Students considering a major in the department should consult with the adviser as soon as possible in their UCLA career, but in no case later than the point at which they are about to take upper-division courses.
The majors offered in the Classics Department are designated capstone majors. Undergraduate students take a capstone seminar in which they use the skills and expertise acquired in earlier coursework to research, analyze, and complete a written paper or project. They identify and analyze ancient classical documents, material evidence, or other forms of primary sources and demonstrate their critical skills by engaging in presentations and weekly discourse with their peers.
Note: Students in the Greek, Latin, and Greek and Latin majors are permitted to take Greek 200A, 200B, 200C and Latin 200A, 200B, 200C with consent of the instructor.
The honors program is open to all departmental majors with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in departmental courses and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better. Students with lower GPAs may petition for admission to the program, but these grade-point averages must be achieved before graduation in order to qualify for honors.
All honors students are required to take Classics 191 (or an equivalent undergraduate seminar) in their junior year before beginning work on the honors thesis. Students must then enroll in Classics 198A and 198B in consecutive terms, in which they write the thesis under the direct supervision of a faculty member. They may take courses 198A and 198B concurrently or be exempt from course 198A only with approval of the faculty undergraduate adviser. In course 198A students submit an annotated bibliography and preliminary outline of their thesis. In course 198B, they submit at least one initial draft and the final revised version of the thesis. Only course 198B may be applied toward the upper-division classical civilization requirement for departmental majors.
To qualify for graduation with departmental honors, students must (1) have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better in departmental courses and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and (2) complete Classics 198A and 198B with grades of A- or better.
To qualify for graduation with departmental highest honors, students must (1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or better in departmental courses and an overall GPA of 3.65 or better and (2) complete Classics 198A and 198B with grades of A.