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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

Greek & Latin Major Requirements — 10 courses [ Checklist ]

  • Six courses in Greek and Latin above the intermediate level, of which four must be at the 100-level.
  • Four other courses offered by the department.

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Greek Major Requirements — 10 courses [ Checklist ]

  • Classics 31 (Classics of Greece) or Greek 131 (Survey of Greek Literature)
  • Classics 37 (History of Ancient Greece)
  • Four courses in Greek, one of which may be Greek 3, at least three at the 100-level; not including GRK 131 if taken in place of CLS 31, but if a student take both CLS 31 and GRK 131, then GRK 131 can be counted here.
  • Four other courses in the department (CLS, LAT, GRK, SKT of which at least two must be at the 100-level.

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Latin Major Requirements — 10 courses [ Checklist ]

  • Classics 32 (Classics of Rome) or Latin 132 (Survey of Latin Literature)
  • Classics 38 (History of Ancient Rome)
  • Five in Latin above LAT 3, including at least three at the 100-level; not including LAT 132 if taken in place of CLS 32, but if a student takes both CLS 32 and LAT 132, then LAT 132 can be counted here.
  • Three other courses in the department (CLS, LAT, GRK, SKT), of which two must be at the 100-level.

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Classical Studies Major Requirements — 10 courses [ Checklist ]

  • Two courses: CLS 31 or GRK 131; CLS 32 or LAT 132
  • Two courses in Greek & Roman History (CLS 37 & 38), or two in Greek & Roman Archaeology (CLS 27, 164, or 168)
  • Two Classics (CLS, LAT, or GRK) courses numbered above 100 in addition to any taken in fulfillment of requirements above.
  • Four other courses: Two must be in Classics (CLS), Latin (LAT) 3 or above, or any level of Greek (GRK) language. Two may be in be in Sanskrit (SKT) or related fields. See related fields option. Latin and Greek Language courses are strongly recommended.

NOTE: Only in exceptional cases will the Department recommend for Summa honors a Classical Studies Major who has not taken a course in either language.

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Archaeology Major Requirements — 11 courses [ Checklist ]

  • Four required courses
    • Anthropology 39 (may substitute ANTH 20 or 27)
    • Archaeology 27 (co-listed as FAH 19 and CLS 27)
    • Archaeology 30 (co-listed as ANTH 50)
    • Earth & Ocean Sciences 2
  • Seven elective courses from History, Natural Science, and Art
    • Two (2) History courses taken from CLS 26, 37, 38 , 47, 85, 86, 142, 143, 144, 146, 147, 185, 186; HIST 6, 13, 17, 23, 40, 50, 51, 72, 76, 105, 148, 149, 151
    • Two (2) Natural Science courses taken from ANTH 40 (formerly 20), 49, 126, 132, 150, 182; BIO 7, 10, 143, 144; CHEM 2, 8; EOS 32
    • Three (3) Archaeology courses taken ARCH 26, 49, 51, 52, 91, 92, 128, 160, 163, 164, 167, 168, 187, 188, 190, 191, 192; CLS 26, 87, 88, 160, 163, 164, 167, 168, 187, 188; FAH 103, 104, 105, 106
  • Seniors are encouraged to write an interdisciplinary capstone (research paper).

Archaeology Program Overview

Our understanding of the majority of the human past, for which the written record is nonexistent or minimal, is based on a material record. Archaeology examines this record of human activity to recover and interpret information about past societies and cultures.

Tufts offers a general interdisciplinary undergraduate major in archaeology, incorporating courses from the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Ideally, a student in archaeology will combine course work with first-hand experience in recovery, conservation, and interpretation of material remains.

The archaeology program has had affiliations over the years with several summer field schools and other institutes, including the Murlo excavation in Italy, the Talloires/Mt. Musièges excavation in France, the Old Sturbridge Village Field School, and with the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology (CMRAE), an alliance of Boston-area programs which offers specialized course work in the scientific dimensions of archaeological study based at M.I.T., an alliance of Boston-area programs which offers specialized course work in the scientific dimensions of archaeological study. Students are also encouraged to take appropriate coursework at the universities affiliated in the Boston Consortium (Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University).

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