2020-2021 Q&A

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Department of Classics 2020 Orientation Introduction


Who can answer my CL/GRK/LAT questions?

I have questions about CL, GRK, LAT courses. Whom do I contact?

We are asking everyone who has questions about Classics, Greek, or Latin courses; advising; or other related matters to contact our Department of Classics Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Ms. Kim Oliphant (kmoliph@emory.edu). She will make sure that you are connected with the people in the department who have the best answers possible. This will probably be Dr. Dickson (Director of Undergraduate Studies), Dr. Blakely (Department Chair), or both, so don’t be surprised to see your email answered by them.

Picture of Kim Oliphant sitting behind her desk in the Department of Classics main office. Dr. Katrina Dickson leaning against an exterior brick wall. Dr. Sandra Blakely wearing sunglasses and sitting on a wall in Greece with the ocean behind her.

Ms. Kim Oliphant
Program Coordinator

Dr. Katrina Dickson

Dr. Sandra Blakely

Classics "Virtual Drop-in Hours" Advising/Information Sessions

I’d really like to talk to someone in person. Is that possible?

Yes. We have scheduled two sessions of what the Orientation site calls “Virtual Drop-in Hours” for advising and other questions on Zoom with Dr. Katrina Dickson (Director of Undergraduate Studies), Dr. Blakely (Chair), and Ms. Kim Oliphant (Department of Classics Academic Degree Program Coordinator).


Please read the following before clicking on a session below:

  • Sessions are open to all students and it is fine to come in at any point during the session.
  • If you cannot attend a session, please contact Ms. Oliphant (see "Who can answer my questions?" above).
  • Registration is required for security reasons.
  • You can help things run more smoothly by doing the following:
    • Pre-Register NOW!—Click on the registration link now and register ahead of time, not just before the meeting starts (though if you forget or find out at the last minute, that’s OK!).


    • Be patient—Zoom has changed some settings and there may be a few hiccups. You may be in the waiting room for a few minutes at the beginning of the office hour when approvals are happening.
    • Sign into Zoom FIRST—Sign in through the Emory Zoom site BEFORE trying to click on the meeting link (open it in a separate browser window or tab in your browser, go to the link above, click on login).
    • Have questions ready—Have a list of your questions ready to go so that you don’t forget anything.


Links for Classics Drop-in Information/Advising Hours during Orientation:

Is it possible to study Classics and pursue pre-Health courses of study?

Classics and Pre-Health

We have had many students major in Classical Civilizations, Classics, Greek, and Latin while pursuing pre-Health tracks such as Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Nursing, and Pre-Public Health.

Please download the brochure below if you would like to know more about Classics and Pre-Health.


Is Classics an appropriate course of study if I want to go to law school?

Classics and Pre-Law

Classics, Greek, and especially Latin have long been popular choices for students wanting to study law after their undergraduate careers. There are good reasons for why Classics and a Pre-Law track go together well, but they are not necessarily the ones that everyone assumes.

Download the PDF attached to the image below to find out more about Classics and Pre-Law.

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In-person vs. online courses in Classics.

What if a class I need/want to take is only listed as being offered in-person?

At this time, all Department of Classics courses have been switched to online courses based on the scheduling revisions necessitated by the reduced number of students returning to campus as announced on July 17, 2020.


What if a class I need/want to take is only listed as being offered online?

Classics, Greek, or Latin courses that are listed as being offered online will not also be offered in-person. If one of our courses is only listed as being offered online, that is the only way it will be offered this semester.





What if I get sick or the pandemic gets worse? Contacts.

What happens if I get sick or have to quarantine or the pandemic gets worse?

If you need to quarantine or become ill, plans are in place to ensure that you can continue your courses. Your instructors will have procedures in place to facilitate communication with them in the advent you or they need to quarantine or become ill. If you become ill and have difficulty contacting your Classics, Greek, or Latin instructor, please contact our Department of Classics Academic Degree Program Coordinator, Ms. Kim Oliphant (kmoliph@emory.edu). She will make sure that your professors know what is happening with you and facilitate further communication as needed.


What happens if Emory College of Arts and Sciences switches to online only courses? Is that a possibility?

The current pandemic could require Emory to move to online only learning for the safety of students, faculty, and staff. If this happens, we will try to update this space as quickly as possible with the most accurate information in our possession, but the following web pages should always have the most recent and up-to-date information:

Emory College Forward – Information for the entire University

Emory College of Arts and Sciences – Information specifically pertaining to Emory College

Emory COVID-19 Updates – Information about the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone.

When are: Orientation? Add/Drop/Swap? Other important dates?

Timeline for Fall 2020 Orientation, Add/Drop/Swap, other important dates:

August 16-18 Emory College Orientation
August 17 // 10 am - 12 pm Pre-Major Faculty Preliminary Discussions, Advising Panel, and Small Group Meeting with Faculty (Required)
August 17 // 12 pm Add/Drop/Swap Resumes for in OPUS for ALL Students.
August 17 // 1 pm - 2 pm Classics open drop-in Information/Advising Hours on Zoom—August 17
August 18 // 10 am - 11 am Classics open drop-in Information/Advising Hours on Zoom—August 18
August 26 // 11.59 pm Add/Drop/Swap Ends
October 9 Last day to change between LG and S/U options.
November 6 Last day for one-time partial withdrawal w/o penalty (1st year, Transfer, Oxford ONLY)
November 24 Last Day of Classes, Fall 2020
November 30 - December 2 Reading Period
December 3 - December 16 Final Exam Period

Permission Numbers and sitting in on courses during Add/Drop/Swap.

What do I do if I need a permission number for a course?

Permission numbers are required for closed courses (permission only courses and courses that are full). Some courses become permission only during the beginning of the semester portion of Add/Drop/Swap. Some instructors may also offer to overload students into closed classes that are not utilizing the waitlist feature. This is not a universal practice, so do not request an overload and expect it to be granted automatically. If you want to inquire about the possibility of an overload or enrollment in a closed class (note carefully the language used), please do so in the most courteous way possible and understand that you may still get turned down. If a CL, GRK, or LAT instructor says yes, you will need a permission number from Classics and you should have the instructor contact Ms. Oliphant (see below).

If you need a permission number for a course for any reason, please contact Ms. Kim Oliphant (kmoliph@emory.edu) for help after you have obtained permission from the instructor of the course to enroll in it. This is the procedure for all students requiring permission numbers (honors students, students in other schools such as Candler School of Theology or Laney Graduate School, etc.). Please do not contact individual instructors requesting permission to take their classes or permission numbers, contact Ms. Oliphant and explain your need to her, and she will help you with your request.


Is it possible to sit in on classes during Add/Drop/Swap virtually if I want to see what a class is like before making a change?

We hope to make this possible in the Department of Classics. More information about how to do this will be posted before classes start on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

The College does not currently have plans in place to make this possible for students in all classes.

Other questions and answers

If you have other questions (especially general ones) about Fall 2020 at Emory, we recommend that you try the Emory College complete list:

Fall 2020 FAQs