Majors in Latin, (Ancient) Greek, Classics, Ancient Studies, Medieval Studies
Starting a major
Students who have not previously studied Latin or ancient Greek should begin Latin 111 or Greek 111 (both offered only in the first semester). Students with some background in Latin or ancient Greek may choose to jump into a higher-numbered Latin or Greek course in the first or second semester.
Are there courses students MUST, SHOULD, or Can take their First Year?
Students do not need to begin the Classics, Latin, Greek, Ancient Studies, or Medieval Studies major their first year.
Potential majors in Classics, Latin, Greek, Ancient Studies, or Medieval Studies ideally should begin either Latin or Greek their first year. This is particularly important for students who intend to study abroad for a semester or a year: delaying the start of language study may make it difficult to complete the required sequence of Latin or Greek courses.
- Passing Latin 231 or Greek 231 or any higher-numbered course in either language satisfies the college’s foreign language requirement (FOL).
- Passing any Latin or Greek course numbered above 231 satisfies the language requirement for the Ancient Studies major; passing any Latin course numbered above 231 satisfies the language requirement for the Medieval Studies major.
- Great Conversation 113 and 115 can be used as electives for the Ancient Studies major; Great Conversation 116 can be used as an elective for the Medieval Studies major.
Credit for previous coursework
- Score of 3 on AP Latin Exam earns placement into Latin 231.
- Score of 4 or 5 on AP Latin Exam, or 5 on IB HL Latin Exam, earns placement into Latin 231 or any higher-numbered Latin course; AP or IB credit is given for Latin 112 upon successful completion (C or above) of Latin 231, or for Latin 231 upon successful completion (C or above) of any higher-numbered Latin course.
- Score of 5 on IB HL Classical Greek Exam earns placement into Greek 231 or any higher-numbered Greek course; IB credit is given for Greek 112 upon successful completion (C or above) of Greek 231, or for Greek 231 upon successful completion (C or above) of any higher-numbered Greek course.
- AP or IB credit for Latin or Greek 112, or for Latin or Greek 231, can be counted toward the requirements of the Latin, Greek, or Classics major.
We do not use a placement exam for Latin or ancient Greek; students who have covered the equivalent of Latin 111 and 112, or of Greek 111 and 112, in previous classes are welcome to enroll in Latin 231 or Greek 231. Students are encouraged to attend the Classics Department Information Session during Week One and/or email the department chair for individual guidance.
Department Information Session (Week One)