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.

Classical Studies

REQUIREMENTS

Twelve courses are required; students must earn a grade of at least C- in each (per College policy, courses taken as “pass/low-pass/fail” may not be counted toward the major or minor).

Classical Studies majors choose one or more concentration to fulfill, in addition to completing the four core courses:

Concentrations:

  • Ancient and Biblical Greek. Students take at least six courses in ancient and Biblical Greek. Course work 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. Course work 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 155 and ENVS 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, WMGS.
  • Ancient Philosophy. Students take at least four courses in ancient Greek and/or Roman philosophy and political thought (e.g., PHIL 101, 281 or 334; POLS 219) 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. Students combine the study of Greek and/or Roman culture and history with the study of religion and/or a region where Greek and/or Roman culture was influential outside of those political centers (e.g., ancient Asia Minor, the Levant, Mesopotamia, North Africa, 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.

Core courses required of all majors:

  • CLCV 203. Classical Mythology. This survey course provides an introduction to classical literature and culture, as well as an introduction to classical reception studies. It is typically offered every fall semester.
  • CLCV 111. Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology. Offered in years two and four of the curriculum cycle.
  • One course in ancient Greek and/or Roman history (e.g., HIST 116, HIST 334, etc.). One or more courses that fulfill this requirement are normally offered every term.
  • \underline{CLAS 401. Senior Seminar}. The department's senior exercise includes the Writing Intensive Part II requirement.

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, Greek and Roman 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.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Honors. The award of honors is determined by the excellence of the candidate's work in courses and in a senior thesis written under the direction of a faculty member in the department. To earn honors, a student must earn an average of A- or better in the twelve courses required for the major and an A- or better on the thesis, which is completed through CLAS 402 in the spring semester of the senior year.

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

Study abroad. For special programs at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies at Rome, Trinity College's Rome Campus, or the summer excavations at Akko, Israel, see “Special Curricular Opportunities,'' p.~\pageref{specialcurricularopps:specialcurricularopps}. The department also recommends programs in classics and ancient history offered by universities in the United Kingdom under the auspices of Arcadia University.

Prizes. Five prizes are offered annually for achievement in Greek and Latin translation: the Williams Prize for First-Year Greek; the Barbour Prize for Intermediate Greek; the Notopoulos Prize for Intermediate Latin; the Goodwin Prize for Advanced Greek; and the Title Prize for Advanced Latin. For further information, see the section on prizes.