Classics - BA, Language and Literature Track

The B.A. in Classics is designed to give students a thorough grounding in the culture, history, literature, and intellectual accomplishments of Ancient Greece and Rome from the Bronze Age to the dawn of the Middle Ages. Studying the history and literature of these civilizations will not only help students to develop skills in close reading, writing, and critical thinking, but will also help them to see how fundamental concepts of Western Civilization such as rationalism and democracy first arose in Classical Antiquity. The Classics degree is divided into two tracks: the Literature and Language track has a traditional focus on Latin and Greek philology (students choose either Latin or Greek to specialize in, but are encouraged to take both) and is intended to enable students to read and enjoy the great texts of Classical Antiquity (Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Tacitus, the New Testament, etc.) in the original languages. The Classical Civilization track has no language requirement and focuses instead on the history, beliefs, and material culture of ancient Greek and Roman civilization. A major in Classics signals a commitment to serious intellectual enquiry and is an excellent basis for careers in law, business, consulting, public service, and teaching. Those intending to pursue careers in medicine or finance will also find that a major in Classics can be easily combined with undergraduate courses required for those fields.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Foreign language 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Mathematics 2 3
Geneneral elective 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
Foreign language 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Government/Political science 3
Classics directed elective 4 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Communication 3
Creative arts 3
Foreign language 1 3
Mathematics 2 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
American history 3
Foreign language 1 3
Classics directed elective 5 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Foreign language 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
CLAS 410 Seminar in Classical Studies 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CLAS 491 Research 1
Classics directed elective 4 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 3 3
General elective 3 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.

Minor Field of Study. All Classics majors are strongly encouraged to select 15-18 hours in a minor field of study. Students must earn a "C" or better in all minor coursework.

Courses cross-listed with other programs cannot be used under different prefixes to fulfill more than one requirement.