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Classics

Requirements

Placement

All incoming students who have previously studied Latin or Ancient Greek in high school or elsewhere must take the College’s placement test. Placement can also be determined by a student's score on the College Board's SAT II test or the advanced placement test in Latin.

SAT II

SAT II students with scores of 425 or lower (and with fewer than three years of high school Latin) will be placed in LATN 101 or 102; 426–500 = LATN 102; 501–550 = LATN 102 or 201; 551–670 = LATN 201. If an SAT II score indicates a choice of two levels, a student should consult with a Classics faculty member for placement. A score of 670 or higher may qualify a student for more advanced courses.

Advanced Placement

For students with an advanced placement (AP) score of 4 or 5, credit toward the B.A. degree will be awarded automatically upon admission. Study must begin with Latin 401 or above to receive credit in Latin at Kalamazoo College. Students with AP scores of 3 may be granted the waiver of a prerequisite, but may not count an AP 3 for credit.

Units from Study Abroad and Transfer Credit

Students may receive up to one unit of credit toward the major or the minor for a class taken on study abroad. The course must first receive approval from the chair of the department. Students may also receive no more than one unit of transfer credit. As with a course being considered from study abroad, the course must get pre-approval form the chair of the department. Exceptions to these policies may be granted in unique circumstances and only through prior approval by the department.

Requirements for the Major in Classics

Number of Units
Nine units are required.

Required Courses
Five courses in one classical language above 201
Three courses in the other classical language above 102
CLAS 390 Junior seminar

Students considering a major in Classics are urged to begin their study of Latin or Ancient Greek in their first year.

Requirements for the Major in Latin

Number of Units
Eight units are required, not including Latin 101, 102, and 201 (the eight may include the SIP).

Required Courses
Five courses in Latin above 201
CLAS 390 Junior Seminar
One course in Roman history or archaeology
One other course on Roman literature or culture, or an additional Latin course.

Requirements for the Major in Greek

Number of Units
Eight units are required, not including Greek 101, 102, and 201 (the eight may include the SIP).

Required Courses
Five courses in Greek above 201
CLAS 390 Junior Seminar
One course in Greek history or archaeology
One other course on Greek literature or culture, or an additional Greek course.

Requirements for the Major in Classical Civilization

Number of Units
Nine units are required, not including Latin or Greek 101, 102, and 201 (the nine may include the SIP).

Required Courses
Two courses in Latin or Greek above the 201 level
CLAS 210 Classical Mythology
CLAS 390 Junior seminar

At least one course in classical history
CLAS/HIST 227 The Roman Army and the Frontiers of Empire
CLAS/HIST 225 Greek Civilization
CLAS/HIST 226 Roman Civilization

At least one course in classical art or archaeology
CLAS/ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
CLAS/ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

Three electives: any Classics, Latin or Greek course not previously taken.

Requirements for the Minor in Latin

Number of Units
Six units are required, not including Latin 101 and 102.

Required Courses
Four courses in Latin above 102
CLAS 210 Classical Mythology
One other course on a Roman topic

Requirements for the Minor in Greek

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
Four courses in Greek above 102
CLAS 210 Classical Mythology
One other course on a Greek topic

Requirements for the Minor in Classical Civilization

Required Courses
CLAS 210 Classical Mythology

At least one course in classical history
CLAS/HIST 227 The Roman Army and the Frontiers of Empire
CLAS/HIST 225 Greek Civilization
CLAS/HIST 226 Roman Civilization

At least one course in classical art or archaeology
CLAS/ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
CLAS/ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

Three electives: Any Classics course not previously taken; any Latin or Greek course above 102.