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Major requirements

The department offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. Students may choose to focus on Latin language and literature (Latin concentration), Greek language and literature (Greek concentration), or a combination of Greek and Latin. Students may also study the literature and culture of the ancient civilizations through courses that use secondary sources and translated texts (classical civilization concentration) or they may focus on Classical Archaeology and material culture (classical archaeology concentration).

Courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of mid-C or better.

At least four upper-division courses (normally 16 credits) must be taken at the University of Oregon.

Greek Concentration (63 credits)

  • Three courses of Basic Greek (GRK 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level.  (15 credits)
  • Six upper division Greek courses (GRK 301, 302, 303, repeated with department approval; other 300- or 400-level courses) (24 credits)
  • One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) (4 credits)
  • Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) (8 credits)
  • Three upper-division elective courses from approved list (see below) (12 credits)

Students are encouraged to take electives in ancient literature in translation and in ancient art, religion, mythology, or philosophy. They are also urged to take course work in Latin.

List of approved courses for Greek major

Latin Concentration (63 credits)

  • Three courses of Basic Latin (LAT 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level. (15 credits)
  • Six upper division Latin courses (LAT 301, 302, 303, repeated with department approval; other 300- or 400-level courses) (24 credits)
  • One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) (4 credits)
  • Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) (8 credits)
  • Three upper-division elective courses from approved list (seebelow) (12 credits)

Students are encouraged to take electives in ancient literature in translation and in ancient art, religion, mythology, or philosophy. They are also urged to take course work in Greek.

List of approved course for Latin major

 

Greek and Latin Concentration (78 credits)

  • Three courses of Basic Greek (GRK 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level.  (15 credits)
  • Three courses of Basic Latin (LAT 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level. (15 credits)
  • Seven upper-division Latin and Greek courses with no fewer than 8 credits devoted to either language. Courses selected from LAT 301, 302, 303 or GRK 301, 302, 303, repeated with departmental approval; other 300- or 400-level courses in either language. (28 credits)
  • One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) (4 credits)
  • Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) (8 credits)
  • Two upper-division elective courses from approved list (see below) (8 credits)

Students are encouraged to take electives in ancient literature in translation and in ancient art, religion, mythology, or philosophy.

List of approved courses for Greek and Latin major

 

Classical Civilization Concentration (48 credits)

  • Three courses in upper-division Greek or Latin (GRK 301, 302, 303 or LAT 301, 302, 303) (12 credits)
  • One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) (4 credits)
  • Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) (8 credits)
  • Two courses in ancient art, selected from (ARH 322, 323, 424) (8 credits)
  • Two elective courses (CLAS 201, 202, 301, 302, 303, HUM 101) (8 credits)
  • Two elective courses chosen in consultation with a classics department advisor from approved list (see below) (8 credits)

Students should complete the introductory language courses with grades of mid-C or better or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level. Students must demonstrate proficiency in Greek or Latin by completing LAT 301, 302, 303 or GRK 301, 302, 303 or their equivalents with grades of mid-C or better. Students whose Greek or Latin was taken entirely in high school must take one year of second- or third-year Greek or Latin (301, 302, 303, or 411) at the University of Oregon in works not read in their high school courses. All language courses at the second- or third-year level may count toward the 20 credits of electives.

List of Classical Civilization major approved courses

Classical Archaeology Concentration (63 credits)

  • Three courses of Basic Greek (GRK 101, 102, 103) or Basic Latin (LAT 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level.  (15 credits)
  • Three upper-division courses in Greek or Latin (GRK 301-303 or LAT 301-303) (12 credits)
  • Three courses in Classical Archaeology (CLAS 188 and CLAS 330) and one other approved course. (12 credits)
  • Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) (8 credits)
  • Two courses in Art History (e.g., ARH 322, 323, 324, 424, 428) (8 credits)
  • Two courses in Anthropology (e.g., ANTH 150, 310, 340, 471) (8 credits)

Complete the introductory language courses with grades of mid-C or better or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level. Language courses must be completed with grades of mid-C or better.

 

Honors
The honors program in classics provides an opportunity for a student to focus on an area of concentration in a written thesis. The requirements for a bachelor’s degree with honors in classics are as follows:

Honors program Requirements
1. Satisfaction of the requirements for the major
2. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better in courses taken to meet the upper-division requirements of the major
3. A senior thesis of substantial quality, approved by the thesis director and at least one member of the program committee