- Department of Classical Studies
Foundation and Distribution Requirements
Classical Studies courses can be used to satisfy Tufts liberal arts foundation requirements (both the foreign language requirement and the world civilizations requirement), liberal arts distribution requirements (in humanities, social science, arts, and mathematics), and engineering HASS requirements. Courses with CLS numbers are in English and generally do not require knowledge of Latin, Greek, or Sanskrit language.
Foreign Language Requirement
Completing LAT 1, 2, and 3 (through placement exam or passing courses) satisfies the 1st part of the language requirement. Taking two more LAT courses above the Intermediate level (LAT 21 & LAT 22, for example), will satisfy the 2nd part of the Tufts Language requirement.
Completing GRK 1, 2, and 3 (through placement exam or passing courses) satisfies the 1st part of the language requirement. Taking two more courses above GRK 3 will satisfy the 2nd part of the Tufts language requirement.
Completing SKT 1, 2, and 3 satisfies the 1st part of the language requirement. Taking two more courses above SKT 3 will satisfy the 2nd part.
The Classical Culture Area makes a particularly attractive Culture Area because within the department we offer a wide variety of subject matter and techniques of investigation. In a time span of 1,500 years and in a single geographical area, one can study languages, literature, philosophy, religion, science and medicine, drama, history, archaeology, and mythology. In addition, Classical Studies courses can also fulfill part of other Culture Areas including the Italian Culture Area, the South Asian Culture Area (region of origin), and the African Culture Area (region of origin).
World Civilizations Requirement
To determine whether a course counts for the world civilization requirement, look at its course attributes in SIS. Several regularly offered courses satisfy this requirement.
To determine which distribution area a course counts for, look at its course attributes in SIS. In general, Classical Studies courses in archaeology and in theater count for arts; courses in history and linguistics may count either for humanities or for social science; courses in literature, mythology, religion, and philosophy count for humanities, and courses in mathematics count for mathematical sciences.