Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Classical Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum (below)

In addition to course requirements, students must complete the language proficiency requirement, which includes Greek (GREK) or Latin (LATN) language study through the 2002 level, or one classical language through the 1002 level and the other through the 2001 level. Students who have scored 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination for Latin or who place into the 3001 level or above must take at least one LATN or GREK course at the appropriate level at GW or at another approved institution.

Required
The following four courses (12 credits):
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
or AH 3102 Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
CLAS 2112History of Ancient Greece
or HIST 2112 History of Ancient Greece
CLAS 2113The Roman World to 337 A.D.
or HIST 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D.
CLAS 4111Capstone Study
Electives
Four courses (12 credits) from the following, including at least one at the 3000 level or above.
CLAS 2104Ancient Medicine and Modern Medical Terms
CLAS 2105Special Topics
or CLAS 2105W Special Topics
CLAS 2106Mythology of the Classical World
CLAS 2107Families and Politics in Ancient Drama
CLAS 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
or HIST 2803 The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
CLAS 2804History of Ancient Israel
or HIST 2804 History of Ancient Israel
CLAS 3105Topics in Classical Studies
CLAS 3111Topics in Ancient History
or HIST 3111 Topics in Ancient History
CLAS 3114Topics in Ancient Literatures and Cultures
CLAS 3115Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology
CLAS 3901Directed Project
or CLAS 3901W Directed Project
CLAS 4901Directed Project
GREK 3001Major Greek Authors I
GREK 3002Major Greek Authors II
LATN 3001Major Latin Authors I
LATN 3002Major Latin Authors II
Three courses (9 credits) from the list above, from the list below, or from a combination of both:
AH 3101Ancient Art of the Bronze Age and Greece
AH 3102Ancient Art of the Roman Empire
AH 3111Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture
ANTH 3805Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
or AH 3106 Art and Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
ANTH 3806Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
or AH 3104 Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
ANTH 3834Field Research: Old World
PHIL 2111History of Ancient Philosophy
or PHIL 2111W History of Ancient Philosophy
PSC 2105Major Issues of Western Political Thought I
REL 3341Christianity in the Ancient World

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must have attained a 3.7 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.25 average overall by the end of the junior year. No later than the beginning of the senior year, students must consult a departmental faculty member about a research project to be prepared under the supervision of that faculty member through CLAS 3901 Directed ProjectCLAS 4901 Directed Project, or CLAS 4111 Capstone Study. Only if a committee of two faculty members approves the completed project will Special Honors be recommended; the research project must be graded A or A−.