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Honors in Classics

Majors who plan to seek special honors in Ancient History and Classical Civilization, Classical Archaeology, Classics, Greek, or Latin should apply to the Undergraduate Faculty Adviser for admission to the honors program at least one full academic year before they expect to graduate. A University grade point average of at least 3.0 and a grade point average in the coursework required for the major of at least 3.5 are required for admission.

Download the Honors Thesis Application form (PDF, 82K)

The requirements for graduation with honors, which are in addition to the requirements of the major, are:

  1. two semesters of the Honors Tutorial Course, with a grade of A in each half (CC679HA and 679HB, LAT 679HA and 679HB, or AHC 679HA and 679HB);
  2. a University grade point average of at least 3.00 and a grade point average of at least 3.50 in the coursework required for the major;
  3. completion at the University of at least sixty semester hours of coursework counted toward the degree.

Requirements for the Honors Thesis

  • The student must discuss the Honors program option with the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor.
  • The student must fill out and have signed a Honors Thesis Authorization form for the 679HA and 679HB-W courses.
  • The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HA for directed reading and research under a faculty mentor.
  • The student must spend one semester enrolled in 679HB-W writing the Honors Thesis. Students should consult a semester academic calendar and consult with their faculty mentors to determine a schedule for completion of the Thesis. A second faculty reader must also review the Thesis.
  • The College of Liberal Arts expects a Thesis to require at least 20 pages of reviewed and revised text. Although there is no other required minimum, the Thesis should consist of more substantial output than the College minimum.
  • The bound copy of the Thesis should be turned in to the Classics Library.

Honors Society

The Department of Classics participates in the Eta Sigma Phi (National Classics) Honor Society. We are the Gamma Sigma Chapter.

Requirements to join Eta Sigma Phi:

  1. Completion of at least one semester of Latin and/or Greek, with grades of "B" or higher.
  2. A one time initiation fee of $35.

Stop by the Advising Office (WAG 313) for an application.

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the Society, in the words of the Constitution, are "to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome."

The University has several other Honors Societies that may be of interest of interest to you. You can find more information in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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