pursue an advanced research project, and who are capable of independent work of high quality. The honors sequence culminates in the successful completion and defense of a senior thesis. Typically, students undertake the senior thesis for honors after completing an independent study as preparation in a previous semester.

The following examples should help to distinguish between an independent study or senior project in classics and the senior project, taken as part of an honors sequence, in terms of their increasing specificity or depth:

Criteria for Honors in Classics

  1. An overall GPA of at least 3 (B).
  2. A departmental GPA of at least 3.7 (A-) by the start of the seventh semester or senior year.
  3. A language GPA of at least 3.3 (B+) in the primary language (Latin or Greek) in courses beyond the introductory sequence (101-102).
  4. Eight credits of honors course work with a grade of at least B+ selected from the following honors courses: an upper-level language course in the language (Latin or Greek) of the primary subject of the Senior Thesis, CLA 389 (Junior/Senior Seminar), CLA 391 (Independent Study), CLA 392 (Honors Research).
  5. Completion of CLA 389, 391, or 392 with at least an A, normally in the fall semester of the senior year.
  6. Completion of CLA 393 (Senior Project).
  7. A successful oral defense of the thesis.

Requirements and Deadlines

  1. The student should find a faculty member who is willing to serve as the adviser for CLA 391 or 392.
  2. The student should write a brief proposal which describes the thesis project to be undertaken. The student should secure the signature of a thesis adviser, indicating his or her endorsement of the project, and then submit the proposal to the Chair of the Department. The Chair will approve it, disapprove it, or approve it subject to modification, and the Chair will appoint a second reader. The deadline for application is DECEMBER 1 for students who plan to graduate at the end of the following spring semester.
  3. Enroll in CLA 393.
  4. The student should arrange a meeting with the second reader to discuss the proposed project.
  5. By the end of the second week of the spring semester, the candidate should have prepared a substantial bibliography and outline of research for the thesis. This should be done in consultation with and approved by the thesis adviser.
  6. The student should complete the thesis under the supervision of both readers. Students are strongly encouraged to provide both readers with drafts of the thesis so that the suggestions of the readers may be taken into account. The final draft should be completed by the end of the twelfth week of classes.
  7. The student will schedule an oral defense with the two readers. This must be held before the end of the reading period at the end of the semester.
  8. The readers will make a recommendation to the Chair as to whether honors should be awarded. The Chair will contact the student prior to graduation to inform the student whether the degree will be awarded with honors. If honors is denied, the student will receive a grade and credit for a Senior Project.
  9. The student should provide each reader and the Department Office with a copy of the final accepted version of the thesis within 48 hours after the defense.