Major in Greek or Latin

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 intensive courses Greek 10, 15, Latin 10, 15.)

Requirements for the Greek Major

(1) Elementary Language Courses

Either Greek 1, 2
or Greek 10
(or Greek 15, Summer Workshop)

(2) Intermediate Greek Composition

Greek 40 (to be completed as early as possible, after taking Greek 100)

(3) Basic Reading Courses

  • Greek 100 Plato and Attic Prose
  • Greek 101 Homer
  • Greek 102 Drama and Society

(4) Senior Reading Courses

Four courses from Greek 115-123

  • 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

(5) Classics 10A and 10B

To be completed, if possible, by the end of the Junior year. (Under exceptional circumstances, the undergraduate advisor may authorize substitution of Classics 100A for 10A, or 100B for 10B.)

(6) One additional upper division course from the list of recommended courses (see below).

Normally 52 units in the major, 32 of which are upper division.*

Recommended upper division courses for Greek majors:

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

Honors

Greek 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 the full description of Honors requirements.

*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.

More Information

How to Declare a Major.

Requirements for the Latin Major

(1) Elementary Language Courses

Either Latin 1, 2
or Latin 10
(or Latin 15, Summer Workshop)

(2) Intermediate Latin Composition

Latin 40 (to be completed as early as possible)

(3) Basic Reading Courses

  • Latin 100 Republican Prose
  • Latin 101 Vergil (Aeneid)
  • Latin 102 Latin Lyric and Roman Society (Catullus, Horace)

(4) Senior Reading Courses

Four courses from Latin 115-155

  • 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

(5) Classics 10A and 10B

To be completed, if possible, by the end of the Junior year. (Under exceptional circumstances, the undergraduate advisor may authorize substitution of Classics 100A for 10A, or 100B for 10B.)

(6) One additional upper division course from the list of recommended courses (see below).

Normally 52 units in the major, 32 of which are upper division.*

Recommended upper division courses for Latin majors:

 

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

Honors

Latin 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 the full description of the Honors requirements.

*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.

More Information

How to Declare a Major.