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Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Greek Language and Literature Major

The major consists of a minimum of 9 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the major.

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Summary of Requirements

Note: Credits for courses from the AP or IB exams will not count towards the 4 courses required in Greek above 102.

Entry-Level Course Sequence Suggestions

Students considering a major in Greek Language and Literature should include in their first- and second-year programs four semesters of work in the language as well as CLAS 103  and either CLAS 111  or CLAS 112 .

Transfer of Credit

No more than half the hours credited toward the major may be granted for work at other recognized institutions.


To be eligible for admission to the Honors Program in Greek Language and Literature, a student must have met the following requirements by the end of the junior year:

  • Passed either two 300-level courses in Greek and at least the 102-level course in Latin -or- one 300-level course in Greek and one 300-level course in Latin
  • Passed CLAS 103 - History of Greece  
  • Passed either CLAS 111  or CLAS 112  as well as two additional courses in Classical Civilization
  • Maintained a major GPA of at least 3.5, and a general GPA of 3.3

The department may invite qualified students to apply at the end of their junior year, but would also welcome applications from interested majors. Admission is based on overall academic distinction and outstanding work within the department.

To be awarded Honors in Greek Language and Literature, a student must:

  • Complete a major in Greek Language and Literature
  • Complete satisfactorily, in the junior or senior year, a reading list devised in consultation with a member of the department that includes primary (ancient) and secondary (critical, historical) readings; this reading list may be completed as part of a course
  • Pass (at the level of B+ or better), at the end of the relevant semester in the junior or senior year, a written translation exam on the primary sources in Greek
  • Complete satisfactorily a research project designed in consultation with members of the department
  • Pass an oral examination on the reading list and research project. (This examination may be conducted by an outside examiner, who would also pass judgement on the Honors project)

Students participating in the Honors Program should register for GREK 401F /GREK 401H  for a total of four credits in the relevant semester(s) in which the research paper is written.

Proposals must be submitted by early August of the academic year in which the honors project will be undertaken.

Greek Language and Literature Major Course Lists

Classics and Related Courses

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Distribution Requirement

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Among the three Classics and Related courses, students must complete at least one course in ancient Art and/or Archaeology, and at least one course on a relevant topic offered by another department.