Option A: Senior thesis
Honors in Classics may be earned by eligible students who wish to write a senior thesis with the help of an advisor. To qualify, students must have an overall, cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better, and a grade-point average of 3.6 or better in the major, at the end of their junior year.
At that time, students should complete the Honors Thesis Application Form before the deadline of May 2nd of their junior year.
Click here to download the pdf Classics Honors Thesis Application (178 KB) .
Important: If the application is approved, students must register for the Honors Project in the fall and spring of their senior year (8 credits total):
It is the student's responsibility to register for the Honors Project. If you do not register, you will not receive credit. Please contact your advisor for a special permission number.
An oral defense of the thesis before two faculty members and a public presentation of thesis research are required. Both take place in April of the student's graduation year.
Option B: Honors without a thesis
Honors in Classics may also be earned by Classics majors who meet the following four criteria:
1. Maintain a 3.5 in the major
2a. Have earned 12 credits at the 300 level or above in Greek OR Latin courses
3. Submit two papers representative of their work in Classics (they may be revised versions of class papers) which a panel of two faculty members deem worthy of honors using the rubric that we have developed for senior assessment purposes.
4. Sit for a sight translation exam in the spring of senior year and pass with honors
To be eligible for honors without a thesis, the grades in the Greek and Latin courses must be at an average of 3.5 or above; for high honors, 3.7 or above; for highest honors, 3.9 or above. Highest honors will be reserved for those students who, in addition to meeting the GPA requirement, have performed at the highest level on the sight exam and paper requirement. Students should inform the undergraduate director by the fall of senior year if they would like to be considered for honors in the major.
Eta Sigma Phi
Zeta Epsilon is the Rutgers branch (chapter) of the national Classics honors society, Eta Sigma Phi. Each spring, we hold a ceremony to induct students into the society. To qualify for induction, a student must earn a grade of B or better in a Greek or Latin language course.
The one-time membership fee is $40, payable to the Rutgers Classics department. To participate, please confirm eligibility with the undergraduate director and send a check or money order for $40 to the Classics department by March 31st. For more information, please visit the national honor society website: