Major Requirements

Note: starting in 2014-2015, majors will have the option of completing the senior capstone requirement either by taking Classics 401 in the fall or by taking Classics 401 and then continuing into the spring semester to expand their work in the seminar into a full-year thesis. Students working toward Honors in Classics must write a full-year thesis.

Classics

The classical studies major—Twelve courses are required, and students must earn a grade of at least C- in each. The requirements include:

  • CLCV 203. Classical Mythology. This survey course provides an introduction to literature and culture, as well as a unit on reception as the culmination of the semester. Offered in years one and three of the curriculum cycle.
  • CLCV 111. Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology. Offered in years two and four of the curriculum cycle.
  • At least 1 course in ancient Greek and/or Roman history (e.g., HIST 115, HIST 116, HIST 334, etc.). Courses that fulfill this requirement are normally offered every term.
  • CLAS 401-402 (the department's year-long, 1-credit senior seminar, which includes a thesis and fulfills the Writing Intensive Part II requirement).
  • One or more of the following concentrations:
    • Ancient and Biblical Greek. Students take at least six courses in ancient and Biblical Greek. Coursework in linguistics (e.g., LING 101) is strongly recommended. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this track.
    • Latin. Students take at least six courses in Latin. Coursework in linguistics (e.g., LING 101) is strongly recommended. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this track.
    • Classical Art and Archaeology. Students take at least four courses in classical art, architecture, and/or archaeology; and at least two semesters of either Latin or ancient Greek. CHEM 150, CHEM 155, and GEOL 112 are strongly recommended. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this track.
    • Greek and Roman History. Students take at least four courses in Greek and/or Roman history; HIST 299; and at least two semesters of either Latin or ancient Greek. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this track.
    • Classical Literature, Culture, and Society. Students take at least four CLCV literature-in-translation courses; at least one course in Latin or ancient Greek; and at least two approved courses selected from the following departments and programs: AHIS, ANTH, ENGL, HIST, JWST, LACS, PHIL, POLS, RELG, WGST.
    • Ancient Philosophy. Students take at least four courses in ancient Greek and/or Roman philosophy and political thought (e.g., PHIL 101, 102, 232, 281, 307, 308, or 334; POLS 219, 334) and at least two semesters of either Latin or ancient Greek. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this option.
    • Cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean and Asia. This is an option for students who are interested in the study of religion, and for students with interest in ancient Asia Minor, the Levant, Mesopotamia, North Africa, and/or the Nile Valley. Students take at least two semesters of either Latin or ancient Greek; and at least four approved courses selected from the following departments and programs: AHIS, CLCV, HIST, JWST, RELG. Students interested in the Silk Road and related cultural interconnections between the Greco-Roman cultures and the East should take HIST 241. Students will be able to fulfill the college-wide language requirement through this track.
    • Classical Tradition. This concentration is strongly interdisciplinary, focusing on aspects of reception studies. The student may fashion this into a focused program (e.g., in art history) or a widely interdisciplinary one (e.g., about French reception but across several departments). Students take at least one course in Latin or ancient Greek; and at least four approved courses in one or more of the following departments and programs: AHIS, ANTH, CLCV, ENGL, HIST, JWST, LACS, PHIL, POLS, RELG, THDN, WMGS.

The Plan B major—Under this plan, students may combine ancient Greek or Latin with any of the languages taught in the Department of Language and Culture Studies. A minimum of seven courses in a primary language and five in a secondary language is required, as well as two courses in a cognate field or fields (e.g., ancient art, ancient history, archaeology). A paper integrating the three fields of study must be completed in one of the primary language upper-level courses. Except under exceptional circumstances, this project will be undertaken in the primary language section's senior seminar and must be done at Trinity College.

The award of honors is determined by the excellence of the candidate's work in courses and performance in the senior seminar.

For students who wish to pursue graduate study, command of both classical languages is essential; a reading knowledge of French and German is also recommended. For courses in Biblical Hebrew and Sanskrit, see the offerings of the Religion Department; for post-classical languages, see the Department of Language and Culture Studies.