The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2013-14 Course Catalog.
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
The sequence of courses in the ancient Greek language is designed to acquaint the students with the various aspects of Greek culture through a mastery of the language and a comprehension of Greek history, mythology, religion and the other basic forms of expression through which the culture developed. The works of poets, philosophers, and historians are studied both in their historical context and in relation to subsequent Western thought.
The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing two semesters of Greek with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in the second semester.
Requirements in the major are two courses in Greek at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level, one course at the 300 level (or above) and the Senior Seminar and the thesis.
Also required are three courses to be distributed as follows: one in Greek history, one in Greek archaeology, and one in Greek philosophy.
By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed a sight translation examination from Greek to English.
Prospective majors in Greek are advised to take Greek in their first year. For students entering with Greek there is the possibility of completing the requirements for both A.B. and M.A. degrees in four years. Those interested in pursuing advanced degrees are advised to have a firm grounding in Latin.
Requirements for a minor in Greek are two courses at the introductory level, two courses at the 100 level, two courses at the 200 level.
The major in Latin is designed to acquaint the student with Roman literature, history and culture in all its aspects. Works in Latin language, ranging from its beginnings to the Renaissance, are examined both in their historical context and as influences on post-classical cultures and societies up to the present day. A number of courses in Latin at the 200-level are offered in rotation at Bryn Mawr and Haverford. They are based on authors and topics in Roman imperial literature ranging from the Augustan Age to Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages and are designed to illustrate the richness of this literary patrimony.
The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing LATN 110-112 or 101-102 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in the second semester.
Requirements for the major are two courses in Latin at the 100 level, two literature courses at the 200 level, two literature courses at the 300 level, HIST 207 or 208, Senior Seminar and thesis, and two courses to be selected from the following: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at the 100 level or above; Greek at the 100 level or above; French, Italian or Spanish at the 200 level or above. Courses taken at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome are accepted as part of the major. By the end of the senior year, majors will be required to have completed successfully a sight translation examination from Latin to English.
Students who place into 200-level courses in their first year may be eligible to participate in the A.B./M.A. program. Those interested should consult the department as soon as possible.
Requirements for the minor are normally six courses in Latin, including one at the 300-level. For non-majors, two literature courses at the 200-level must be taken as a prerequisite for admission to a 300-level course.
The major in Classical Languages is designed for the student who wishes to divide her time between the two languages and literatures.
The requirements for the major, in addition to the Senior Seminar and the thesis, are eight courses in Greek and Latin including at least two at the 200-level in one language and two at the 300-level or above in the other, as well as two courses in ancient history and/or classical archaeology. There are two final examinations, a sight translation from Greek to English and another from Latin to English.
The major provides a broad yet individually structured background for students whose interest in the ancient classical world is general and who wish to pursue more specialized work in one or more particular areas.
The requirements for the major, in addition to the Senior Seminar and thesis, are nine courses distributed as follows:
The requirements for the minor are six courses drawn from the range of courses counted toward the major. Of these, two must be in Greek or Latin beyond the elementary level and at least one must be in classical culture and society at the 200-level.# # #
Students may complete a major in Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete a minor in Greek, Latin, or Classical Culture and Society. Students may complete an M.A. in Greek or Latin in the combined A.B./M.A. program.
In collaboration with the Department of Classics at Haverford College, the department offers four major programs of study: Greek, Latin, Classical Languages, and Classical Culture and Society. In addition to the sequence of courses specified for each major, all majors are expected to have read through the Classics Reading List before they participate in the Senior Seminar, a required full-year course. In the first term, students refine their ability to read, discuss, and critique classical texts through engagement with scholarship from various fields of Classical Studies while in the second term, they conduct independent research, culminating in a substantial thesis paper and a presentation to the department. Senior essays of exceptionally high quality may be awarded departmental honors at commencement.
Students, according to their concentrations, are encouraged to consider a term of study during junior year in programs such as the College Year in Athens or the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome.
Courses in Greek (GREK) and Latin (LATN) involve the study of the ancient language and reading texts in that language. Courses for which a knowledge of Greek or Latin is not required are listed under Classical Studies (CSTS).###