Outcome Statements for Classical Studies Majors
Students in this major study both Latin and Greek languages. At least 2 semesters of each language is required; most students study both languages for 4 semesters and one for six. When they complete the program, their specific abilities in Latin or Greek will therefore depend on how much of each they have studied.
- With 2 semesters, they will have a solid introduction to grammar and syntax, and will be able to read, with a dictionary, made-up Latin or Greek or real texts which have been simplified. After four semesters, they will be able to read real texts with the help of a commentary (eg., the Bryn Mawr Commentaries series) and a dictionary. With more than four semesters, they will be able to read any ancient Latin or Greek text with a dictionary. They will know at least two dialects of Greek (Attic and Homeric), and variants of Latin from the 3rd c. BCE to the 1st c. CE.
- Students will be familiar with the common meters of Latin and Greek poetry and will be able to read aloud accurately and fluently.
- Students will be familiar with several genres of Latin and Greek literature, both prose and poetry, (eg., epic, tragic and comic drama, lyric poetry, oratory, history, philosophy).
- Students will be familiar with the general social and historical contexts of the texts they have read.
- Students will be familiar with Roman and Greek myth, history, and art and architecture.