Classics Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Classics and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

  • A high level of proficiency in ancient Greek or Latin. This will ordinarily be demonstrated by successful completion of six semester courses or the equivalent in either language, and by the equivalent of three semester courses in the other classical language as well.
  • A good general knowledge of classical literature, history, and culture. This will normally be demonstrated by successful completion of advanced language courses in Greek or Latin literature and of at least four courses, tutorials, or ISPs on topics such as Greek and Roman history, art, philosophy, mythology, and literature.
  • At least two semesters (or the equivalent) of a modern language. This requirement may be waived for students not intending to pursue classics in graduate school.
  • A senior thesis. This might take the form of a critical analysis of a classical author or a study of a cultural problem in history, literature, or thought. In any case, a significant portion of the research should demonstrate the student’s capacity to use primary classical texts or artifacts.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Classics

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 1Elementary Latin 1 or Elementary Greek 1ISP 1Elementary Latin 2 or Elementary Greek 2
At least one course/tutorial/ISP in classics in translation this yearLAC 3
LAC 1
LAC 2
Year 2Elementary Greek 1 or Elementary Latin 1ISP 2Elementary Greek 2 or Elementary Latin 2
Advanced Latin or Advanced GreekAdvanced Latin or Advanced Greek
At least one course/tutorial/ISP in classics in translation this yearLAC 5
a course/tutorial/ISP in a related field this year
LAC 4
Year 3Advanced LatinISP 3Advanced Latin
Advanced GreekAdvanced Greek
At least one course/tutorial/ISP in classics in translation this yearModern foreign language 2
Modern foreign language 1LAC 7
a course/tutorial/ISP in a related field this year
LAC 6
Year 4Advanced Latin
Advanced Greek
At least one course/tutorial/ISP in classics in translation this year

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Classics

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Advanced Greek or Latincourses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translationAdvanced Greek or Latin
Greek or Latin IGreek or Latin 2
courses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translationcourses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translation
modern foreign languagemodern foreign language
courses, tutorials, or ISPs in related field
Year 4Advanced Greekcourses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translationAdvanced Greek or Latin
Advanced Latincourses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translation
courses, tutorials, or ISPs in classics in translation
courses, tutorials, or ISPs in related field