Students who wish to be considered for the degree with honors will normally write a thesis (one semester and WSP) or sometimes pursue appropriate independent study. An honors project gives students an opportunity to work in depth on a topic of their own devising and to develop the techniques and critical methods with which they have become acquainted during their regular course work.
To be eligible for pursuing honors, students will normally have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the Classics major and must have demonstrated original or superior ability in their Classics courses. Further, upon graduation they must have completed a minimum of ten semester courses in Classics, not including the thesis or independent study. Students who think they may be interested in pursuing honors should begin consulting with the department’s chair or other faculty no later than Winter Study of their junior year. A formal thesis proposal must be submitted to the chair no later than April 15.
Recent theses have included:
- Atasthalie in the Odyssey, by Matthew Wellenbach, 2009. Meredith Hoppin, advisor.
- The Neglected Door: New Appreciations of the Paraclausithyron, by Celia Campbell, 2008. Amanda Wilcox, advisor.
- Formulae, Speech and Narration in the Iliad, by Elizabeth Todd, 2008. Edan Dekel, advisor.
- Re-creating the heavenly muse: Gregory of Nazianzus’ Poemata arcana, by Paul M. Rogers, 2007. Edan Dekel, advisor.
- Harrison, Hughes, Heaney: three variations on Aeschylus’ Oresteia, by Caitlin M. Hanley, 2007. David Porter, advisor.
- Roman verse satire and its audience, by Elliot Heilman, 2007. Amanda Wilcox, advisor.