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What's a typical course of study?

In addition to taking at least three semesters of Latin, our majors have the option of exploring a wide variety of courses using different approaches, including historical (History of the Ancient Mediterranean), literary (Homeric Banquet), archaeological (Pompeii), and artistic (Greek Art History). Some of our courses offer a combined approach (such as our Words and Works of Greece/Rome series, which uses both archaeology and literature to study the past), while others focus more specifically on topics, like mythology (Damn the Gods) or sexuality (Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World). You also can set up an independent study with Max or Susan if we do not already offer a course you want.

General Education Requirements

The Department offers two courses that fulfill the Language component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, ANCS 112 and 113; six courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity requirement, ANCS 130, 221, 222, 241, 315 and 371; and seven courses that fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement, ANCS 155, 241, 350, 351, 356, 357 and 358. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.

The Major

Eight of the following courses — at least one from section A and one from section B

  • Section A (Writing)
    • PHIL 155 Ancient Greek Philosophy
    • ANCS 350 Words and Works in Rome
    • ANCS 351 Words and Works in Ancient Greece
    • ANCS 356 Homeric Banquet
    • ANCS 371 Herodotus and the Persian War
  • Section B (Research)
    • ANCS 222 Greece and Rome in Film
    • ANCS 315 Pompeii: Life & Death
    • ANCS 346 Ovid's Metamorphoses
    • ANCS 357 Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World
    • ANCS 358 Greek and Roman Drama
  • Section C (Assorted)
    • ANCS 130 Damn the Gods
    • ANCS 241 Ancient Mediterranean History
    • Other related courses taken at Earlham or abroad, pending departmental approval.
    • A relevant internship or related experience (e.g., archaeological digs, EPIC Advantage programs, language workshops), pending departmental approval.

Three Latin Courses, or demonstration of 300-level proficiency by passing ANCS 342

  • ANCS 112 Classical Latin I
  • ANCS 113 Classical Latin II
  • ANCS 342 Reading Latin

Two Capstone Courses

  • ANCS 486 Senior Research
  • ANCS 488 Senior Capstone Experience


The Minor

Language Courses

  • ANCS 112 Classical Latin I and ANCS 113 Classical Latin II


  • ANCS 342 Reading Latin

Additional Courses

  • Three ANCS courses at the 200-level or above