Degree: B.A., Classics
Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
Classics focuses on the study of the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Since many of the ideas and principles which emerged in the classical world are basic to Western culture, courses in Classics apply to the study of almost all the liberal arts and sciences.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics may choose among three concentrations: Latin (see Latin); an interdisciplinary concentration in Classical Civilization; or an interdisciplinary concentration in Classical Archaeology. Students develop their major programs in consultation with a faculty advisor.
The concentration in Classical Archaeology offers special preparation to those students who wish to pursue museum or field work in archaeology. A concentration in Classical Archaeology joined with a related major such as anthropology, art history, historic preservation, history, or religious studies will enable a student to add depth of knowledge about the ancient world to his or her study of those disciplines.
Opportunities for study and excavation abroad are readily available to the Classics major. Mary Washington is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, the American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Students are welcome to consult with the Classics faculty about programs at these and other institutions. Qualified students are invited to join Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for Classics, and to try for departmental honors in their senior year.
|CLAS 103||Ideas and Culture: Greek Civilization||3|
|CLAS 105||Ideas and Culture: Roman Civilization||3|
|Select one of the following:||6|
and Intermediate Greek
6 credits in upper-level Latin (or, in exceptional cases and with approval, upper-level Greek) courses
|Select 6 credits of the following:||6|
|Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology|
|History of Ancient Greece|
|History of Ancient Rome|
|Select 9 credits in approved archaeology courses, out of which at least 6 credits must be in Classics||9|
Approved Archaeology Courses
|ARTH/CLAS 305||Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology 1||3|
|CLAS 351||Special Studies in Classical Civilization 2||3|
|CLAS 352||Special Studies in Classical Civilization 2||3|
|CLAS 380||Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World||3|
|CLAS 390||Ancient City||3|
|CLAS 485||Guided Research||3|
|CLAS 491||Individual Study 2||1-4|
|CLAS 492||Individual Study 2||1-4|
|CLAS 499||Internship 2||1-4|
|ARTH 315A||Art Museum Studies||3|
|HISP 207||American Archaeology||3|
|HISP 462A||Laboratory Methods in Archaeology||3|
|HISP 463||Laboratory in Museum Design and Interpretation||3|
|HISP 467||Field Methods in Archaeology||3|
If not already counted as fulfilling the requirement listed above.
LATN 425 Latin Tutoring Practicum does not count in the major.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Department
Joseph M. Romero, Chair
Liane R. Houghtalin, Career Advisor (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey, Career Advisor (Philosophy)
Mehdi Aminrazavi, Career Advisor (Religion)
(The person’s subject field is indicated in parentheses.)
David K. Ambuel (Philosophy), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Mehdi Aminrazavi (Philosophy and Religion), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Liane R. Houghtalin (Classics)
Mary Beth Mathews (Religion)
Jason P. Matzke (Philosophy)
Nina Mikhalevsky (Philosophy)
Angela L. Pitts (Classics)
Joseph M. Romero (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey (Philosophy)
Jennifer A. Barry (Religion)
Daniel A. Hirshberg (Religion)
Michael J. Reno (Philosophy)