Course Planning

Classics Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The following is a typical plan for this 13 course major. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

Fundamentals of Latin I (LATI 110)

Fundamentals of Latin II (LATI 120)

Classical Mythology (CLAS 200) or another 200-level course coded CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS

Sophomore

Readings in Latin (LATI 210)

One course at or above LATI 390

1-3 courses from the following list:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major: Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Other courses coded CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS
Junior

2-4 courses from the following list:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major: Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Readings in Greek (GREE 210, fall)
  • Other courses coded CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS

1-2 courses at the 300-level in Latin and/or Greek

Senior

Advanced Reading & Research in Latin Literature (LATI 410)

2-4 courses in LATI, GREE, or CLAS necessary to complete the major:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major:  Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Other courses coded LATI, GREE, or CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year. The following is a typical plan for this 13 course major. This is not the only way forward. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

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Sophomore

Fundamentals of Latin I (LATI 110)

Fundamentals of Latin II (LATI 120)

1-3 courses from the following list:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major: Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Other courses coded CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS
Junior

Readings in Latin (LATI 210)

One course at or above LATI 390

2-4 courses from the following list:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major: Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Readings in Greek (GREE 210, fall)
  • Other courses coded CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS

1-2 courses at the 300-level in Latin and/or Greek

Senior

Advanced Reading & Research in Latin Literature (LATI 410)

2-4 courses in LATI, GREE, or CLAS necessary to complete the major:

  • Introductory Greek sequence: Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120)
  • Specific CLAS courses required for the major: Classical Mythology (CLAS 200); Greek Civilization (CLAS/HIST 301); Roman Civilization (CLAS/HIST 302)
  • Other courses coded LATI, GREE, or CLAS or cross-listed with CLAS

Planning Recommendations:

  • Topics in Latin Literature (LATI 390) and Topics in Greek Literature (GREE 390) courses are taught with different topics each semester and so can be taken multiple times for credit each time. 
  • Students interested in graduate study in Classics should take more than the minimum number of required language courses at the 300-level.
  • The Classics major can be completed in 3 years, but Fundamentals of Latin I and II (LATI 110 & LATI 120) must be completed by the end of the sophomore year.
  • The Classics minor can be completed in 2-3 years, but Fundamentals of Latin I and II (LATI 110 & LATI 120) or  Fundamentals of Ancient Greek I and II (GREE 110 and GREE 120) must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Capstone: The capstone in Classics consists of two parts:  a 400-level language course and an exam on key Greek and Roman authors.