Greek Major and Minor

Haverford’s Greek major/minor offers students the opportunity to study Greek and to enrich language study with complementary inquiry in an allied discipline.

At the core of the major is the belief that Greek is vital to understanding not only the ancient world but also a range of disciplines and a variety of historical periods.

This major is one of four offered by the Classics Department. A small department with wide reach, we offer students the benefits of a close-knit academic community as well as access to a range of classes and faculty through our collaboration with Bryn Mawr’s Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies.

Curriculum & Courses

We encourage students in the major to do coursework in almost any field that they can link to their language studies. Many of our majors have pursued their particular interests through work in English, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Art History, Archaeology, History, and Music, though many other fields are possible.

Students pursuing the Greek major must be able to read Greek at an advanced level, which entails six courses in Greek beyond the elementary level. At least four of them must be at the advanced level or above. Through discussion and critical analysis, language classes at this level (200- and 300-level) typically address a particular theme, text, or topic related to ancient language or culture.

They must also take a minimum of three classes at a level above introductory in a related field. The major culminates with each student participating in the department-wide Senior Seminar and producing a Senior Thesis.

  • Major

    • Six courses beyond the introductory level in one 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.
    • Completion of the Majors' Reading List
    • Senior Seminar and Thesis (CSTS H398/CSTS H399).
  • Minor

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

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