The highest honor comes to students of the Classics at graduation when those scholars who have completed requirements in both Latin and Greek are awarded Classical Diplomas. This tradition began at Exeter in 1885 and today the Academy is one of the few schools to award such a diploma. By exploring the language and literature of two ancient languages, students have the opportunity to gain an even deeper understanding of two cultures whose philosophy, art, and history have had such an impact on so many aspects of subsequent cultures.
The Classical Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete Greek 431 and Latin 611 or Latin 530. Students must take the last course in the sequence of courses in each language at the Academy in its program offered in Exeter, NH. The standard expectation is that the students take 13 terms of Greek and Latin as counted by Academy courses, but a student who enters the school in grade 10 or later may, if placement precludes reaching Latin 611 or Latin 530, earn a Classical Diploma by successfully completing Greek 431 and Latin 531.
A student who enters the school in grade 10 or later may, if placement precludes reaching Latin 511 or Latin 430, earn a Classical Diploma by successfully completing Greek 131 and Latin 431.
Seniors who wish to earn the Classical Diploma but also to participate in the Washington Intern Program or another off-campus, spring term program may do so by successfully completing Latin 621 and Greek 421; students who wish to participate in off-campus programs in the fall or winter of their Senior year should plan to take Greek as Uppers.
Note: Admission to the intensive sequence (Latin 401, Latin 511-531) requires the permission of the department.
Comparable combinations of Latin and Greek courses will be considered by the department.
Please contact the chair of the department, Mr. Nick Unger, if you have any questions.
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