Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, and we offer courses – both in English and in the original languages – that treat the whole range of ancient culture, from its mythology to its philosophy, from its law to its literature. The faculty are engaged in undergraduate teaching at all levels, and our concentrators benefit from unusually high levels of personal attention in independent research as well as in undergraduate seminars.
Tracks for Classics Concentrators
The Department of Classics offers three tracks of study for Concentrators: Classics, Classical Studies, and Ancient History. The first, Classics, uses knowledge of Greek or Latin (or both languages) as a gateway to the study of the literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. The second, Classical Studies, allows students to tailor a course of study to their particular area of interest, such as early Christianity, Roman law, ancient medicine, or the performance of Greek tragedy, by combining courses in the department with courses in other fields, such as theater studies, sociology, and religion. The third, Ancient History, is for students with a special interest in ancient social, economic, and political history and historical method. It combines larger survey courses with seminars that focus on particular periods and methods.
In each track, a total of eight courses is required, in addition to a seminar taken by all majors in the fall of the junior year. The Classical Studies and Ancient History programs do not require knowledge of Greek or Latin as a prerequisite, but both involve training in one of the ancient languages up to the intermediate level (108).
We also welcome students from other departments who have an interest in the ancient world and languages through our certificate program in Greek or Latin. A student can receive a certificate by completing three Greek and/or Latin courses beyond the introductory level and a project of independent work, usually a substantial research paper. Interested students should contact the departmental representative by the start of the senior year.
Students with an interest in the Greek world after antiquity should consider a certificate in the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies.