Major in Classical Languages

Prospective and current majors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the learning goals articulated for each major.

(All Greek, Latin, and Classics courses are 4 units, except the intensive courses Latin 10 - 8 units, Greek 15 - 10 units, and Latin 15 - 10 units)

Requirements

(1) Elementary Language Courses

Elementary Greek: either Greek 1 & 2 or Greek 15 (Summer Workshop)
      AND
Elementary Latin: either Latin 1 & 2 or Latin 15 (Summer Workshop)

(2) Basic Reading Courses

  • Greek 100 Attic Prose
  • Greek 101 Homer
  • Greek 102 Tragedy
  • Latin 100 Republican Prose
  • Latin 101 Vergil (Aeneid)
  • Latin 102 Lyric Poetry

(3) Senior Reading Courses

Two courses from Greek 115-123, Latin 115-155

  • Greek 115 Archaic Poetry
  • Greek 116 Greek Drama
  • Greek 117 Hellenistic Poetry
  • Greek 120 Herodotus
  • Greek 121 Thucydides
  • Greek 122 Attic Oratory
  • Greek 123 Plato, Aristotle
  • Latin 115 Roman Drama
  • Latin 116 Lucretius/Vergil (Georgics)
  • Latin 117 Elegiac Poetry
  • Latin 118 Satire
  • Latin 119 Epic
  • Latin 120 Livy
  • Latin 121 Tacitus
  • Latin 122 Post-Augustan Prose
  • Latin 123 Petronius, Apuleius
  • Latin 140 Medieval Latin
  • Latin 155A-B Readings in Medieval Latin

(4) Classics 10A and 10B

To be completed, if possible, by the end of the Junior year.

Normally 56 units in the major, 32 of which are upper division units.*

Recommended additional upper division courses for Classical Languages majors:

  • additional courses in Greek and Latin
  • courses in Classics
  • Sanskrit (see South and Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Dramatic Art 122 (Theater in Greece and Rome)
  • History 105A-B-C (Ancient Greece)
  • History 106A-B (Ancient Rome)
  • History 107A-B-C (Topics in Ancient History)
  • History 108 (Byzantium)
  • History of Art 140 (Aegean Art)
  • History of Art 141A-B (Greek Art)
  • History of Art 145 (Roman Art)
  • Philosophy 160 (Plato)
  • Philosophy 161 (Aristotle)
  • Political Science 112A (History of Political Theory)
  • Rhetoric 100 (Rhetorical Tradition)
  • Rhetoric 130 (Political Oratory)
  • Rhetoric 166 (Rhetoric, Law and Politics in Ancient Greece)

*Letters and Science requires a minimum average grade of C in courses used to fulfill major requirements, a C average in required upper division courses, and that all courses which are part of a student's major be taken for a letter grade.

Honors

Classical Languages majors with an overall University GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.3 in the major are eligible.

See full description of Honors requirements.

More Information

How to Declare a Major.