Degree Program in Classical Studies: Language Intensive Variant

The Language Intensive Variant is designed for students who expect to continue Classical Studies at the graduate level. It aims to provide the level of linguistic proficiency in both Greek and Latin that is commonly expected of applicants to rigorous graduate programs. 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. Students must also use some of their general electives to meet the language requirements of this program variant.

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 one classical language (Greek or Latin) at the 20000 level or above and six courses or the equivalent in the other (three of which may be at the introductory level).
  2. Four 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: Language Intensive Variant

  • 6 courses in Greek*
  • 6 courses in Latin*
  • 4 courses in Greek or Roman art, history, philosophy, science, religion, or classical literature in translation
  • 1 B.A. Paper Seminar (CLCV 29800)
  • 17 total courses

* Six courses in one classical language (Greek or Latin) at the 20000 level or above and six courses or the equivalent in the other (three of which may be at the introductory level).