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

The Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies department offers two tracks for its major: Classical Languages and Classical Studies. The Classical Languages track is designed for students who have an interest in pursuing graduate work in Classics, while the Classical Studies track is designed for students who want a broader focus on the culture and history, and literature of the ancient Mediterranean world. Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of major with the advisor before declaring a track.

  1. Classical Languages Track: (10.5 units)
    1. Three units at the 200+ level of either Greek or Latin
    2. Two units at any level in the other ancient language;
    3. .5 unit (2 semesters) of CLSC 100 activity credit
    4. CLSC 101
    5. One unit from CLSC 210 - 220;
    6. One unit from CLSC 230 - 240
    7. One additional course in Classical Civilization (see list below) numbered 299 or above;
    8. Senior Thesis (CLSC 490), to be taken after both the required 200-level Classical Civilization courses and Latin or Greek 201 or equivalent have been completed. In the semester prior to registration for CLSC 490, students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form and submit it for approval to their thesis advisor and the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Chair. For more information on the thesis and the approval process, contact the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Chair.
    9. At least five major units must be completed at Puget Sound.
    Note: Since the Classical 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 and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Department about placement.
  2. Classical Studies Track: (10.5 units)
    1. CLSC 101
    2. .5 unit (2 semesters) of CLSC 100 activity credit
    3. One unit from CLSC 210 - 220;
    4. One unit from CLSC 230 - 240
    5. Three courses in either Greek or Latin;
    6. Three additional courses in Classical Civilization (see list below), Greek, or Latin, at least two of which must be numbered 299 or above;
    7. Senior Thesis (CLSC 490) to be taken after both the required 200-level Classical Civilization courses and Latin or Greek 201 or equivalent have been completed. In the semester prior to registration for CLSC 490, students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form and submit it for approval to their thesis advisor and the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Chair. For more information on the thesis and the approval process, contact the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Chair.
    8. 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 (6.25 units)

  1. One unit: CLSC 101
  2. Two units of Greek or Latin, OR one 100-level CLSC course and one 300-level CLSC course
  3. Two units at the 200-level (Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization)
  4. One unit at the 300-level (Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization)
  5. .25 unit CLSC 100 (activity credit)

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 and Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor. Minors may satisfy no more than one Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies minor requirement from university core requirements.

Courses in Classical Civilization

  • ARTH 360 Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece
  • ARTH 361 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
  • CLSC 130 Classical Mythology
  • CLSC 210 History of Ancient Egypt and the Near East
  • CLSC 280 The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
  • CLSC 211 History of Ancient Greece
  • CLSC 212 History of Ancient Rome
  • CLSC 230 Ancient Epic
  • CLSC 231 Ancient Tragedy
  • CLSC 232 Ancient Comedy
  • CLSC 233 The Ancient Novel
  • CLSC 280 The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World
  • CLSC 309 The Roman Revolution
  • CLSC 310 Late Antiquity and the "Fall" of the Roman Empire
  • CLSC 320 Ancient Cities
  • CLSC 321 Gods, Magic and Mysteries: Ancient Greek and Roman Religion
  • CLSC 322 Race and Ethnicity in the Ancient World
  • CLSC 323 Sex and Gender in Classical Antiquity
  • CLSC 330 Theories of Myth
  • CLSC 339 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and the Classics
  • CLSC 375 Special Topics in Classics
  • CONN 377 PTSD in the Ancient World
  • PHIL 215 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 361 Aristotle
  • PHYS 299 The History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy
  • PG 340 Democracy and the Ancient Greeks
  • SOAN 280 Archaeological Foundations