The Classics Department

Majors & Minors

This is a general overview of the majors and minors. For more information, please consult the current college catalog or contact the department.

The study of the languages and civilization of Greece and Rome gives the student a unique insight into the Western heritage. Basic knowledge of classical antiquity is virtually indispensable for any in-depth study in politics, religion, philosophy or literature. The analytical training of classics, moreover, gives the student excellent and widely recognized preparation for a broad variety of professions.

Proficiency in Latin or Greek, as demonstrated by successful completion of Classics 101, 102, and 201 (Latin) or Classics 103, 104, and 202 (Greek) will satisfy the foreign language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may satisfy the language requirement in part by demonstrating the necessary level of proficiency on the placement exam given by the Classics Department at the beginning of the fall semester.

The Classics Department offers three majors and minors:

Classics Major & Minor

The classics major, which includes elements of both the Greek and Roman traditions, consists of the following:

  • Classics 301: Greek Civilization
  • Classics 302: Roman Civilization
  • Classics 401: Greek Literature in Translation
  • Classics 402: Roman Literature in Translation

Students must also take 14 credit hours in language courses beyond the level of CLS 201-202. Students concentrating in one classical language may substitute up to 12 credit hours of coursework in the other, with elementary courses in the second language also counting toward the major.

The Classics minor consists of Classics 301 or 302, 12 credit hours of Greek or Latin language courses, and six credit hours of either language or culture courses.

Latin Major & Minor

The Latin major, which concentrates on the Latin language and the Roman tradition, consists of the following:

  • Classics 302: Roman Civilization
  • Classics 310: Greek Mythology
  • Classics 402: Roman Literature in Translation

Students must also take 15 credit hours of Latin language courses beyond the 201 level.

The Latin minor consists of CLS 302 and 15 credit hours of Latin language courses.

Greek Major & Minor

The Greek major, which concentrates on classical and Koine Greek and the Greek tradition, consists of the following:

  • Classics 301: Greek Civilization
  • Classics 310: Greek Mythology
  • Classics 401: Greek Literature in Translation

Students must also take 15 credit hours of Greek language courses beyond the 202 level.

The Greek minor consists of CLS 301 and 15 credit hours of Greek language courses.