Classical Archaeology Concentration

The concentration in Classical Archaeology offers special preparation to those students who wish to pursue museum or field work in archaeology. A concentration in Classical Archaeology joined with a related major such as anthropology, art history, historic preservation, history, or religion will enable a student to add depth of knowledge about the ancient world to his or her study of those disciplines.

Opportunities for study and excavation abroad are readily available to the Classics major. Mary Washington is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Students are welcome to consult with the Classics faculty about programs at these and other institutions. Qualified students are invited to join Eta Sigma Phi, the national honor society for Classics, and to try for departmental honors in their senior year.

Requirements for a Classics Major with a Concentration in Classical Archaeology

Thirty (30) to thirty-six (36) credits (depending on language option selected), including Classics 103 and 105; either 6 credits in upper-level Latin (or, in exceptional cases and with approval, upper-level Greek) courses, or 6 credits in intermediate Latin and 6 credits in intermediate Greek courses; Art History 310, 311; History 331, 332; at least 9 credits in approved archaeology courses, out of which at least 6 credits must be in Classics. Approved archaeology courses: Classics 351 (with permission), 352 (with permission), 380, 390, 491 (with permission), 492 (with permission); Anthropology 215; Art History 315; Historic Preservation 207, 462, 463, 465S.

To calculate your progress toward a concentration in Archaeology, do a “what if?” analysis on Eaglenet; to do so manually, download a Word document of our most recent checklist of Classics Archaeology Concentration Requirements.