May 21, 2018
Requirements for the Major
To complete the option in Classical Languages, a student is required to complete 10 courses plus the senior seminar ( CLAS190 SC ); senior thesis ( CLAS191 SC ) may count as one of the courses towards the major, if approved by the student's adviser. These courses include:
- At least four courses in one language (i.e., Greek or Latin; two of these courses must be numbered 100 or above)
- At least three courses in the other language (one of which must be numbered 100 or above; 103 and 104 are half-courses), but students are encouraged to take additional courses in each language. CLAS001 PO should be taken early in the student's studies.
- Additional courses in literature, history, archaeology, and culture are to be chosen in consultation with the student's adviser.
For students intending to pursue graduate study in Classics, a command of both Greek and Latin is essential (with proficiency in at least one language through the Advanced level); acquiring basic reading skills in French, German, or Italian is strongly recommended (i.e., at least two courses in the language). Interested students should meet with their adviser(s) early in their academic careers to plan for graduate school.
To complete a major in Classical Studies, a student is required to complete 10 courses plus the senior seminar (CLAS190 SC ); senior thesis (CLAS191 SC ) may count as one of the courses towards the student's major, if approved by the student's adviser. These courses include:
- At least four courses must be in one language (Greek or Latin), two of which must be numbered 100 or above (103 and 104 are half-courses). CLAS001 PO should be taken early in the student's studies.
- The remaining courses should include offerings in literature, history, archaeology, and culture; they must be selected in consultation with the student's major adviser.
Ancient Studies and Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS)
Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) is the study of the Mediterranean and Near East in the periods known as Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, that is, from the third to the fifteenth centuries CE. Late Antiquity witnessed the Christianization of the Roman Empire, the rise of the "barbarian kingdoms" in the west, and the emergence and spread of Islam in the east and south. Despite the competing political and religious claims, the ties between the greater Latin, Greek, and Arabic cultures that shared the Mediterranean basin in the Middle Ages remained strong. Not only did each of these cultures identify with an Abrahamic religious tradition, but each saw itself as an heir to the rich secular traditions of the Greek and Roman, as well as the Persian empires. Students of LAMS explore these fertile cultural encounters from a fresh, multi-disciplinary perspective with appropriate attention to the original languages: Greek, Latin, and Arabic. LAMS is a cooperative intercollegiate program. Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Classical Hebrew may be taken to fulfill the Scripps College foreign language requirement. Courses taken P/NC may not be counted toward either major or the minor.
Requirements for the Major in Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS)
To complete the LAMS major, a student is required to complete a minimum of 11 courses plus a Senior Seminar and a Senior Project/Thesis. These courses include:
- At least three courses in one of the following languages: Greek, Latin, Arabic, or Hebrew. At least one must be numbered 100 or above (103 and 104 are half-courses and must be taken twice to count as one of the three courses in Latin and Greek respectively).
- At least three courses from the Ancient offerings in Classics, including:
Ancient History: HIST010 PO The Ancient Mediterranean and
Two additional Ancient courses in any subfield.
- At least five courses from the LAMS offerings, including:
LAMS History: HIST011 PO Medieval Mediterranean and
Four additional LAMS courses drawn from the four LAMS subfields, (at least two of these courses must be "upper division" courses)
LAMS students are expected to work with LAMS faculty members to design a cohesive and viable curriculum around their particular interests.
A student who wishes to pursue honors in Classics should notify the department by the end of the junior year. In order to qualify for honors, the student must fulfill the following:
- Minimum GPA of A- (11.0) in the major.
- A two-semester thesis on which the student receives an A or A–.
- At least two additional courses in Classics chosen in consultation with the student's major adviser.