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.
Note: This represents a general overview of the major and minor. For more information, please consult the current college catalog, or contact the department.
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 the following:
- Classics 301: Greek Civilization or Classics 302: Roman Civilization
- 12 credit hours of Greek or Latin language courses
- 6 credit hours of either language or culture courses