Classical Studies Major Requirements

The following courses may be offered every year, every other year, or irregularly.  Please be sure to consult with your advisor before planning your schedule.  In general, 11 courses plus Language Proficiency are required.  As of Sept. 1, 2015, we have revised the major to include a new Capstone Course as one of four core courses.  Students declaring a CLAS major after September 2015 are now required to take that new Capstone Course as part of the revised major.  For those declared after before September 1, 2015, the Capstone Course is still an option as one of the 8 "other required courses" and we encourage students to speak with their advisors if they are interested.

I.  Core Requirements (4 courses are required/12 credit hours)


II.  Other Requirements in CLAS and Related Departments (7 courses are required)

Seven (7) courses must be taken as follows:

  • Four courses (12 credits) from Group A, including at least one at the 3000 level or above.
  • Three courses (9 credits) from Groups A & B.

Students may also earn credit from directed study or coursework abroad if approved by appropriate faculty in Classics.

(A) Courses in Classical Studies (CLAS/GREK/LATN):

CLAS 2104

Ancient Medicine and Modern Medical Terms

CLAS 2105/2105W

Special Topics (may be repeated for credit)

CLAS 2106  

Mythology of the Classical World

CLAS 2107       

Greek and Roman Drama

CLAS 2803

The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.  (= HIST 2803)

CLAS 2804   

History of Ancient Israel (= HIST 2804)

CLAS 3111

Topics in Ancient History (may be repeated for credit) (= HIST 3111)

CLAS 3114  

Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures (may be repeated for credit)

CLAS 3115

Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology (may be repeated for credit)

GREK 3001-3002

Major Greek Authors (Advanced Greek)

LATN 3001-3002

Major Latin Authors (Advanced Latin)

CLAS 39014901

Directed Project (1-3 credits)

(B) Courses in Related Departments (no more than to 3 courses/9 credit hours not already taken as Core Requirement)                        

ANTH 2601  

Language and Linguistic Analysis (may be taken as Linguistics)

ANTH 3805  

Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands (= AH 2106)

ANTH 3806  

Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age (= AH 2104)

ANTH 3834  

Mediterranean Field Program

AH 2101  

Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece

AH 2102  

Ancient Art of the Roman Empire

AH 2111  

Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture

PHIL 2111  

History of Ancient Philosophy

PSC 2105  

Political Theory: Major Issues of Western Political Thought I (Plato to Aquinas)

REL 3341  

Christianity and the Ancient World


III.  Ancient Language Proficiency

  • Proficiency in either ancient Greek or Latin through the 2002 level 


  • Proficiency in one ancient language through the 2001 level and in the other through the 1002 level

Students with prior courses in Greek or Latin are placed in courses based on the Placement Exam offered by the Language Center. Students who have scored a four (4) or five (5) on the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam for Latin or who place into 3001 or higher must still take at least one ancient language course at GW or at an approved program (DegreeMap does not allow such a course to count in Area II Other Requirements).


IV.  Graduation with Special Honors in Classical Studies

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, a student must have attained a 3.7 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.25 average overall by the end of the junior year.  No later than the beginning of the senior year, students must consult a departmental faculty member about a research project to be prepared under the supervision of that faculty member through CLAS 3901 Directed Project, CLAS 4901 Directed Project, or CLAS 4111 Capstone Study.  Only if a committee of two faculty members approves the completed project will Special Honors be recommended; the research project must be graded A or A-.


Special Notes

  • Cross-Listed Courses: In all cases, cross-listed courses may be substituted, e.g., CLAS 2111/HIST 2111AH 2104/ANTH 3806.
  • Study Abroad: The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the College Year in Athens, are highly recommended for students majoring in CLAS. Talk to your advisor early to plan course scheduling accordingly.
  • Going on to Graduate Study: In addition to knowledge of both ancient languages, graduate programs in classical philology, history, art/archaeology, and philosophy usually also require students to pass exams in two modern languages (most often French and German) at some point during their graduate career and often look for proficiency in at least one of those modern languages as a prerequisite for admission to a graduate program.


Minor in Classical Studies

Prerequisite: Latn or Grek 1001- 2. The minor consists of 16 credit hours selected from Latn or Grek 2001- 230013002; Clas 2105 through 4901; Anth 383438053806; AH21012102. In all cases, cross-listed courses may be substituted (e.g., Clas/Hist 2112).