If you are thinking about graduate school in Classics, add Latin and Greek to your Classical Civilization major and talk to your advisor!

About Classical Civilization

Classical Civilization is the study of the history and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Course offerings cover every aspect of life in the ancient world, including politics, warfare, law, slavery, gender and sexuality, religion and magic, sports and leisure, death, drama and philosophical thought. These topics are explored through the study of ancient texts in translation and the archaeological record.


Need a way to manage your degree requirements? The easy to use Classical Civilization checklist is available here!

New Concentration

Old Concentration

Most students choose to concentrate in Classical Civilization because of their fascination with the ancient world. Nevertheless, Classical Civilization is also an excellent educational experience. Study of the ancient past increases understanding of the present because of the great debt of the modern world to the classical past. In addition, the striking differences between ancient civilization and our own help put the modern world into perspective. More practically speaking, courses in Classical Civilization enhance basic skills such as critical thinking and competence in written and oral communication.

Although knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required for this concentration, we encourage concentrators to learn the ancient languages. Concentrators should be aware that graduate programs in Classical Studies and Ancient History usually require at least three years of study of Greek and Latin. If you are interested in applying for graduate school, speak to your advisor as soon as possible.

Concentration

New Concentration requirements (effective as of Jan. 1, 2005. Students declaring after this date must follow these requirements.)

Prerequisites:
Requires a minimum of 2 courses from the following choices, for a total of 8 credit hours. One course must emphasize Greek culture and the other course must emphasize Roman culture.

  • Classical Civilization 101: The Ancient Greek World
  • Classical Civilization 102: The Ancient Roman World
  • History 200: Greece to 201 B.C.
  • History 201: Rome
  • Great Books 191

Requirements: A minimum of 9 courses of at least 3 credits each.

  1. 5 courses (minimum 15 credits) in Classical Civilization at the 300 or 400 level, with at least two of these at the 400 level. These courses must include at least one course in literature and one course in religion/philosophy. One course in Ancient Greek or Latin may substitute for one of these Classical Civilization courses.
  2. 1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Classical Archaeology.
  3. 1 course (minimum 3 credits) in Ancient Greek or Roman history. This requirement is separate from any History course that may have been taken as a prerequisite to the concentration.
  4. 1 upper-level elective cognate course (minimum 3 credits) outside the division of Classical Civilization. Latin 231 or 232 may also count to meet this requirement.
  5. The "Capstone Seminar", taking either:
    Classical Civilization 480: Studying Antiquity
    Classical Civilization 481: Classical Tradition

Old Concentration, discontinued as of Dec. 31, 2004. Students who declared before this date may still follow these concentration requirements, or may elect to follow the new requirements instead.

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rerequisites:
Requires a minimum of 2 courses from the following choices, for a total of 8 credit hours. One course must emphasize Greek culture and the other course must emphasize Roman culture.

  • Classical Civilization 101: The Ancient Greek World
  • Classical Civilization 102: The Ancient Roman World
  • History 200: Greece to 201 B.C.
  • History 201: Rome
  • Great Books 191

Requirements: A minimum of 9 courses of at least 3 credits each.

  1. At least two introductory or intermediate courses numbered between 200 and 380
  2. At least five upper level courses [numbered at 380 and above] in the fields of: Classical Civilization, Ancient History, or Classical Archaeology. These five courses should be distributed in the following subject areas: ancient history, archaeology, literature, religion or philosophy.
    [Greek or Latin language courses taken above the introductory level of Greek 102 or Latin 231 will also count toward this requirement.]
  3. At least one upper level course in a cognate field such as: Anthropology, English Language and Literature, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Women's Studies.
  4. The "Capstone Seminar", taking either:
    Classical Civilization 480: Studying Antiquity
    Classical Civilization 481: Classical Tradition

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Honors Concentration

In addition to the concentration requirements stated above (with the exception of the capstone seminar, CLCIV 480/481), Honors candidates must achieve fourth-term proficiency, as defined by the LS&A language requirement, in either Ancient Greek or Latin. They must also take two upper-level cognate courses deemed relevant (at the discretion of the thesis advisor) to the subject of the Honors thesis. Honors students receive six credits during their senior year for researching and writing the Honors thesis (CLCIV 495); they must offer an oral defense of this work, in a form to be agreed upon with their thesis advisor. The thesis should be a minimum of 40 pages in length. Interested students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 should contact their concentration advisor no later than the winter term of their junior year at the latest.

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