Classics

The Department of Classics offers a major in Classics (with concentrations in Classical Studies, Hellenic Studies, Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin), a minor in Classical Studies, and a minor in modern Greek.

The remarkable diversity of subject matter included under the term Classics allows for several areas of concentration within the Classics major. This same diversity also makes a minor in Classics compatible with a wide range of other departments in the University.

The Department of Classics offers courses in Latin and Greek at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate levels, including courses designed for students who have already been working at an advanced level for several years; in addition, the department offers courses in Classical Studies that explore ancient material and textual evidence through readings in English.

Major in ClassicS
Areas of Concentration

The department offers a major in Classics with specializations in Classical Studies, Hellenic Studies, Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin. Requirements for each are listed below.

Required Courses: Concentration in Classical Studies

11 courses, including:

  • two (2) classes in Latin (CLSL) or Greek (CLSG; but CLSL-001, if counted, must be followed by CLSL-002 or higher and CLSG-001, if counted, must be followed by CLSG-002 or higher)
  • two (2) classes in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 100-level
  • two (2) classes in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 200-level or higher
  • one (1) class in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 300-level or higher
  • four (4) electives in CLSS, CLSG, or CLSL

Required Courses: Concentration in Hellenic Studies

11 courses, including:

  • two (2) classes in Modern Greek (GREE) (GREE-011, if counted, must be followed by GREE-012)
  • two (2) classes in Ancient Greek (CLSG-001–499) (CLSG-001, if counted, must be followed by GREE-002)
  • three (3) additional classes in Modern or Ancient Greek
  • four (4) electives in Greek language, history, or culture in either CLSG, GREE, GLSS, or a suitable substitute as determined by the chair of the Classics Department

Required Courses: Concentration in Latin

11 courses, including:

  • six (6) classes in Latin (CLSL) at the 100-level or above
  • one (1) class in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 100-level
  • one (1) additional class in Classical Studies (CLSS) at 100-level or above
  • three (3) electives (not to include CLSL-001, 002)

Required Courses: Concentration in Greek

11 courses, including:

  • six (6) classes in Greek (CLSG) at the 100-level or above
  • one (1) class in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 100-level
  • one (1) additional class in Classical Studies (CLSS) at the 100-level or above
  • three (3) electives (not to include CLSG-001, 002)

Required Courses: Concentration in Greek and Latin

11 courses, including:

  • three (3) classes in Greek (CLSG) at the 100-level or above
  • three (3) classes in Latin (CLSL) at the 100-level or above
  • one (1) additional class in Latin (CLSL) or Greek (CLSG) at the 200-level or above
  • one (1) class in CLSS at the 100-level
  • one (1) class in CLSS at the 100-level or above
  • two (2) electives (not to include CLSL-001, 002, CLSG-001, 002)
INTEGRATED WRITING: DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICS

The Classical Studies major develops students’ writing skills in all of its courses.  In CLSS courses, students at the 100-level write more frequent and shorter papers that develop analytical and argumentative skills.  Papers at this level will make use of primary sources (ancient authors, inscriptions, objects) as well as secondary reading (i.e. modern scholarship).  At the 200-level, students will write more than they do in 100-level courses, usually in the form of longer assignments that make use of more sources. These courses also typically expect independent student research into specific problems.  At the 300 and 400 levels, students write longer research papers which require deep engagement with primary evidence as well as modern scholarship. Students in this track thus progress through a curriculum that develops their writing skills at each step.

Those majoring in Classical Languages are required to take 100 and 200 level CLSS courses and will thus develop their writing skills in those courses.  In CLSL and CLSG courses at the 200 level and above, students will be asked to complete a variety of analytical writing assignments, ranging from short comments to research papers that depend upon and originate from the Latin or Greek texts that has formed the basis of the course.  Students in this track develop writing skills that build upon the foundational CLSS courses, but then use their knowledge of Latin and Greek authors as the basis to demonstrate their own writing skills.

SENIOR HONORS EXERCISE

The department offers select, qualified seniors the option of writing a senior thesis or taking written and oral exams on a reading list of Greek and Latin texts (read in the original language). Students will research and write their theses, or prepare for their exams, in the context of tutorials taken in both semesters of their senior year. Permission to participate in either of these exercises is by application to and approval of the department in the student’s junior year. Details on the senior exercises are spelled out on the departmental website: www.georgetown.edu/departments/classics.


Minor in Classical Studies

The Classical Studies minor requires six courses in CLSS, CLSL, CLSG at any level.


Minor in Modern Greek

For a minor in Modern Greek a student must complete six courses from the following list:

  • GREE-011 & 012 Intensive First Level Modern Greek I & II
  • GREE-111 & 112 Intensive Second Level Modern Greek I & II
  • GREE-211 & 212 Intensive Third Level Modern Greek I & II
  • GREE-311 & 312 Media Greek and Advanced Writing I & II

(For course listings for Modern Greek and Classics see http://courses.georgetown.edu)