Declaring a Classics Major

No special pre-college preparation is necessary to pursue a major in Classics, and students declaring in the beginning of their junior year have successfully completed the program.   If you're transferring from GSP another college, it is possible to graduate with a Classics degree in four years.  We encourage students to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies as soon as possible so that we can help you make the most of your time in the Department. 

Students interested in declaring a major in Classics should make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.   In that first meeting, the DUGS assists the student in identifying main interests, choosing one of the Department's several major tracks, and selecting courses for the coming year.  The DUGS also reviews opportunities to get involved in research and to pursue Honors study.  Because opportunities to study Latin and ancient Greek in NYU's sites abroad are currently limited to NYU in Athens summer program, students are alerted to programs like Duke's ICCS in Rome and Sicily and College Year in Athens.  The DUGS will also discuss possibilities for study in archaeology, history, ancient science, and comparative literature abroad (especially at NYU sites in Florence, Madrid, Athens, and London).  Students curious about graduate study should mention this right away, since this will likely affect the DUGS' recommendations for coursework. 


Once the major is declared, students must meet with the DUGS each semester to secure approval for their courses for the upcoming semester.  Registration is blocked until courses are approved.  If you are studying abroad, you should call or e-mail the DUGS your course plan and/or registration questions. 

The DUGS is responsible for helping students advance smoothly toward fulfillment of the major and for advising about summer study, the steps leading to Honors, graduate studies, and related matters.  Classics majors should also keep in mind that regular faculty are available to advise them regarding coursework, plans for future study, and so on.  You are warmly encouraged to seek out professors whose teaching and research interests you.  Dropping in on office hours once or twice a semester through your junior and senior years will enhance your experience in the Department and help the faculty write you well-informed letters of reference.  

Students seeking Honors should raise this issue as soon as possible with the DUGS, who will assist in narrowing down areas of research and arranging Honors thesis advising in the senior year.  These students are strongly advised to take at least one small seminar in the junior year (ideally an Advanced Honors seminar, but regular seminars are acceptable) which will provide useful pre-thesis experience with research.  Presidential Scholars should remember that the Honors fall seminar and spring thesis are required elements in their program.  Honors study is highly recommended for students interested in graduate study in Classics.