The Classical Languages major consists of 27 hours of work in Classics and related courses, beyond these four preliminary requirements: LAT 104 or 105, LAT 108 or 109 (or LAT 100 and LAT 101), GRK 104, and GRK 108. (Students who have already taken the equivalents of those courses will simply proceed to the next level). Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the Chair to substitute electives for one of the languages.

This major requires at least 15 hours in language courses starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301, 3 hours in ancient art and archaeology, 3 hours in ancient history, and 6 hours in electives.

Those students aiming for graduate school in Classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible -- at the very least, three years of one ancient language and two years of the other.

One course must be chosen from the history area (3 hours):

  • CLSX 230/330Greek Literature and Civilization
  • CLSX 240/340Roman Literature and Civilization
  • HIST 402Roman Military History
  • CLSX 502History and Development of Ancient Greece
  • HIST 506Roman Republic
  • HIST 507Early Roman Empire
  • HIST 508Late Roman Empire

Other courses may be substituted, but require written permission from the Chair.

One course must be chosen from the art and archaeology area (3 hours):

  • CLSX 151/351Introduction to Classical Archaeology
  • CLSX 525Aegean Art and Archaeology
  • CLSX 526Greek Art and Archaeology
  • CLSX 527Roman Art and Archaeology
  • CLSX 529Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
  • CLSX 538Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • CLSX 577Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean:__________*

Other courses may be substituted, but require written permission from the Chair.

Two courses must be chosen from these electives (6 hours): Any course listed above, any course in the Classics department, and PHIL 384, PHIL 508; PHIL 605, PHIL 607, PHIL 608, HWC 304, HWC 390, or other courses in allied fields as approved by the Chair.


Honors requires the student to write an honors essay. This requires acceptance into the Classics honors program by the chairperson or major advisor, and enrollment in either GRK 496 or LAT 496. Students interested in this option should discuss their plans with an adviser as early as their junior year. The deadline for approval of the proposed project is the Advising/Enrollment period of the fall before the student's final semester (for May graduation). Students are advised that some preparation before the final semester is desirable (and may even be required for certain projects). Students must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a major GPA of 3.50. See the website of the College for more information.