Ancient History & Classics Option

The ancient history and classics option in the undergraduate history major requires fifteen 3-credit courses (of which at least three must be history department courses and at least three must be classics department courses), apportioned as follows:

1. At least two courses in ancient languages (at least two languages: Latin, Greek, and/or other ancient languages offered at the university, e.g., Sanskrit and Hebrew), with at least one of the courses at the 200 level or above. Advanced placement can substitute for either or both of the courses, if at the appropriate level. Suggested intermediate courses are 01:490:207 Classical Greek Prose and 01:580:203 Intermediate Latin Prose.

2. Three ancient history or classics survey courses at the 200 level, from among:

  • 01:190:205 Greek Civilization
  • 01:190:206 Roman Civilization
  • 01:508:200 Ancient Near East
  • 01:510:201 Ancient Greece
  • 01:510:202/01:190:209 Ancient Rome
  • 01:510:205 Byzantine Empire
  • 01:510:207 Byzantine Civilization

In consultation with an adviser, appropriate higher level courses, or courses from other departments, may be substituted for any of the 200 level courses listed above.

3. Six ancient history or classics lecture courses at the 300 level, from among:

  • 01:190:309 Greek Athletics
  • 01:190:310 Literature and Culture in Augustan Rome
  • 01:190:322 Greek Political Philosophy
  • 01:190:325 Culture, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • 01:190:326 Greek and Roman Religion
  • 01:190:328 Ancient Law in Action
  • 01:190/510:350 Greek Society
  • 01:190:355 Ancient Mythology and Society
  • 01:190:372 Cities of the Classical World
  • 01:190:373 Pompeii: The Life and Death of a Roman Town
  • 01:490:306 From Athens to Alexandria
  • 01:490:308 Greek Historical Writings
  • 01:490:312 Socratic Literature
  • 01:190/510:300 Greek and Roman Slavery
  • 01:510:301 Early Greece
  • 01:510:302 Classical Greece
  • 01:510:303 Hellenistic World
  • 01:510:304 The Rise of the Roman Republic
  • 01:510:305 The Crisis of the Roman Republic
  • 01:510/190:306 Roman Empire
  • 01:510:307 Roman World in Late Antiquity
  • 01:510:308 Ancient Cultural and Intellectual History
  • 01:190/510:320 Women in Antiquity
  • 01:580:304 Cicero Orations
  • 01:580:324 Sallust
  • 01:580:325 The History of Livy
  • 01:580:329 Tacitus


4. One ancient history or classics course at the 300 or 400 level focusing on research and writing, such as:

  • 01:490:391 Readings in Greek Prose (historical readings)
  • 01:490:400 Demosthenes
  • 01:506:401,402 History Seminar (ancient topic)
  • 01:506:471,472 Research in History (ancient topic)
  • 01:510:407 Rome in the Age of Augustus
  • 01:580:369,370 The Seminar in Latin (historical readings)
  • College Honors or Departmental Project (appropriate ancient topic)


5. Three additional courses in history, classics, Latin, or Greek (in any combination, but no more than two of them at the 100 level).

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