Degree Program in Classical Studies: Language and Literature Variant

Students who take the Language and Literature Variant may focus exclusively on Greek or exclusively on Latin, or they may study both languages with an emphasis on one or the other. The program assumes that, in addition to the requirements for the major, students have completed, or have credit for, a year of language study in either Greek or Latin. No course that is used to meet one of the following requirements may be used simultaneously to meet a requirement under any other category.

  1. Six courses in Greek or Latin in the major that must include the 20100-20300 sequence or higher in at least one language (e.g., LATN 20100-20200-20300-21100-21200-21300; or LATN 20100-20200-20300 and GREK 10100-10200-10300). 
  2. Six courses in Greek or Roman art, history, philosophy, religion, science, material culture, or classical literature in translation, with courses divided between at least two fields, and with approval of the director of undergraduate studies. Any course that carries a Classical Civilization listing or a Classics listing between 30100 and 39000 meets this requirement. Other eligible courses are offered in disciplines such as Art History, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Philosophy, and Political Science. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies.
  3. By the end of the Spring Quarter of their third year, students are required to submit to the director of undergraduate studies a research skills paper of around 10-12 pages as an email attachment as a Word or PDF file. The paper, which will normally substitute for a final paper in a Greek (above 20300), Latin (above 20300), Classical Civilization or Classics course, is designed to prepare students for the B.A. Paper. Students will be expected to develop a reasoned argument on a particular topic, based not only on primary materials (ancient literary texts; material culture; etc.) but also on research of relevant secondary bibliography. Students should declare at the start of the quarter if they wish to take a certain course in conjunction with the research skills paper and should work closely with the Faculty instructor throughout the quarter.
  4. The B.A. Paper Seminar (CLCV 29800), a one-quarter course spread over two quarters.

Summary of Requirements

  • 6 courses in Greek or Latin (must include 20100-20200-20300 or higher)
  • 6 courses in Greek or Roman history, philosophy, science, religion, art, or classical literature in translation
  • 1 B.A. Paper Seminar (CLCV 29800)
  • 13 total courses