Department website: http://classics.sewanee.edu/
Professor McDonough, Chair
Assistant Professor Holmes
Assistant Professor McCarter
Visiting Assistant Professor Huber
Visiting Instructor True
Major and Minor in Greek or Latin and in Classical Languages: The department offers a major in Greek, a major in Latin, and a major in Classical Languages. Each student's major program is designed in consultation with the chair of the department.
Greek Major — The normal requirement for a Greek major is eight courses in Greek, one course in Greek history, one survey course in Greek literature, and one course to be determined by the chair in consultation with the student’s advisor. Greek majors planning graduate studies in classics should complete courses in Latin at least through 301.
Latin Major — The normal requirement for a Latin major is eight courses in Latin, one course in Roman history, one survey course in Latin literature, and one course to be determined by the chair in consultation with the student’s advisor. Latin majors planning graduate studies in classics should complete courses in ancient Greek at least through 301.
Classical Languages Major — The normal requirement for a major in Classical Languages is a minimum of six classes in the language of emphasis (ancient Greek or Latin), one survey course in the language of emphasis, and three additional courses from the Classics Department. The precise determination of these three courses is made by the chair in consultation with the student and the student’s advisor.
Minor in Greek or Latin — The department also offers a minor in Greek (which requires any six courses in ancient Greek) and a minor in Latin (which requires four courses in Latin numbered above 301).
Minor in Classical Languages — A minor in Classical Languages is offered for students who complete a four-course sequence in either language, plus any two appropriate courses from within or from outside the department to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor and the chair.
A student accepted to any of these majors in the Classics Department is assigned a reading list of ancient authors and modern works bearing on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Part of the comprehensive examination is based on these readings. To be eligible for departmental honors, a student majoring in Classical Languages, Greek, or Latin is required to pass all courses in the major with an average of B, to pass the comprehensive examination with a grade of A or B, and to complete an acceptable honors paper.
Departmental Programs and Opportunities: The University is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and majors are encouraged to study there for one semester. The James M. Fourmy Jr. Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving and qualified graduate of this University for graduate study in classical languages. The Charles M. Binnicker Endowment Fund for foreign study of classical languages provides aid to our students who wish to study abroad.
Core Requirement (applies only to the Class of 2016 and earlier): The foreign language requirement can be satisfied by any Latin course numbered 300–305.