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2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
   
 
    
 
  Oct 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in Classics


Requirements for a Major in Classics


Students majoring in classics are required to complete at least 30 credits. They must satisfy the cultural core and language core requirements and select one of three emphases: classical languages, classical studies, or Latin secondary education.

Core Requirements (6-9 credits)


Six to nine credits: Six in cultural core and zero to three in language core beyond fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts degree requirement.

Cultural Core Requirement (including Capstone):

Students majoring in classics complete sox credits of instruction in a sequence of courses intended to introduce them to the interdisciplinary dimension of classics and to provide detailed instruction in selected methods of inquiry and particular aspects of Greco-Roman civilization.

All classics majors take:

Language Core Requirement

  • Students majoring in classics complete Intermediate language study in either ancient Greek or Latin, typically by taking   or  . Those commencing language study typically fulfill the Bachelor of Arts degree requirement through three semesters of study in GRK/LAT 101-102-201 (12 credits). Others may satisfy these requirements through language placement administered by the Department of Classics; they must nevertheless complete the 30-credit minimum through additional coursework in the major.

Emphases


Classical Languages Emphasis


Minimum of 21 credits beyond completion of the core requirements

The classical languages emphasis offers a course of undergraduate study in classics that stresses the languages and literature of the classical world. Students electing the classical languages emphasis ordinarily study one language (either ancient Greek or Latin) to an advanced level and the other language to at least the intermediate level.

Requirements in addition to the core requirements:

  • At least 18 credits of instruction in ancient Greek (GRK) and Latin (LAT), including at least six credits in one language at the 300 level or above.
  • At least three credits of instruction in any course in Classics (CLA), in  , or in an approved substitute.

Classical Studies Emphasis


Minimum of 21 credits beyond completion of the core requirements

The classical studies emphasis offers a course of undergraduate study in classics that investigates Greco-Roman civilization from a range of perspectives and subject areas. Students electing the classical studies emphasis select courses at an advanced level across the program curriculum.

Requirements in addition to the core requirements:

Latin Secondary Education Emphasis


Minimum of 21 credits beyond completion of the core requirements

The Latin secondary education emphasis offers prospective Latin teachers preparation in Latin comprehension and instruction and in classical civilization at a level consistent with state and national norms. These students work within both the Department of Classics and the College of Education. While the College of Education is ultimately responsible for overseeing the certification process for students, the Department of Classics is responsible for overseeing the major and for recommending qualified students for admission to the College of Education.

Students with a baccalaureate degree and a major in classics from another institution can be certified to teach by earning at least three credits of instruction in Latin in the classics department and completing the professional education requirements of the College of Education. The required courses in Latin must be approved by the department chair or designee.

Requirements in addition to the core requirements:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Classics (B.A.)


The classics major is designed to be flexible. Declaring classics as a double major or a minor is an effective way of enhancing one’s transcript and drawing the attention of employers and postgraduate programs.

In order to ensure timely progress toward graduation, commencing study in either ancient Greek or Latin at an early stage is key.

Prospective majors are encouraged to contact the Department of Classics in order to receive individualized advising. The following is merely a suggestion.

Consult your advisor about completing required basics skills and general education requirements.

First Year:

Second Year:

Third Year:

  • Classics majors are strongly encouraged to consider spending a semester or academic year in a study abroad program
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  • Honors students
    • Many CLA 300+ courses are cross-listed as Honors junior seminars
  • Classical languages emphasis: Continue third year of language study (GRK 300+ or LAT 300+); continue second year of study in the second classical language
  • Classical studies emphasis: Select elective courses (CLA 300+; three credits; many fulfill general education Issues and other requirements)

Fourth Year:

  • Classics majors are strongly encouraged to explore opportunities for undergraduate research projects
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  • Classical languages emphasis, or majors contemplating postgraduate study in Classics: continue language study (GRK 300+/400+ or LAT 300+/400+ Credits: 3)
  • Classical studies emphasis: select elective courses (CLA 300+; three credits many fulfill general education Issues and other requirements)
  • Honors student
    •  Senior project

Classics Program Description


Click here for the program description.