Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog 

Ancient Studies/Classics Major

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Requirements for the Major

Track 1: Classical Languages

A major in Classical Languages requires a minimum of 11 courses.

For students intending to pursue graduate study in Classical Philology/Classics, a command of both Greek and Latin is essential; however, requirements for graduate programs do vary. Additionally, basic reading skills in French, German, or Italian is strongly recommended (i.e., at least two courses in the language). Interested students should talk with the departmental faculty members early in their academic careers to plan for graduate school.

Track 2: Ancient Studies

A major in Ancient Studies requires a minimum of 11 courses.

  • A sequence of at least three courses in Greek or Latin
    • Note: In terms of course credit for language courses in Greek and Latin, LATN 057 Intermediate/Advanced Readings in Latin, LATN 103 Readings in Medieval Latin, and GREK 104 Readings in Koine Greek are half-courses: these may be repeated for course credit only twice (totaling one full course credit that may count towards the language requirement for the major).
  • Four courses; ; at least one in each of the following areas:
  • At least two additional courses in literature, history, archaeology, and/or reception studies are to be chosen in consultation with the student’s adviser.
  • Senior Seminar in Ancient Studies/Classics CLAS 190  
  • Senior Thesis CLAS 191  

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 also count towards the Scripps College foreign language requirement. Courses taken CR/NC may not be counted toward either major or the minor.

Requirements for the Major in Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS)

A major in Late Antique-Medieval Studies requires a minimum of 10 courses plus a senior seminar and a senior project/ thesis. Course requirements include:

  • At least three full-credit courses in one of the following languages: Greek, Latin, or Arabic. (LATN103 PO Readings in Medieval Latin and GREK104 PO Readings in Koine Greek are half-courses and must be taken twice to count as one of the three courses in Latin and Greek respectively). Other appropriate languages (such as Hebrew) may be used with permission to satisfy this requirement. 
  • Two courses from the ancient offerings in Classics, including one ancient history survey and one ancient culture survey course.
  • One LAMS history survey course.
  • One LAMS Research Seminar.
  • Three additional LAMS courses freely selected from the LAMS course offerings.
  • Senior Thesis


LAMS students are expected to work closely with LAMS faculty members to design a cohesive and viable curriculum around their particular interests.

The LAMS program does not offer honors in the major. 

*Honors Requirements in Classical Languages or Ancient Studies

A student who wishes to pursue honors in Classical Languages or Ancient Studies should notify the department by the end of the junior year. In order to qualify for honors, the student must fulfill the following:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.67 in the major.
  2. A thesis on which the student receives an A or A–.
  3. Two additional courses in Ancient Studies/Classics, or another field chosen in consultation with the student’s major adviser.

    *Note: The LAMS program of study does not offer honors in the major. 

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