The Department of Classical Studies is concerned with every aspect of the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans — their languages and literatures, art and material cultures, philosophy, history, daily life, law and justice, political theory, and religion. The works and thoughts of the Greeks and Romans provide focus and historical perspective to questions which are heatedly debated in our time, making this field of study exciting and intellectually engaging. An ideal liberal arts education, Classical Studies is an excellent way to develop analytical abilities, to learn to make careful arguments and express them lucidly, as well as come to a solid understanding of some of the greatest monuments of human thought and art.
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The department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all language courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A student should repeat any language course in which a D+ or lower grade is earned and which serves as a prerequisite to other courses which are to be elected. A grade of D+ signifies some achievement but denotes too weak a foundation for subsequent courses.
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Classical Studies Advising
Students interested in the Department's majors in Greek, Latin, Classical Languages and Literatures, Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization or Modern Greek major should check with the Department office for the name of the current advisor. Students interested in obtaining Teacher Certification in Latin should see Professor Deborah Ross.
Major advising for Modern Greek is provided by Professor Vassilios Lambropoulos and Artemis Leontis. Information about scheduling appointments is available from the department office.
The Department recommends that interested students see the department advisors as early as possible in order to plan their programs and avoid unnecessary scheduling conflicts.
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