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Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES)

Requirements for the Major in Classics
Requirements for the Major in Classical Humanities
Requirements for the Major in Latin
Requirements for the Certificate in Classical Studies
Honors in the Major
Placement and Retroactive Credit
Classics Courses
Greek Courses
Latin Courses

910 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-2041; classics@mhub.facstaff.wisc.edu; classics.lss.wisc.edu

Professors Aylward, McClure, McKeown, Rosenmeyer, Troxel; Associate Professors Beneker, Hutton; Assistant Professors Brockliss, Dressler, Nelsestuen, Pandey

Department Chair: Associate Professor Jeffrey Beneker
Department Administrator: Bill Bach
Undergraduate Advisor: Assistant Professor Grant Nelsetuen

The widespread influence of classical culture upon our own modern intellectual history and the intrinsic attractions of the material itself combine to make classics a dynamic and interesting field of study. From a more practical standpoint, and because of the discipline and rigor the major requires, a major in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies can prepare students for graduate study in multiple fields and may also help students gain admittance to professional programs in law and medicine.

The literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome form the primary subject of study within the field of classics. The department offers language instruction in both Greek and Latin as well as courses in classical civilization and culture. A student majoring in the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies is expected to acquire some familiarity with the entire spectrum of ancient Greek and Roman civilization, including language, literature, history, philosophy, art, and archaeology.

In order to respond to the interests of students who wish to emphasize either language or culture in their program of study, the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies offers three different majors and a certificate. The Latin and classics majors focus on language and literature, and students are expected to have advanced language competence upon completion of the major. The classical humanities major aims more broadly at the civilization and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and requires only an intermediate level of competence in one or more ancient languages. In addition, the department offers a certificate in classical studies that requires only culture courses but no Latin or Greek.

For all department majors, students must fulfill the L&S requirement of at least fifteen (15) credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. Courses must be at the intermediate or advanced level, and do not include courses offered at the elementary level. 

Requirements for the Major in Classics

1. Classics—Latin emphasis

A major in classics with an emphasis in Latin will be awarded if a student completes six (6) credits of Greek beyond the first year, normally 305–306, plus seventeen (17) credits of Latin beyond the first year including at least one course at the 500 level or above.

2. Classics—Greek emphasis

A major in Classics with an emphasis in Greek will be awarded if a student completes eight (8) credits of Latin beyond the first year, normally 203–204, plus fifteen (15) credits of Greek beyond the first year including at least one course at the 500 level or above.

Requirements for the Major in Classical Humanities

The classical humanities major consists of a combination of courses in ancient culture and classical languages. The major requirements are divided into three parts: Language, Literature and Culture, and Seminar. The requirements for the major are:

Language

Four semesters of Greek, Latin, or any combination of the two languages are needed to fulfill the language requirement. Courses normally will be a combination of Latin 103, 104, 203, 204 and/or Greek 103, 104, 305, 306. Credit by course examination (retro credit) may be used for no more than two semesters of this requirement.

Literature and Culture

Eighteen (18) credits in any of the following categories may be used to fulfill the literature and culture requirement. No more than two courses from the same outside department may be counted toward the Classical Humanities major.

All courses in Classics. However, no more than six (6) credits in Classics courses may be in courses numbered below 300.

Up to six (6) credits from courses in Greek and Latin above the second-year level. That is, courses numbered higher than Greek 306 and Latin 204, with the exception Latin 391 and 392.

Related courses in Art History including 115, 201, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 405, and 505.
Related courses in French and Italian including 550.
Related courses in Hebrew Studies including 346.
Related courses in History including 110, 112, 208, 251, 303, 306, and 307.
Related courses in History of Science including 322.
Related courses in Integrated Liberal Studies including 203, 205, and 207.
Related courses in Philosophy including 430 and 454.
Related courses in Political Science including 501 

Classics Seminar

To complete the classical humanities major, a student must complete three (3) credits of the undergraduate seminar, Classics 591 Approaches to the Classical World. This course is normally taken in the senior year. The credits earned in this seminar count toward fulfilling the literature and culture requirement above. A student may take an alternative seminar by requesting a course substitution from the undergraduate advisor in advance.

Requirements for the Major in Latin

A major in Latin will be awarded if a student completes twenty-six (26) credits beyond the first year, including 203–204, 301–302, and four courses at the 500 level or above. Prospective majors interested in teaching Latin in high school should consult the undergraduate advisor and the School of Education about requirements for teaching certification.

Requirements for the Certificate in Classical Studies

In order to receive the certificate in classical studies, students are required to complete eighteen (18) credits in classics and/or related fields. At least twelve (12) of these credits must be at or above the 300 level. Classical humanities majors are not eligible for the certificate in classical studies.

Approved Courses

Classics: 100, 110, 205, 273, 300, 304, 311, 320, 322, 324, 325, 350, 351, 370, 371, 372, 373, 376, 379, 430, 470, 476, 477, 517, 554, 555, 556, 561, 591, 602. Students should consult the department's undergraduate advisor about any courses in classics that are not listed.

In addition to courses in classics, the following courses offered by other departments also count toward requirements for the certificate:
Art History: 115, 201, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 405, 505
Hebrew Studies: 346
History: 110, 112, 208, 251, 303, 306, 307
History of Science: 322
ILS: 203, 205, 207
Philosophy: 430, 454
Political Science: 501
Courses cross-listed in more than one department may not be counted twice toward the certificate (for example, Classics 110/History 110, and Classics 300/Art History 300).

Honors in the Major

Classics and Latin

Candidates for Honors in the Major in Classics must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for courses in the major designated intermediate or advanced and an overall GPA of at least 3.3 in all courses taken at UW–Madison at the time of graduation. In addition they must take the Undergraduate Seminar, Classics 591, and complete a two-semester senior thesis or research project while enrolled in Classics 681–682.

Classical Humanities

Candidates for Honors in the Major in Classical Humanities must have am minimum grade point average of 3.5 for courses in the major designated intermediate or advanced. In addition, they must complete nine (9) credits of honors courses in classics or related areas as specified in the Literature and Culture requirement listed above, and complete a two-semester senior thesis or research project while enrolled in Classics 681–682.

Placement and Retroactive Credit

Latin courses 302 and below are open to freshmen with sufficient preparation. Credit by course examination (retroactive credit) may be earned for work done elsewhere, particularly in high school, by validating it through coursework at UW–Madison. The validating course must be the student's first college-level language course; and it must be taken before earning thirty (30) degree credits, and the student must earn at least a B. For Latin placement questions, please consult the undergraduate advisor, classics@mhub.facstaff.wisc.edu.