Classical Studies Advising Guide
The major in Classical Studies emphasizes preparation in Latin and Greek in order to read the ancient texts in the original. Through a combination of courses in Latin and/or Ancient Greek, with courses in Classical Civilization, which require no ancient languages, a student gains the knowledge and skills to live a good and fulfilling life. Courses in Classical Mythology, in Classical Literature in translation, in Classical Archaeology, and in Ancient History are listed under Classical Civilization. The foreign language requirement may be fulfilled in either Latin or Ancient Greek by completing a language course at the intermediate level (LATN 112, GREK 112) or above. Because of the cumulative nature of language study, the department urges exposure as early as possible to the elementary languages and a continuation of high school studies as early as possible in the college career.
Courses appropriate for prospective majors
Test scores and credits that may affect course selection.
High School Latin Study
A student who has taken Latin for at least three years, including the last two years in high school, should request Latin 111. A student with less or less recent Latin should request Latin 101, or else 102 (Spring only) on consultation with a member of the classics department. Students are urged to consult with a member of the department via email if they have any questions or concerns, or in person during the Placement Exam period of Orientation.
Advanced Placement scores: course credit and/or placement
A student who has achieved a grade of 4 or 5 on an AP test in Latin will be granted credit for college work; he or she will also receive placement in the appropriate Latin course. A student who has scored a grade of 3 on the AP test will receive placement only, and should request Latin 111.
SAT II Latin Subject Test
A student who has achieved a score of 700-800 should request Latin 111. A student who has achieved a score of 600-699 should request Latin 102 (Spring only). A student who has achieved a score of less than 600 should request Latin 101.
To continue studying Ancient Greek
Students who wish to continue studying Ancient Greek should confer with a member of the department via email or in person during the Placement Exam period of Orientation.
Courses that fulfill distribution requirements
Students must successfully complete a language course at the intermediate level - GREK 112, LATN 112.
CLST 241, Ancient Philosophy
CLST 110 Introduction to Greek Civilization
LATN 233, Roman Historians
LATN 234, Ovid
GREK 233, Herodotus
GREK 234, Greek Tragedy
CLST 100, Greek and Roman Mythology
CLST 140, Ancient Worlds on Film
CLST 253, Roman History
LATN 234, Lucretius, and any 300 level Greek or Latin course
Note: If one of these courses is used for Division II, the student cannot use another History course to fulfill that requirement.
For course descriptions and requirements for the major, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Classical Studies.
Suggested curricular flow through the major
A major in Classical Studies consists of ten courses, in one of four possible combinations based on a language foundation in either Latin OR Greek. Please see the Academic Bulletin for detailed options.
Opportunities for off-campus study
Many Classical Studies majors have taken advantage of the Intercollegiate Center in Rome, a special school for study of classical literature, civilization, and material culture. Here all instruction is carried on in English, by American professors and under the American system, surrounded by the monuments in Rome. Other students have taken part in the Advanced Studies in England program in Bath and Oxford, where students can take courses in other subjects while continuing their study of the ancient languages in a tutorial at Oxford. Majors who have strong interests in other humanities subjects in addition to classics have benefited from this excellent program. Study in Greece is recommended through the Classics Advanced Semester Program (CASP), in Athens. The department also supports through direct funding the DEPAS excavation project in Greece, available to Dickinson archaeology students with the proper prerequisites.
Career opportunities: Our graduates are teachers, physicians, lawyers, professors, business executives, computer experts, directors of museums, and actors, to mention only a few. The careers of our graduates reflect our commitment to an education in the classics as a promising road to future success. The department endeavors above all to provide a liberal arts education with the special skills that give its alumni powerful advantages in almost any career a person may choose.
Flowchart for Placement Information