Monday, January 2, 2012

Classical Studies

*Today's post features an article submitted to us via Sachin, who thought our readers may be interested in learning about college and university programs available to them:
 What Are My Degree Options for Classical Studies?

Most colleges and universities with Classical Studies departments offer a range of programs that students can choose. This allows students to select the specific program that meets the needs of their future academic and career goals. Before committing yourself to a Classical Studies program, you might want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of your degree options.

Single major degree programs allow students to concentrate on their interests in Classical Studies. Students that choose this option usually graduate with a Bachelors of Arts degree. Although the specific degree requirements vary from school to school, most programs require students to complete classes in either Greek or Latin language, several courses on history, and several courses about Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman societies.

Many students find that they get the best academic experience by combining their Classical Studies major with another concentration. For instance, a student might earn a dual major degree in Classical Studies and history, Classical studies and sociology, or Classical Studies and linguistics. Many Classics departments have recognized the advantages of combining majors in this way, so they allow students to complete their core requirements within the department while earning credits in other subjects. This helps student focus on the academic issues that interest them most. A student interested in Greek history, therefore, can take classes from the History department as well as the Classics department; a student interested in Roman society can take courses from the Sociology department and the Classics department. Students that complete dual major degrees usually earn Bachelors of Arts. 

Students that want to commit themselves to other areas of study have the option to fulfill their interests in Classical Studies by enrolling in minor programs. The course requirements for a minor are usually an abbreviated version of the major requirements. Instead of taking a lot of elective courses within the Classical Studies department, though, students focus on core classes that contribute that teach them the fundamentals of Greek and Roman culture. In many cases, students choose to add a major to their degree goals because they want to enhance their educations or show future employers (and graduate schools) that they can handle the higher demand of completing a major and a minor instead of just focusing on one area of study.

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1 comment:

  1. your blog looks great. Are you familiar with the center for Hellenic studies?

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