Requirements for the Classical Philology Major


24 advanced credits:
18 of these must be in the chosen major language (Greek or Latin), selected from offerings at the 3000 level or above. Included in these 18 are:

1) The Advanced Grammar and Composition (Greek 3324 or Latin 3324)
2) Junior Paper. (At the end of the junior year the Classics major writes a research paper of 15- 20 pages. The general topic of the paper is determined by the subject of one of the advanced literature courses in the major language for which the student is enrolled during the second semester.)
3) Senior Project: Written and presented orally at the end of the senior year.

The remaining 6:
Six additional credits are selected from offerings at the 3000 level or above in the major or second language or, by permission of the program advisor, may be chosen from advanced offerings in literature, politics, philosophy, history, etc. Whenever possible, the classics faculty will assist the student in doing work in the related field in the appropriate language.

The second language: (Latin or Greek) must be completed through the intermediate level. Advanced courses are recommended.
Reading knowledge of one modern language, preferably German, is determined through an examination administered by the program advisor in consultation with professors in the appropriate language. The student must pass this examination no later than the end of the junior year. Junior Paper: Written at the end of the junior year.

Comprehensive Examination:
There are three parts, written on three different dates.Passing the comprehensive is a requirement for graduation.

A. Ancient History 2-3 hours.
B. Philology (includes accurate and literate translation into English, and general knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of your major language), 2-3 hours.
C. Literary criticism.



Suggested Sequence for the Bachelor of Arts in Classical Philology

The following outline assumes that the student is able to study Latin at the intermediate level in the freshman year. If the student must begin with Latin 1301 or 1305, he or she should plan to take one or more courses during at least one summer session. The outline also assumes that Classical Philology majors will participate in the Rome Program in the spring semester of the sophomore year.


Year I

Fall and Spring (30 credits)

  • Latin 2311 Intermediate Latin I: Roman Prose
  • Greek 1301 Elementary Greek
  • English 1301 Literary Traditions I
  • Philosophy 1301 Philosophy and the Ethical Life
  • Politics 1311 Principles of American Politics

  • Latin 2312 Intermediate Latin II: Roman Prose
    or Economics 1311 Fundamentals of Economics
  • Greek 1302 Elementary Greek II
  • English 1302 Literary Traditions II
  • Theology 1310 Understanding the Bible
  • Art, Drama, Math, Music


Year II

Fall and Spring (30 credits) Spring is typically spent in Rome

  • Adv. Major Language
  • Greek 2315 Intermediate Greek
  • English 2312 Literary Traditions IV
  • History 2302 Western Civilization II
  • Art, Drama, Math, Music

  • English 2311 Literary Traditions III
  • History 2301 Western Civilization I
  • Theology 2311 Western Theological Tradition
  • Philosophy 2323 Philosophy of Man
  • Art 2311 Art and Architecture of Rome


Year III

Fall and Spring (32 credits)

  • Adv. Major Language
  • Philosophy 3311 Philosophy of Being
  • Science
  • History 1311 American Civilization I
  • Elective or Modern Language

  • Adv. Major Language
  • Science
  • History 1312 American Civilization II
  • Elective or Modern Language
  • Elective


Year IV

Fall and Spring (30 credits)

  • Advanced Major Language 3324
  • Philosophy 3325 Ancient Philosophy
    or 4335 Philosophy of Language
  • Economics 1311 Fundamentals of Economics or Elective
  • Major or Second Language or Related Field/CLC
  • Elective or Modern Language

  • Adv. Major Language
  • Senior Project 4342
  • Major or Second Language or Related Field/CLC
  • Elective or Modern Language
  • Elective