Typical Programs of Study

All Classics tracks require a minimum of 40 points (normally, ten 4 point courses).   However, we find that majors with no prior experience in classical studies are usually best served by taking 12-14 courses, which enriches their language studies with work in history, art/archaeology, classical civilization and classical literature.  These last two categories include various literary genres (epic, lyric, drama, novel, oratory, historiography), philosophy, religion, political thought, gender and sexuality studies, mythology, ancient mathematics and science.  Students planning graduate studies also generally take at least 12-14 courses, with a special emphasis on advanced language work and small seminars (including Honors work) in the junior and senior years. 

Typical Programs of Study (consult the DUGS for individualized advice)

Classics majors declaring in sophomore year with no language experience, seeking an intensive program, possibly interested in Classics graduate work

  • freshman year: MAP courses, a freshman seminar, a couple of electives
  • sophomore fall: Elementary Latin I; finish MAP requirements
  • sophomore spring: Elementary Latin II; an ancient history or classical civilizations course
  • junior fall: Intermediate Latin I; Elementary Greek I; 1-2 courses in art or archaeology, history, literature, or classical civilizations; ideally, at least one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar
  • junior spring: Intermediate Latin II; Elementary Greek II; 1-2 courses in art or archaeology, history, literature, or classical civilizations; ideally, at least one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar 
  • senior fall: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek I; a seminar or lecture course in area of interest
  • senior spring: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek II; a seminar or lecture course in area of interest


Classics majors declaring in sophomore year with no language experience, interested mainly in language and literature

  • freshman year: MAP courses, a freshman seminar, a couple of electives
  • sophomore fall: Elementary Latin I; finish MAP requirements
  • sophomore spring: Elementary Latin II; 1 history or classical literature in translation course (e.g., Ancient Epic, Greek Drama, the Novel); linguistics or comparative literature course (not counted toward the major, but a typical choice)
  • junior fall: Intermediate Latin I; Elementary Greek I
  • junior spring: Intermediate Latin II; Elementary Greek II; 1 course in classical civilizations or classical literature in translation; ideally, one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar 
  • senior fall: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek I; comparative literature course (not counted toward the major, but a typical choice)
  • senior spring: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek II


Classics majors declaring in the freshman year with solid high school language experience

  • freshman year: MAP courses, a freshman seminar, Advanced Latin
  • sophomore fall: Advanced Latin; an ancient history or art/archaeology lecture course; finish MAP requirements
  • sophomore spring: Advanced Latin; a history or classical civilizations or literature course
  • junior fall: Elementary Greek I; a course in art or archaeology, history, or classical civilizations; ideally, one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar
  • junior spring: Elementary Greek II; Advanced Latin; 1-2 courses in art or archaeology, history, or classical civilizations; ideally, one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar 
  • senior fall: Intermediate Greek I; a seminar or lecture course in area of interest
  • senior spring: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek II; a seminar or lecture course in area of interest


Classical Civilizations majors declaring at the end of the sophomore year with no prior language experience (including students wishing to switch majors or pursuing double majors)

  • freshman year: MAP courses, a freshman seminar, a couple of electives
  • sophomore year: MAP courses, various electives
  • junior fall: Elementary Greek I; 1 course in history, classical civilizations, or literature
  • junior spring: Elementary Greek II; 2 courses in art/archaeology, history, literature, or classical civilization; ideally, one course in the junior year would be a seminar
  • senior fall: Intermediate Greek I; 2 courses in art/archaeology, history, or classical civilization
  • senior spring: Intermediate Greek II: 1 course in area of interest; ideally, at least one course in the senior year would be a seminar


Classical Civilizations or Classics majors declaring at the end of the sophomore year, interested in graduate study in Classics

  • freshman year: MAP courses, electives
  • sophomore year: MAP courses, electives
  • junior fall: Elementary Latin I; 1 course in history, literature, or classical civilization
  • junior spring: Elementary Latin II; 2 courses in art or archaeology, history, literature, or classical civilizations; ideally, one of these courses would be a seminar 
  • summer between junior and senior year: intensive language institute covering two years of ancient Greek
  • senior fall: Intermediate Latin I; Advanced Greek; Honors seminar; lecture course in history, literature, art/archaeology, or classical civilization
  • senior spring: Intermediate Latin II; Advanced Greek; Honors thesis


Classics/Fine Arts majors declaring in sophomore year

  • freshman year: MAP courses, electives
  • sophomore fall: finish MAP requirements; electives 
  • sophomore spring: Introduction to Archaeology; 1 course in ancient history
  • junior fall: Elementary Greek I; 1 art/archaeology course (Archaic and Classical Art or Hellenistic and Roman Art are both required for the major); or Archaeology: Early Societies and Cultures (in Anthropology).  Courses offered in the art and archaeology of the ancient world in the Art History, Near Eastern Studies, or Anthropology departments may count toward the major, with permission from the Classics DUGS.
  • junior spring: Elementary Greek II; 1 course in ancient art/archaeology (Archaic and Classical Art or Hellenistic and Roman Art are both required for the major); 1 course in classical civilizations or classical literature in translation; ideally, one of these courses in the junior year would be a seminar 
  • senior fall: Intermediate Greek I; 1 course in ancient art/archaeology (ideally, a seminar or small lecture)
  • senior spring: Intermediate Greek II


Classics/Fine Arts majors declaring during the sophomore year, interested in graduate study in Classical Archaeology

  • freshman year: MAP courses, electives
  • sophomore fall: MAP courses, electives
  • sophomore spring: Introduction to Archaeology; Archaic and Classical Art
  • summer between sophomore and junior year: intensive language study equivalent to two years of college study
  • junior fall: Advanced Latin;  Elementary Greek I; Hellenistic and Roman Art
  • junior spring: Advanced Latin; Elementary Greek II; 1 course in art or archaeology; 1 course in ancient history; ideally, one of these courses would be a seminar 
  • senior fall: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek I; 2 courses in art/archaeology
  • senior spring: Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek II; 1 course in art/archaeology; 1 course in ancient history


The DUGSs of Classics and Anthropology and Hellenic Studies are currently in consultation regarding model programs of study for these tracks.  Consult them for specialized information.