Classics Department

Current Students

Major Requirements

Requirements for the Major with Concentration in Greek and Latin Language and Literature

  1. Greek (110, 210), 311, and 312 or Latin (110, 210), 311, and 312.
  2. Introductory course in the other language.
  3. Any two classics courses numbered 370–389 (history and archaeology).
  4. Classics 470.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Additional units in 300-level classics courses, including Advanced Greek or Advanced Latin.
  2. Additional work in the other language.
  3. French, German, or both.
  4. Relevant courses in other subjects such as anthropology, art history, linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, and religion.

Requirements for the Major with Concentration in History and Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean

  1. Any two of Classics 370–379 (History).
  2. Any two of Classics 380–389 (Archaeology).
  3. Latin 110 and 210 or Greek 110 and 210.
    (Students with prior experience who place into 210 or 311 must complete either one year of language at placement level or two years of the other language.)
  4. Two further 300-level courses in Classics, Greek, or Latin, or, with the approval of the department, two units in one of the following areas:
    1. Anthropology: 211 plus one other unit.
    2. History: any two units (including courses with a historical focus or methodology in other departments).
    3. Religion: any two units.
    4. Art history: Art 201 plus one other unit.
    5. Humanities 220, or two units from Humanities 211, 212, 231, and 232.
  5. Classics 470.

Recommended but not required:

  1. Statistics.
  2. Other relevant courses in subjects such as anthropology, art history, or history.
  3. French, German, or both.

Requirements for the Classics/Religion Major:

  1. Greek (110, 210), 311, 312, Classics 371 (Greek History) or Classics 372 (The Hellenistic World); or Latin (110, 210), 311, 312, Classics 373 (Roman History).
  2. Any 100-level religion course and two additional religion courses at the 300 level or above; Religion 201; Religion 402 (The Junior Seminar in Religion).
  3. Classics/Religion Junior Qualifying Exam
  4. Classics/Religion 470 (thesis).

Junior Qualifying Exam

The Classics junior qualifying exam consists of a research paper written in a class taken with a Classics professor, normally during the second semester of junior year. The qual requirements reflect those of the senior thesis: with the guidance of a faculty member, students must choose and focus a topic (in line with the themes of the class), hone their research skills in primary and secondary sources (creating and annotating a bibliography), organize their ideas (preparing an outline), and write and rewrite a paper through multiple drafts. The qual culminates in a 45-minute oral examination with two department faculty members.

Note: The Classics/Religion junior qualifying exam is prepared by the Classics/Religion committee on an ad hoc basis. Students declaring in Classics/Religion should consult with their advisers about their qual.

Study Abroad

See the Study Abroad page.

Senior Thesis

All Reed students are required to complete a two-semester senior thesis. Students choose and refine their thesis topics during the first few weeks of the semester in which they are registered for thesis. The department assigns thesis advisers and first readers at the beginning of each semester. At the end of the first semester, students meet with the adviser and first reader to discuss thesis progress (usually at least one complete chapter draft and a prospectus). The final draft is read additionally by a reader from the Division of Literature and Languages (assigned by the Division) and an outside member of the faculty or staff following college-wide guidelines.

Additional information about the thesis process can be found in the Divisional Guidelines.

Students working on any research project related to Classics are encouraged to consult the Classics Library Research Guide.

Life Beyond Reed

Reed classics graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers, including but not limited to education (at all levels), library and information science, law, marketing, accounting and finance, and the creative arts. The Center for Life Beyond Reed maintains a list of resources for Classics majors.