Academic Program: Learning Goals
Learning Goals for Classics Majors
- A capacity to read Greek, Latin, or both at a basic level (for majors in Classical Culture and Society) or at an advanced level (for majors in Greek, Latin, or Classical Languages)
- A shared familiarity with the core texts on the bi-college Classics majors’ reading list.
- A capacity for the close reading and interpretation of texts and other cultural artifacts.
- A sense of the historical and cultural context of texts, ideas, and events.
- A capacity to engage with and critically evaluate secondary literature.
- An acquaintance with central theoretical issues and approaches in the field.
- A mastery of basic research skills in the field.
- A capacity for critical thinking and argument.
Goals for the Senior Thesis
In the process of writing the senior thesis, students should acquire and demonstrate:
- The ability to craft an interesting and appropriate question in order to make a new contribution to the field of Classics.
- The ability to read relevant ancient texts, in the original languages as appropriate, and to discuss and analyze classical culture.
- A familiarity with relevant modern scholarship and engagement with the methods and standards of the discipline of Classics.
- The ability to develop an article-length paper, consisting of original work, under the mentorship of two faculty.
The thesis is evaluated on the following criteria:
- Formulation of the question and of the thesis that emerges.
- Familiarity with and understanding of primary texts
- Originality of approach and/or conclusions
- Use of evidence
- Logical development of argument
- Clarity of writing
- Degree to which the thesis is grounded in current knowledge about antiquity, demonstrates understanding of relevant methodological and theoretical issues, and meets the standards of the discipline of Classics