Duke University | Classical Studies:

Classical Studies offers two majors:

Classical Languages (Greek and Latin). Requirements:

  • Knowledge of both Greek and Latin through the second year (through Lat/Gr 204 (ex76) or the equivalent, including Lat/Gr 203 (ex63) or the equivalent; majors wishing to skip Lat/Gr 203  and enter Lat/Gr 204  directly may petition DUS)
  • Eight courses total in Greek and Latin, at least six of which must be at the 300 (ex100) level or above (Latin 25/ ex 85 does not count toward the major)
  • One 200 (ex100) level course in CLST (not Latin or Greek)
  • CLST capstone course, CLST 480S (ex195S/196S)
  • Total: at least 10 courses.
  • Completion of the senior dossier by May 1 of your senior year ( see document)

Classical Civilization (Ancient History, Archaeology, Literature, and Culture). Requirements:

  • Required courses:
    • option 1: CLST 181S (ex11S) or 283 (ex 153/ 53), and CLST 182S (ex12S) or 284 (ex154/ 54), or
    • option 2: two Greek courses or two Latin courses below the 300-level (ex100; Latin 25/ex85 does not count toward the major).
    • Note: the two options may not be combined; e.g., CLST 181 and Lat 101 do not satisfy the requirement.
  • Seven CLST courses at or above the 200-level (ex 100), not counting CLST 283/4 (ex 153/154) even if you did not take CLST 283 and 284 as your introductory sequence for the major.
    • Courses at or above the 200-level must be in at least three of the following areas: history; art and archaeology; philosophy; literature in translation at or above the 200-level  or in the original language at or above the 300-level; in planning coursework for the major students should consult with the DUS as to a given course's fit in the distribution.
    • Note: CLST courses include crosslisted courses originating in other departments and study-abroad transfers
    • Note: CLST 283/4 (ex153/154) may not be counted toward the seven 200-and-above level courses
  • CLST capstone course, CLST 480S (ex195S/196S)
  • Total: at least 10 courses
  • Completion of the senior dossier by May 1 of your senior year ( see document)

For double majors in Classical Languages and Classical Civilization, no more than two courses may be counted toward both majors.

Please see the CLLA and CLCIV Majors Worksheets.

Duke University has renumbered all its courses and will be using the new course numbers beginning Fall 2012. Please note that “(ex_)” indicates the previous course number(s).



Classical Studies offers four minors

  • Greek: five courses in ancient Greek, at least three at or above the 300 (ex100)-level

  • Latin: five courses in Latin, at least three at or above the 300 (ex100)-level (Latin 25/ex85 does not count toward the minor) 

  • Classical Civilization: five CLST courses at least three at or above the 200 (ex100)-level.

    • Courses must be in at least two areas: literature (in translation at or above the 200 level and/or in the original language at or above the 300-level); history, art and archaeology, or philosophy.  In planning coursework for the minor students should consult with the DUS as to a given course's fit in the distribution.
    • Note: CLST courses include crosslisted courses originating in other departments and study-abroad transfers; Greek and Latin courses below the 300 (ex100)-level do not count toward the CLCIV minor
  • Classical Archaeology: five CLST courses in ancient art and archaeology, at least three at or above the 200 (ex100)-level, and at least three of these originating in the Department of Classical Studies.

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    • Note: CLST courses include crosslisted courses originating in other departments and study-abroad transfers.
    • Note: The thrust of a particular course (e.g. religion, women in antiquity) may be more or less archaeological depending on the instructor, so that students should plan their minor in consultation with the DUS.

No courses used to fulfill the requirements of one minor may be used for another, or for the majors in Classical Languages or Classical Studies.

Please see the Minors Worksheet.

Duke University has renumbered all its courses and will be using the new course numbers beginning Fall 2012. Please note that “(ex_)” indicates the previous course number(s).

Declaring a major or minor in Classical Studies contact:

The Academic Advising Center to fill out your long-range plan.

  • phone: 919-684-6217
  • hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
  • email:

For more information please feel free to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Micaela W. Janan

  • Professor of Classical Studies
  • 228 Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90103
  • Phone: (919) 684-2257, (919) 684-5076
  • Fax: (919) 681-4262
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Paestum 1
  • Rome
  • Hadrian's Villa 2
  • Hadrian's Villa 1
  • Morgantina 1
  • Jake 1
  • pottery
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • pottery
  • Paestum 2
  • Morgantina 2
  • Pompeii 2
  • Roman Forum 1
  • site
  • papyrus
  • Pantheon 2
  • Jake 2
  • Pompeii 1
  • Acropolis
  • Agrigento 2
  • Agrigento 3