Overview of Major and Minor Options

Major

All students majoring in Classics are required to emphasize one of the following three 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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

Greek (Ancient)

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

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!