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The principal objectives of the Department of Classical Studies are two:
- To contribute broadly to the humanistic education of the undergraduate student through courses involving the reading of Greek and Latin literature in the original languages and through courses conducted in English in the area of Classical Civilization;
- To offer those students who wish it a specialized training in the Greek, Hebrew, and Latin languages or in Classical Civilization for vocational or professional purposes.
In recent years, a large number of graduates have become teachers at the secondary level or have continued their study of the Classics in graduate school. Many others have used their undergraduate training as a basic educational background for various business occupations and professions.
The department is affiliated with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, and the Intercollegiate Center in Rome; many students take advantage of the benefits of their programs.
Departmental placement in Latin is achieved through the submission of the results of a standardized examination, either a certified external examination, such as the SAT II Achievement Test in Latin or an AP Latin examination, or the department’s own internal examination. For further information, see the catalog section on “Requirements for Degrees: Course Specific Requirements: Foreign Language Proficiency.”
Programs and Course Descriptions