Overview of Major and Minor Options

Classics Major

All students majoring in Classics are required to choose one of the following Emphases*:

Classical Civilization

A major in Classical Civilization provides students with a flexible array of courses, centered around a core of language and literature from the Classical world. Students gain an intermediate proficiency with a relevant foreign language (satisfying their university language requirement), and are introduced to a broad spectrum of ancient literature. All remaining credits may be chosen from a large variety of courses, depending on students' goals and interests.

Classical Languages

A major in Classical Languages provides students with a solid grounding in Ancient Greek and Latin, so that they can explore the Classical World in its original languages. Students gain at least an intermediate proficiency in both ancient languages (satisfying their university language requirement), and advanced proficiency in at least one of the languges, and are introduced to a broad spectrum of ancient literature. Remaining credits may be chosen from a large variety of courses, depending on students' goals and interests. This track is ideal for students who wish to pursue graduate study in Classics or related fields or are passionate about languages or linguistics. 

All our majors require some study of either Greek or Latin.  Learn why, and how those courses work here!

Many Classics majors have double majors or dual degrees and benefit from generous double-dipping policies.  Learn more about those policies here!

Students interested in majoring or minoring in Religious Studies can find more information here. Double majors in Classics and Religious Studies can double-count up to 15 units (15 credit hours) in shared coursework.

*NOTE: Beginning in Summer 2019, the emphases in Greek and Latin are being phased out, and the new emphasis in Classical Languages is available. Students who entered the univeristy before Summer 2019 may choose from the legacy emphases below as well as the emphases in Classical Civilization or Classical Languages, while students who entered the university during Summer 2019 or after may only choose from the emphases above in Classical Civilization or Classical Languages.

The following emphases are legacy emphases, available only to students who entered the university before Summer 2019:

Greek

Greek is a foreign language major, with focus on developing the skill to read Ancient Greek fluently. Greek majors gain facility in reading a number of Ancient Greek authors in their original language, and build a broad base of familiarity with ancient literature and culture.

Latin

Latin is a foreign language major, with focus on developing the skill to read Latin fluently.   Latin majors gain facility in reading a number of Latin authors in their original language, and build a broad base of familiarity with ancient literature and culture.

Minor

Students wishing to minor in the Department of Classics must choose to emphasize one of the following Options:

Classical Civilization

The minor in Classical Civilization is primarily an area studies minor complemented by optional language study in ancient or modern Greek or Latin. Students develop critical thinking skills and work toward a broad understanding of the Greek and Roman world in their ancient Mediterranean contexts. 

Ancient Greek

Ancient Greek is a foreign language minor focusing on helping students achieve intermediate reading proficiency.  Students have the pleasure of learning about Ancient Greek cutlure and literature by reading selections of works composed in Ancient Greek.

Latin

Latin is a foreign language minor focusing on reading courses at the 4xx level. Students have the pleasure of learning about Roman culture and literature by reading selections of works composed in Latin.

New Testament Language and Literature

The minor in New Testament Language and Literature provides students with a multidisciplinary study of New Testament texts in their historical contexts. Students learn to read the New Testament in the original language of ancient Greek, while satisfying University language requirements.

For the specific requirements for each of these degrees, please see the Degree Requirements page.

Contact an advisor to learn more about Classics or declare a major or minor today!