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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).

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
Students must complete one year of college Greek (GRK 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level, and complete the following:

Greek Major Requirements 48 credits
One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) 4
Greek courses beyond the first-year level, selected from GRK 301, 302, 303, repeated with departmental approval; other 300- or 400-level courses 24
Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) 8
Three upper-division Greek or Latin courses beyond the first year or courses in translation or from related departments. A list of approved courses is available from the department 12
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.

Latin Concentration
Students must complete one year of college Latin (LAT 101, 102, 103) or demonstrate proficiency at the introductory level, and complete the following:

Latin Major Requirements 48 credits
One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) 4
Latin courses beyond the first-year level, selected from LAT 301, 302, 303, repeated with departmental approval; other 300- or 400-level courses 24
Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) 8
Three upper-division Latin or Greek courses beyond the first year, or courses in translation or from related departments. A list of approved courses is available from the department 12
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.

Greek and Latin Concentration
Students must complete one year of college Greek and one year of college Latin or demonstrate proficiency in both languages at the introductory level. Students also must complete the following:

Classics Major Requirements 48 credits
One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) 4
Latin and Greek courses beyond the first year 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
Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) 8
Upper-division Latin or Greek courses, courses in translation or from related departments. A list of approved courses is available from the department 8
Students are encouraged to take electives in ancient literature in translation and in ancient art, religion, mythology, or philosophy.

Classical Civilization Concentration
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.
Students must complete 48 credits, distributed as follows:

Classical Civilization Major Requirements 48 credits
One course in classical archaeology (CLAS 188, 399, 407) 4
Ancient Greece (HIST 412) and Ancient Rome (HIST 414) 8
Two courses in classical literature in translation (e.g., CLAS 201, 202, 301, 302, 303, or, with department head’s consent, HUM 101) 8
Two courses in ancient art, selected from ARH 322, 323, 422, 423, 424 8
Chosen in consultation with a classics department advisor, electives in Greek (GRK), Latin (LAT), classics (CLAS), or relevant courses in art history (ARH), English (ENG), history (HIST), philosophy (PHIL), religious studies (REL) 20

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


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