Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Requirements for the Major

Students considering applying to graduate school in Classics or a related field should consult with a member of the Classics faculty as soon as possible. Such students are strongly encouraged to choose the Language track and to take additional units of Greek and Latin.

Classical Languages Track: (10 or 11 units)

  1. Six units of either Greek or Latin

    OR

    Five units of study in one language and two units in the other;
  2. CLSC 210, 222, 225, or 231;
  3. CLSC 211 or 212;
  4. One additional course in Classical Civilization (see list below) numbered 299 or above;
  5. Senior Thesis (CLSC 400), to be taken after both the required 200-level Classical Civilization courses and Latin or Greek 201 or equivalent have been completed. The senior thesis must be taken concurrently with a Greek, Latin, or Classics 300-level course and completed in conjunction with the class.
  6. At least five major units must be completed at Puget Sound.
    Note: Since the Greek or Latin Language track requires at least five terms of Greek or Latin, students who begin the study of classical languages at Puget Sound must normally begin by the first semester of the sophomore year in order to complete the major by the end of their fourth year. Students who enter Puget Sound with some Latin or Greek should consult with the Classics Department about placement.

Classical Studies Track: (10 units)

  1. CLSC 210, 222, 225, or 231;
  2. CLSC 211 or 212;
  3. CLSC 280 or ART 360 or 361;
  4. Three courses in either Greek or Latin;
  5. Three additional courses in Classical Civilization (see list below), Greek, or Latin, at least two of which must be numbered 299 or above;
  6. Senior Thesis (CLSC 400), to be taken after both the required 200-level Classical Civilization courses and Latin or Greek 201 or equivalent have been completed. The senior thesis must be taken concurrently with a Greek, Latin, or Classics 300-level course and completed in conjunction with the class.
  7. At least five major units must be completed at Puget Sound.
    Note: Classical Studies Majors may meet no more than one unit of their Classical Studies requirements with coursework from a minor or second major. Majors may satisfy no more than one Classical Studies requirement with coursework from the university core.

Requirements for the Minor (6 units)

  • Three courses in either Greek or Latin;
  • Three courses in Classical Civilization (see list below), Greek, or Latin, two of which must be numbered 299 or above;

Note: A student may use no more than one unit from his/her major field or another minor field to fulfill the requirements of the Classics minor. Minors may satisfy no more than one Classics minor requirement from university core requirements.

Courses in Classical Civilization

  • ART 360, Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece
  • ART 361, Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
  • CLSC 210, Greek Mythology
  • CLSC 211, History of Ancient Greece
  • CLSC 212, Ancient Rome
  • CLSC 222, Greco-Roman World
  • CLSC 225, Gender and Identity in Greece and Rome
  • CLSC 230, The Classical Tradition
  • CLSC 231, Greek and Roman Epic: Genre and Meaning
  • CLSC 280, The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
  • CLSC 301, Greek Tragedy
  • CLSC 304, The Ancient Novel
  • CLSC 305, Inventing the Barbarian
  • CLSC 308, Ancient Cities
  • CLSC 309, The Roman Revolution
  • CLSC 311, Greek and Roman Comedy
  • CLSC 318, Greek and Roman Religion
  • CLSC 375, Special Topics in Classics
  • CLSC 390, Late Antiquity and the "Fall" of the Roman Empire
  • CONN 315, Democracy, Ancient and Modern
  • HUM 210, Power and Culture in Periclean Athens and Augustan Rome
  • PHIL 215, Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 361, Aristotle
  • PHYS 299, The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy
  • PG 340, Democracy and the Ancient Greeks