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Offerings in the Department of Classics explore all aspects of the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, the context of their interaction with the rest of the Mediterranean world, and their subsequent influence on our own day. The study of the classics, therefore, reveals important aspects of ancient cultures, raising new and fresh questions and insights both about antiquity and about the world in which we live.

The department offers disciplinary majors and minors in Classics, Latin and Greek, as well as both a disciplinary and interdisciplinary minor in Classical Studies.


COURSE LIST

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in classical studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Classics Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses

Four courses in Greek and four in Latin, including at least one 300-level course in each language. Four additional classics courses or courses approved by the department. No more than two 100-level language courses may count towards the major.

Requirements for the Classics Minor

disciplinary, 5 courses

Three Greek and two Latin courses or two Greek and three Latin. No more than three 100-level language courses may count towards the minor.

Requirements for the Classical Studies Minor

disciplinary, 5 courses

Two courses in either Latin or Greek language; three courses, including two courses from one of the classical studies groups and one course from a second group or one from each of three different groups.

Requirements for the Classical Studies Minor

interdisciplinary, 5 courses

Same as for the disciplinary minor, but selection of courses must include at least one course from the classical studies group in a division outside of the humanities.

Requirements for the Greek Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses

Seven courses in Greek language, at least four of which are at the 200-level and one of which is at the 300-level; five additional courses selected from classics or other courses with appropriate content approved by the adviser.

Requirements for the Greek Minor

disciplinary, 5 courses

Five courses in the Greek language, at least three of which are at the 200-level or above.

Requirements for the Latin Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses

Seven courses in the Latin language, at least four of which must be at the 200-level and one at the 300-level, and five additional courses from classics or other courses with appropriate content approved by the adviser.

Requirements for the Latin Minor

disciplinary, 5 courses

Five courses in Latin language, of which at least three must be at the 200-level or above.

COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

Below you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making classical studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

CLAS 112 Classical Myths

Class

Study ancient creation myths, the mythology of the Olympian gods, and Greek heroic and epic saga. Learn about ancient authors' exploration of universal human themes and conflicts, mythology as an embodiment and criticism of ancient religious beliefs and practices, and the treatment of mythological themes in the ancient and modern visual arts. Learn more by taking CLAS 228 Classical Epic.

GRE 205 The Greek New Testament

Class

Read one of the canonical gospels in the original Greek and the other three in English translation and decipher the grammatical differences between koine Greek and Classical Greek. Examine textual variants in the biblical manuscripts and discuss the principles that lead textual critics to prefer one reading over another. Next, take an in-depth look at the Iliad or Odyssey by enrolling in GRE 223 Homer.

LAT 101 Beginning Latin I

Class

Learn the fundamentals of Latin grammar, accompanied by some practice in reading the language. Then, test your skills in LAT 224 Plautus.