Major Requirements

Current and prospective majors are encouraged to consult early and often with the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), who serves as the key liaison between students and the rest of the University. The DUS also oversees honors and other aspects of the undergraduate program. 

John Wynne's spring 2017 office hours: Wednesday, 1-3 pm or by appointment (j-wynne@northwestern.edu). Location: Kresge Hall 4365

Students may choose to concentrate in (1) Greek and Latin, (2) Latin, or (3) Greek. All tracks can be completed with a minimum of 12 courses beyond the language prerequisites. 

Track 1: Major in Classics with a declared concentration in Greek and Latin

Prerequisites: Either Greek 201-2 and Latin 101-3, or Latin 201-2 and Greek 101-3 (or equivalent placements)

Major course requirements:  12 courses

  • Language 1 foundation (3): 3 courses in Greek or Latin at the 201-3 or 300 level
  • Language 2 foundation (3): 3 courses in the second language at the 200 or 300 level

Additional courses (6)

  • Classics 211 (Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization), Classics 212 (Rome: Culture and Empire)
  • Classics 395 (Research Seminar for Majors)
  • Three additional Greek, Latin, or Classics courses (excluding Classics 110), at least 2 of which must be at the 300 level; may include 1 Classical Traditions course by permission of the DUS

Track 2: Major in Classics with a declared concentration in Latin

Prerequisite: Latin 201-2 or equivalent placement

Major course requirements: 12 courses

  • Latin foundation (3): 3 courses in Latin at the 201-3 or 300 level

Additional courses (9)

  • Classics 211 (Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization), Classics 212 (Rome: Culture and Empire)
  • Classics 395 (Research Seminar for Majors)
  • Six additional Latin, Greek, or Classics courses (excluding Classics 110), at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level; may include Greek language courses at any level, and up to 2 Classical Traditions courses by permission of the DUS

Track 3: Major in Classics with a declared concentration in Greek

Prerequisite: Greek 201-2 or equivalent placement

Major course requirements: 12 courses

  • Greek foundation (3): 3 courses in Greek at the 201-3 or 300 level

Additional courses (9)

  • Classics 211 (Ancient Athens: Democracy, Drama, Civilization), Classics 212 (Rome: Culture and Empire)
  • Classics 395 (Research Seminar for Majors)
  • Six additional Latin, Greek, or Classics courses (excluding Classics 110), at least 3 of which must be at the 300 level; may include Latin language at any level and up to 2 Classical Traditions courses by permission of the DUS