COLUMBIA COLLEGE AND GENERAL STUDIES

The major is offered with two tracks, Classics and Classical Studies. The former, which is recommended for students considering graduate work in Classics, concentrates heavily on the ancient languages and literature; the latter can be earned with only one of the ancient languages and includes more courses on other aspects of the ancient world. The Classics department also participates in the interdepartmental Ancient Studies major, which is designed for students whose interests encompass the ancient Mediterranean as a whole rather than the Greco-Roman world in particular.  The Classics Concentration/Minor is earned in either Latin or Greek; there is also a Greek/Latin Minor for students of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

 

MAJOR IN CLASSICS

11 courses, minimum 34 credits

In the primary language:

  • Four courses at or above the 2100-level
  • Major seminar 3996
  • Two courses from the Advanced Menu of four (4105, 4106, 4139, 3998; any others may count toward the four upper level requirement)

In the secondary language:

  • Two courses at or above the 2100 level

Two ancient culture courses, including:

  • One in the culture of the primary language
  • One in any aspect of ancient history or culture (HIST, AHIS, PHIL, CLLT, CLCV…)

A student must write a thesis (UN3998) to be considered for Departmental Honors and prizes.

 

MAJOR IN CLASSICAL STUDIES

11 courses, minimum 35 credits

  • Five courses, at or above 1102, in either or both Latin and Greek
  • Major Seminar 3996
  • Four classes in ancient history, art, philosophy, religion, civilization
  • Senior thesis 3998

 

MAJOR IN ANCIENT STUDIES

12 courses, minimum 36 credits

Twelve courses on the ancient Mediterranean, of which two must be the major seminar 3995 and senior thesis 3998, and all of which must collectively satisfy the following criteria:

  • Language study: two courses of an ancient language at or above the intermediate level
  • Fundamental breadth: two introductory courses on some aspect of the ancient Mediterranean (e.g. HIST UN1010/1020, AHIS UN3248/3250, PHIL UN2101, CLLT UN3132)
  • Advanced study: two advanced courses on the ancient Mediterranean
  • Cultural concentration: four courses on the culture of the language chosen, including one history course

Interdisciplinarity: courses taught in three different departments

 

CONCENTRATION (COLUMBIA COLLEGE) OR MINOR (GENERAL STUDIES) IN CLASSICS

7 courses, minimum 21 credits

Six courses in one classical language (Latin or Greek), of which

  • Five courses above the 1100 level, three of which must be 3/4000 level
  • One from the following three advanced options: 4105, 4106, 4139

One course in ancient history or classical civilization

 

Minor in Greek or latin (school of engineering and applied sciences)

13 points in the chosen language at the 2100-level or higher

3 points in ancient history or classical civilization

 

BARNARD

MAJOR IN GREEK OR LATIN

8 courses in one language (not counting courses at the 1100 level), including

  • 3996 (major seminar),
  • 4105-6 (literature survey), and
  • 4139 (prose style)

A senior thesis (3998) is recommended but not required; it may sometimes be substituted for one of the advanced courses (4105-6, 4139).

Majors in Latin are strongly advised to take at least two semesters of Greek.

It is possible to major in both Greek and Latin by completing the major requirements in one language and five courses (not counting those at the 1100 level) in the other.

 

MAJOR IN ANCIENT STUDIES

4 courses (including at least one history course) in one ancient Mediterranean culture;

The elementary sequence of a relevant ancient language;

Courses in at least three different departments;

Senior thesis or senior seminar

= 36 points total

 

MINOR IN GREEK OR LATIN

5 courses in one language (not counting courses at the 1100 level)

Note: Barnard students may also major in Comparative Literature using Greek or Latin as one of their literatures.