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Academic Program: Majors & Minors

Haverford/Bryn Mawr major in Classical Culture & Society

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This major is intended for students with a broad interest in the ancient Greco-Roman world.  It is designed to allow the student to use a strong foundation in Greek or Latin as the springboard for a focused study of the culture and society of classical antiquity, concentrating in one of the following areas: archaeology and art history, philosophy and religion, literature and the classical tradition, history and society. 

Majors in Classical Culture and Society join the other departmental majors in the Senior Seminar in which they gain an acquaintance with several current issues and approaches in the field, learn about research techniques and resources, and have an opportunity to carry out original research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of the appropriate member of the Haverford or Bryn Mawr department.

Requirements:
  • Two semesters of either Latin or Greek beyond the introductory level.
  • One course in Greek or Roman history.
  • Three courses, at least two of which must be at the 200 level or above, in an area of concentration (archaeology and art history, history and society, literature and the classical tradition, philosophy and religion).
  • Three electives in classical studies, at least one of them (except in the case of History and Society concentrators) drawn from courses in History and Society.
  • Completion of the Major's Reading List (pilot program for majors in the class of 2012)
  • Senior Experience (398a/399b).
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Classical Languages

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The major in Classical Languages is designed to give students a solid grounding in both Greek and Latin and to introduce them to a variety of texts and genres studied in relation to their literary, historical, and philosophical contexts. 

Majors in Classical Languages join the other departmental majors in the Senior Seminar, in which they gain an acquaintance with several current issues and approaches in the field, learn about research techniques and resources, and have an opportunity to carry out original research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of the appropriate member of the Haverford or Bryn Mawr department.

Requirements:
  • Eight courses beyond the elementary level divided between Greek and Latin, at least two courses in each language must be at the 200 level or above. Equivalent courses may be taken at Bryn Mawr College.
  • Completion of the Major's Reading List (pilot program for majors in the class of 2012)
  • Senior Experience (398a/399b).
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Greek or Latin

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Students who major in Greek or Latin pursue an intensive curriculum in one of the two languages, and in addition do work at the advanced level in an allied field (which might itself be Classical Studies, but might also be English or another language, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Religion, History, Art History, Archaeology, or Music—indeed, almost any discipline that the student can connect to his or her intellectual interests as complementary of his or her language studies.

The reason for this is twofold. (1) We want to recognize the fact that Greek and Latin are of importance not only to those whose central interest is in the ancient world but to those working in a variety of disciplines or at a variety of periods in which knowledge of these languages has played a part.  (2) We think it’s helpful for students in Classics to get a strong sense of a particular discipline and its approach. 

Majors in Greek or Latin join the other departmental majors in the Senior Seminar, in which they gain an acquaintance with several current issues and approaches in the field, learn about research techniques and resources, and have an opportunity to carry out original research on a topic of their choice under the supervision of the appropriate member of the Haverford or Bryn Mawr department.

Requirements:
  • Six semester courses beyond the elementary level in one ancient language, of which at least four must be at the 200 level or above.
  • A minimum of three semester courses beyond the introductory level in a related field (e.g. another language, Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Religion, Philosophy). Equivalent courses may be taken at Bryn Mawr College.
  • Completion of the Major's Reading List (pilot program for majors in the class of 2012)
  • Senior Experience (398a/399b).
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Archaeology

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Haverford students often pursue coursework and research on the material culture of the ancient world within one of our major programs. Our students may also complete a major or minor in Archaeology or a component of a concentration in geoarchaeology through the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr.

The Archaeology program is interdisciplinary and encourages students to take advantage of related offerings in Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Geology, History, History of Art, and the Program in the Growth and Structure of Cities. The Ella Riegel Memorial Collection of over 6,000 artifacts is used in instruction. In collaboration with the Departments of Geology, Biology and Anthropology, a concentration in Geoarchaeology is offered together with coursework and laboratory training in Geographic Information Systems.

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Minors

Minoring in Classical Culture & Society

Six courses drawn from the range of courses counted towards the Classical Culture and Society major are required. Of these, two must be in Greek or Latin at the 100 level or above and at least one must be in Classical Culture and Society at the 200 level or above.

Greek

Six semester courses in the language, of which at least two must be at the 200 level or above; the number of required courses may be reduced for those who are already beyond the elementary level when they begin the minor.

Latin

Six semester courses in the language, of which at least two must be at the 200 level or above; the number of required courses may be reduced for those who are already beyond the elementary level when they begin the minor.

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Learning Goals for All 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 (broadly understood)
  • A sense of the historical and cultural context of texts, ideas, and events
  • A capacity to engage 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

Requirements for Honors

Students demonstrating superior performance in course work in the major and on the senior thesis will be eligible for Departmental Honors. To qualify for Honors, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7 in their major courses (3.85 for High Honors) and earn a grade of at least 3.7 on the senior thesis (3.85 for High Honors).