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Classics, Bachelor

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University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Classics program at the Smith College is about the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilization, which laid the foundation of the western tradition in literature, philosophy, history, art, science and mathematics. Classics is thus not confined to one field or method, but has always been inherently interdisciplinary. 
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The Classics program at the Smith College has students who spend most of their time reading Greek and Latin texts in the original languages, but they can also take courses in English translation in a variety of disciplines in order to get a broader, interdisciplinary perspective. Classics makes a dynamic and rewarding standalone major, but it can be (and often is) paired with a second major.

Learning Goals

Students majoring in classics or classical studies should be able to:

  • Translate with accuracy and understanding Latin and/or Greek texts from a variety of historical periods and genres.
  • Appreciate literary texts (epic, tragedy, elegy, oratory, history or philosophy) in relation to their historical frameworks, both diachronic (texts in dialogue with one another across a literary tradition) and synchronic (texts responding to specific historical conditions).
  • Have a working knowledge of the basic tools and resources, both print and electronic, for conducting research about ancient Greek and Roman culture.
  • Write clear, cogent interpretive arguments that demonstrate an ability to evaluate and engage critically with both primary sources and secondary literature.
  • Communicate ideas clearly and effectively in oral argument.
  • Develop an historical awareness of the enduring influence of the classics in the arts and culture of subsequent periods up to the present day.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Greek
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elementary Greek 
  • Introduction to Homeric Epic 
  • Elementary Latin 
  • Advanced Readings in Latin Literature 
  • Roots: Greek and Latin Elements in English 
  • The Trojan War 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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    55380 USD/year
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    55380 USD/year
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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