Most students at the University follow the "Plan I" degree program. Each year, however, a small number of students are accepted into the "Plan II" Honors program. This is in itself a major, comprising specific courses and sequences of courses in humanities, mathematics and science, social science and interdisciplinary seminars, in addition to a senior thesis. Over a third of these courses are limited to Plan II students, all of which are taught by outstanding professors in the various departments. Several Classics faculty teach regularly in Plan II. The size of these classes allows a great deal of student-faculty interaction and more in-class discussion than the large lecture courses. Because the program is itself so small there is also a strong feeling of collegiality and community among Plan II students.
It is possible to double major in Plan II and several students regularly choose to do so in Classics. The Classics Department accepts four Plan II interdisciplinary seminars (the TC courses) in lieu of a minor, and the student will obtain a major in Latin, Greek or Classics by using electives in the Plan II program to take the required courses. Because we accept Plan II as a minor this still leaves a student double majoring in Plan II and Latin or Greek five electives to pursue other interests. Even in a Classics double major--with the requirements for both Classical languages--there is still room for one elective. A typical course of study in Plan II and Classics would look like this, (courses marked with an asterisk (*) are reserved exclusively for Plan II students):
Semester 1: *English 603a, Non-US History sequence, *Philosophy 313 Q-Logic, Latin 506, *TC 301
Semester 2: *English 603b, Non-US History sequence, *Math 310, Latin 507, *TC 301
Semester 1: *Philosophy 610Qa, Latin 311, Greek 506, *Biology 301C, Social Science 301/Plan I area B
Semester 2: *Philosophy 610Qb, Latin 312, Greek 507, Math/Science or Physics 309K, Social Science 301/Plan I area B
Semester 1: *TC 659a: Special Studies, Latin 323, Greek 311, *Physics 341, Government 310L
Semester 2:*TC 659b: Special Studies, Classical Civilization, Greek 312, American History, Government 312L
Semester 1: Classics Honors Thesis, Latin 365, Greek 323, American History, Elective
Semester 2: Classics Honors Thesis, Greek 365, Classical Civilization, Upper Division Latin/Greek/CC
Further information about the Plan II program can be obtained from Plan II Honors Program, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (512-471-1442).
The Department of Classics at UT offers an array of courses in New Testament Greek as well as early Christian Greek authors. There are also courses in early Christian Latin authors. At least one New Testament Greek course is offered annually (topics under GK 328) for students who have completed intermediate Greek or the equivalent.
Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory
The Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory was begun in 1986 with major and continuing support from the College of Liberal Arts and some institutional funding from the MacArthur Fellows program. The resources of PASP made it possible to run a special undergraduate course, team-taught by Professors Kimball (English) and Palaima (Classics) on Hittite and Mycenaean Society. Undergraduates h ave written senior honors theses making use of PASP's resources and have even participated in the international conferences that PASP has organized. We encourage students who have an interest in prehistoric archaeology, in the way writing systems work, and in the history of the Greek language to make themselves familiar with what PASP has to offer. For further information contact Professor Tom Palaima at the Department of Classics.
The Institute of Classical Archaeology
The Institute of Classical Archaeology conducts archaeological field research at the Greek colonial sites of Metaponto and Croton in Southern Italy, and Chersonesos in the Crimea (Black Sea). The focus is on early Greek exploration and settlement and on the subsequent Roman occupation of these areas (800 B.C. to 400 A.D.) but the prehistoric and medieval periods are also encompassed. During the summer of 1994 the UT team conducted the first U.S.-Russian/Ukrainian excavation of a major Greek colony on the Black Sea, and continued its pioneering work at Metaponto engaged in field survey and pollen analysis. The research is interdisciplinary with opportunities for students in the areas of Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, Geology and Art History, as well as Classics and Ancient History, to gain valuable "hands-on" experience. The team is led by professional archaeologist Prof. J.C. Carter and includes internationally recognized experts in the areas of Physical Anthropology, Paleobotany, and Archaeology.
Field courses are frequently offered during the summer session, CC 362 for undergraduates and CC 382 for graduates. Enrollment in courses at the undergraduate level is limited and on volunteer basis. Students need to pay for their own travel to the sites; room and board is provided. Previous courses in Archaeological Field Techniques, Old World Archaeology, and Ancient History improve the chances for participation, but there are no strict prerequisites.
Applications for the institute should be made in writing to:
Professor Joseph Coleman Carter
I C A, Department of Classics
1 University Station C3400
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin Texas 78712