The Major in Classics

All students majoring in Classics are required to emphasize one of the following three Emphases:

Classical Civilization

Description of Major

A major in Classical Civilization provides students with a flexible array of courses, centered around a core of language and literature from the Classical world. Students gain an intermediate proficiency with a relevant foreign language (satisfying their university language requirement), and are introduced to a broad spectrum of ancient literature. All remaining credits may be chosen from a large variety of courses, depending on students' goals and interests.

Degree Requirements

32 units, including:

  • 8 Units (2 Courses) in Intermediate Langauges, either Ancient Greek (GRK 201-202 or 212), Modern Greek (GRK 203-204), or Latin (LAT 201-202 or 212);*
  • 6 Units (2 Courses) in Literature in Translation Classes Classics 250A and Classics 250B;
  • 12 Upper Division Elective Units (4 Courses) selected from any Classics, Greek, or Latin courses numbered 300 or higher;
  • 6 Additional Elective Units (2 Courses) These courses may include Classics courses numbered 300 or higher or ANY* Greek or Latin course.

*1XX-level courses cannot be used to satisfy major/minor IF a.) that language is used to satisfy the University Foundations requirement and/or b.) that language is used to satisfy the language requirementsfor the classics Major (dictated by the emphasis).

N.B.: University policy does not allow courses offered for Tier 1 General Education credit to be applied to any major or minor.

Every undergraduate degree program requires satisfaction of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA).

 CLASSICS Department options for students who do not earn an "A" or "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109. In order to assure that students are adequately prepared for the required Writing Emphasis course in the major, the Department of CLASSICS requires that students earning less than a "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109 must do one of the following: receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B, which will be taught by tenure-stream faculty whenever practicable. Students who do not receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B must attend workshops and tutorial support through the Writing Skills Improvement Program or attend workshops and peer consultations through the Writing Center. In addition, students either must enroll in a two-unit Independent Study (CLASSICS 2xx) with the professor who taught the relevant 250a or 250b course (when practicable) and write a total of 10 pages (which may be either a single paper or several shorter papers) for a grade of "C" or higher, or GRO CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B for a grade of "C" or higher.

Contact an advisor to learn more about Classics or declare a major or minor today!
 

Greek

Description of Major

Greek is a foreign language major, with focus on developing the skill to read Ancient Greek fluently. Greek majors gain facility in reading a number of Ancient Greek authors in their original language, and build a broad base of familiarity with ancient literature and culture.  

Degree Requirements

32 units in Ancient Greek and Classics, including:
  • 8 Units (2 Courses) in Intermediate Langauge, Ancient Greek (GRK 201-202 or 212)
  • 6 Units (2 Courses) in Literature in Translation Classes Classics 250A and Classics 250B;
  • 12 Upper Division Elective Units (4 Courses) selected from any Greek courses numbered 300 or higher;
  • 6 Additional Elective Units (2 Courses) These courses may include Greek courses numbered 300 or higher or ANY Classics or Latin course.

Every undergraduate degree program requires satisfaction of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA).

N.B.: University policy does not allow courses offered for Tier 1 General Education credit to be applied to any major or minor.

CLASSICS Department options for students who do not earn an "A" or "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109. In order to assure that students are adequately prepared for the required Writing Emphasis course in the major, the Department of CLASSICS requires that students earning less than a "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109 must do one of the following: receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B, which will be taught by tenure-stream faculty whenever practicable. Students who do not receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B must attend workshops and tutorial support through the Writing Skills Improvement Program or attend workshops and peer consultations through the Writing Center. In addition, students either must enroll in a two-unit Independent Study (CLASSICS 2xx) with the professor who taught the relevant 250a or 250b course (when practicable) and write a total of 10 pages (which may be either a single paper or several shorter papers) for a grade of "C" or higher, or GRO CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B for a grade of "C" or higher.

Contact an advisor to learn more about Classics or declare a major or minor today!

 

Latin

Description of Major

Latin is a foreign language major, with focus on developing the skill to read Latin fluently.   Latin majors gain facility in reading a number of Latin authors in their original language, and build a broad base of familiarity with ancient literature and culture.  

Degree Requirements

32 units in Latin and Classics, including:

  • 8 Units (2 Courses) in Intermediate Langauge, Latin (Latin 201-202 or 212)
  • 6 Units (2 Courses) in Literature in Translation Classes Classics 250A and Classics 250B;
  • 12 Upper Division Elective Units (4 Courses) selected from any Latin courses numbered 300 or higher;
  • 6 Additional Elective Units (2 Courses) These courses may include Latin courses numbered 300 or higher or ANY Classics or Greek course.

Every undergraduate degree program requires satisfaction of the Mid-Career Writing Assessment (MCWA).

N.B.: University policy does not allow courses offered for Tier 1 General Education credit to be applied to any major or minor.

CLASSICS Department options for students who do not earn an "A" or "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109. In order to assure that students are adequately prepared for the required Writing Emphasis course in the major, the Department of CLASSICS requires that students earning less than a "B" in English 102, 108, 104 or 109 must do one of the following: receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B, which will be taught by tenure-stream faculty whenever practicable. Students who do not receive a "C" or higher in CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B must attend workshops and tutorial support through the Writing Skills Improvement Program or attend workshops and peer consultations through the Writing Center. In addition, students either must enroll in a two-unit Independent Study (CLASSICS 2xx) with the professor who taught the relevant 250a or 250b course (when practicable) and write a total of 10 pages (which may be either a single paper or several shorter papers) for a grade of "C" or higher, or GRO CLASSICS 250A or CLASSICS 250B for a grade of "C" or higher.

Contact an advisor to learn more about Classics or declare a major or minor today!