Majors and Minors

The Classics department offers four majors and minors: Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Languages and Literatures, and Classical Studies. A convenient overview can be seen on the document "The Four Majors at a Glance". All major students need to complete the Culminating Experience Requirement.

How to declare

  1. You'll need to choose one of the four major tracks. Have a look at the links on this page, think about what is important to you, and make an initial selection. If you're not sure, just familiarize yourself with the options and then talk to a faculty member.
  2. Get in touch with a member of the faculty, either the department chair (Prof. Graver) or another professor you have studied with. Tell them you are thinking about the major or minor, and take a little time to talk about your personal goals and your overall academic interests. Make some notes about upcoming courses you want to be sure to include in your plan.
  3. Study the requirements for the major, minor, or modified major you want to declare; then make a list of the courses you still need to take. Consult the departmental course listings to see when different subjects are offered. You'll probably find it helpful also to download and fill out one of the PDF worksheets.
  4. Once you have a plan that you think will work, go onto your DartHub and find the Dartworks Planner. You need to enter your plan there, first by adding each term, past and future, when you are taking a Classics course, then by adding the course itself from the dropdown list. The Registrar has a fairly informative guide to help you with this part; you'll find it here.
  5. For the line about the Culminating Experience requirement, just write what you would like to do. You can review the options here. If your plan is for an Honors project, you will seek formal approval later (during your junior spring).
  6. When your plan is complete, save and submit it. You'll then receive an automated email, and the department chair will go over your plan to make sure it meets all requirements. If there's an issue, the chair will return the plan to you with suggestions for how to fix it. 
  7. Once your plan is approved, you become an official major, minor, or modifier and be granted priority enrollment in Classics courses. You'll also be assigned a departmental advisor. We are happy to have you as a student!