Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some things lots of students have asked us about Classics. If you want to know the answer to a question not asked here, please feel free to e-mail Chico Zimmerman, chair, and he will tell you anything you'd like to know about the program.

Can I fulfill Carleton's Language Requirement with Latin or Greek?

Yes, you can! The language requirement is fulfilled by completing either Greek or Latin 204 with a grade of C- or better. You can also exempt from the language requirement by taking and passing our placement exam, given every year during New Student Week and by arrangement with the Department Chair.

Can I get Carleton credit for the Latin AP exam?

If you have a score of 5 on the Latin Literature AP, you can get 6 credits if you pass the Latin Placement Exam given during New Student Week, or if you place into and complete Latin 204 with a grade of C- or better.

Can I combine a minor in Classics with a major in another field?

Carleton does not offer minors. The language departments offer a close equivalent, however, in the Certificate of Advanced Study.

What's the Certificate of Advanced Study?

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Foreign Language and Literature or Foreign Language and Area Studies is a credential that will appear on your transcript and diploma, signifying significant work in a language. It is the virtual equivalent of a minor in the field. In order to receive the Certificate of Advanced Study in Classical Languages students must fulfill the general requirements (refer to Academic Regulations) in the following course distribution: six courses (36 credits), of which at least three will be in the target language at the 200 level or above. Courses remaining may be from the Classics department or from a list of approved courses offered by other departments (philosophy, art, history, political science, etc.) Although courses for the certificate may be taken on a S/CR/NC basis "D" or "CR" level work will not be sufficient to satisfy course requirements.

Can I get certified to teach Latin at the high school level?

No, Carleton does not offer a secondary teaching certificate in Latin.

What can I do with a Classics Major?

We have a whole page devoted to that one! Try the Why Classics link.