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Classics Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Ten courses in the archaeology, literature, and languages of Classical antiquity. At least one must be an appropriate archaeology course. Six courses must be in Latin above the intermediate level (i.e., LAT 300 level or above). The remaining three courses should be chosen from courses in ancient studies that deal with Classical languages and cultures (CLA, LAT, GRK, HON, HIS, PHL, REL).

Learning Goals and Objectives for the Classics Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Learning Goal

Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of Latin and Greek language, literature, history, and material culture and their connections with other academic disciplines such as history, archaeology, philosophy, theology, gender studies, and the social and natural sciences. They will understand the significant ways in which the Classics have influenced and shaped the modern world.


  • Students will develop a proficiency in translating and reading aloud Greek and Latin poetry and prose.
  • Achieve greater understanding and mastery of Greek and Latin vocabulary, morphology, grammar and syntax.
  • Explore and discuss major themes and ideologies in the literature and material culture of Greece and Rome.
  • Understand the social, political, religious, philosophical, economic, and legal dimensions of Greek and Roman civilization.
  • Develop cogent, well organized and thoroughly researched written and oral presentations of Greek and Latin language, literature, and civilization.

Ancient Cultures Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Ten courses in ancient studies, at least six of which must be at the 300 level or above. At least one must be an archaeology course. The remaining courses may be chosen from any of the groups below. To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students must take courses from at least three groups. No more than three of these ten courses may be chosen from any one group except in the case of the language group, where no such restriction applies. In addition to achieving intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language, students must take at least two additional courses in either an ancient language or an appropriate symbolic language. These two courses may be any two advanced courses (above the intermediate level) in the first ancient language; any two courses at any level in a second ancient language; or any two courses in mathematics and/or computer science above MAT 162 (Calculus II) and CSC 120 (Computer Science I). Students who use a symbolic language (mathematics or computer science) instead of an ancient language for this two-course requirement still must take at least ten courses in ancient studies.

Learning Goal and Objectives for the Ancient Cultures Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Learning Goal

Achieve a critical awareness of (a) important historical and social dimensions of multiple cultures from the ancient world; (b) various tools and methods used in the study of those cultures; and (c) the relevance of these issues, tools, and methods for the study of humans in other cultures and time periods.


  • Students will study and demonstrate an appreciation for the material culture of the ancient world and the significance of such study for understanding an ancient society.
  • Students will read extensively in primary textual sources (in translation) and demonstrate competency in the use of those sources for the study of historical and social developments in the ancient world.
  • Students will explore scholarly points of view on the ancient world and demonstrate an ability to utilize and assess such scholarship.
  • Students will study one or more relevant languages and demonstrate an intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language.
  • Students will become familiar with broader theoretical frameworks that help to integrate the study of ancient cultures into research in other relevant fields.