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In addition to Latin, Ancient Greek, Classics Humanities courses, and the Classical Studies minor, the Program in Classical Studies offers two concentrations within the BA in Multidisciplinary Studies that make it possible to pursue a major:

  • LATN and GRK 1001-2004; 3001-3002 of one
  • Classical History (HIST 3405, 3410)
  • Classics Seminars (CLAS 2220/2230, 4000)
  • Classics Electives to make 36 sh
  • LATN or GRK 1001-2004 (required cognates)
  • Requirements for Classical Studies minor*
  • Classics Seminars (CLAS 2220/2230, 4000)
  • Classics Electives to make 30 sh

The complete MULT degree (48-54 sh) normally consists of a major and a minor. Students have the option of replacing the minor with additional courses in the approved Classical Studies curricula or negotiated with the faculty mentor according to the needs of the student (such as French and German for those going on to graduate school in Classics, or a pre-med or pre-law curriculum). Between the major and the minor, a minimum of 24 sh must be above 2999. Students wishing to discuss or declare a multidisciplinary major in Classical Studies should consult the Director of Classics. After a student is declared, either the director or a faculty member mutually agreed between the director and student will act as advisor and mentor. Students preparing for graduation should notify the director two semesters in advance to compile a senior summary required of all students.

Teacher Certification
East Carolina University does not offer a degree in Latin with teacher certification. Students interested in advanced study should apply to the MAEd in Latin at UNC Greensboro; UNC-CH and UNC-A offer undergraduate degrees with certification. Students wishing to become certified to teach Latin upon graduating from ECU have recourse to lateral entry. Students should contact the Alternative Licensure Office for an approved curriculum. To be considered highly qualified, students will be expected to have a 2.5 gpa and 24 sh of Latin language courses (LATN courses; courses with other prefixes will not count toward this total) including a course in Latin composition (LATN 3330) and a course in Latin teaching methods. Education courses are required, as is a score of 146 on the Latin Praxis II exam. It is advisable to take all of these before graduating so that upon successful review of the transcript by the Alternative Licensure Center, students will be qualified to teach for a year and then obtain certification. Interested students should contact the Alternative Licensure office for advice early in the process.

Those wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Classics should plan to take the BA in Classics (requiring at least 3 years of Latin and 2 years of Greek and ideally 4 years of both). Applicants are also encouraged to take as much modern language as possible from among French, German and Italian. Time does not permit for these in graduate school, and reading proficiency examinations in two are usually required for the PhD. Graduate students are often asked to read articles in foreign languages for graduate courses. Applications to graduate programs in Classics that lack at least some advanced work in both Latin and Greek and intermediate knowledge of at least one modern language are not given serious consideration. Students applying for graduate study in Classical Archaeology should plan to take in addition a minor or second major in Anthropology.

*Unlike the minor, however, courses used to satisfy the foundations curriculum or foreign language requirement for the BA degree cannot be used towards a major unless it is a second major or second degree. In the latter cases up to 12 sh. is allowable.

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