University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Introduction to the Major (AIM)


Gateway/Entry-Point Courses into Greek Major/Minor

In order to major in Greek, one should begin taking Greek in the first semester and continue courses in the Greek language every semester thereafter. With no prior knowledge of Greek, take GRK 001 in the first semester.  Since one course each in Classics and Latin, each at the 100-level or above, is applicable to the Greek major, one should begin at least by the second semester to explore the courses in literature in translation and in ancient history listed under Classics.

As an example, students might take the following courses to explore the major:

GRK 001/002 Elementary Ancient Greek

GRK 001 is offered in the fall; GRK 002 is offered in the spring.

GRK 003 Self-paced Elementary Ancient Greek
GRK 051 Intermediate Greek

Review of syntax.  Readings from prose authors including Plato and Herodotus.  Offered in the fall.

GRK 052 Intermediate Greek

Reading in the poets, typically Euripides and Homer.  Offered in the spring.

CLAS 021 Classical Greek Civilization

A study of the "Golden Age of Pericles," the course covers tthe whole of Athenian society from art to war, culminating in the trial of Socrates.

CLAS 024 Myths and Legends of the Trojan War

Homeric epics, Virgil's Aeneid, selections from tragedy dealing with the Trojan War and Greco-Roman cultural identity. Examples from art and archaeology supplement the literary theme. Spring.

CLAS 042 Mythology in Literature, Art, and Music

Greek myth in literature, art, and music from antiquity to modern times. No prerequisites. Fall.

Note that Classics courses below the 100 level will not fulfill any requirement of the Latin major.

Contact Information

M. D. Usher, Chair
Department of Classics
Phone: Phone: (802) 656-3210
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