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The BA in Multidisciplinary Studies is designed to allow motivated students and faculty to create innovative curricula without having to establish new degree programs and departments. The Program in Classical Studies has taken advantage of this opportunity to create two approved concentrations:

  • LATN and GRK 1001-1004; 3001-3002 of one
  • Classical History (HIST 3405, 3410)
  • Classics Seminars (CLAS 2220 or 2230, CLAS 4000)
  • Classics Electives to make 36 sh
  • LATN or GRK 1001-1004 (required cognates)
  • Requirements for Classical Studies minor*
  • Classics Seminars (CLAS 2220 or 2230, 4000)
  • Classics Electives to make 30 sh

*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.

The complete degree (120 sh) normally consists of a foreign language requirement (12 sh), Foundations Curriculum (42 sh), a major (30-36 sh), a minor (24 sh) and electives (6-12 sh). Students have the option of replacing the minor with an additional 24 sh of 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 Studies major with a concentration in Classics or Classical Civilization should consult the Director of Classical Studies. 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 MA Ed. 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 will have to resort to lateral entry. Students must submit transcripts to the Regional Alternative Licensure Office for evaluation. To be considered highly qualified, students will be expected to have taken 24 sh of Latin language courses (LATN courses; courses with other prefixes will not count toward this total) including a course in Latin composition (under development) and a course in teaching methods. Education courses are required as well. It is advisable to take all of these before graduating so that upon successful review of the transcript, students will be able to teach for a year and then obtain certification [Caution: public schools cannot employ faculty full-time in a subject area for which they are not certified; a year of part time employment or certification or employment in a second area may be required the first year]. Interested student should contact the College of Education for advice early in the process.

GRADUATE SCHOOL: Those wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Classics should plan to pursue the Classics concentration (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.