Classics major

The B.A. in Classics is an interdisciplinary degree involving the study of ancient Greek and Latin, ancient Greek and Latin literature in translation, Greek and Roman history, plus courses in classical archaeology and art history.

A major in Classics for the B.A. degree consists of 30 semester hours of Department of Classics courses. Students complete an emphasis in Classical Civilization or an emphasis in ancient Greek or Latin.

Emphasis in Classical Civilization

The B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in classical civilization provides students with the basics in at least one of the ancient languages (ancient Greek and Latin) and introduces them to some of the important issues and questions regarding Greek and Roman art and archaeology, history, literature, myth, philosophy, and religion. Students have found successful careers in many different professions, including law, medicine, the ministry, teaching, museum curatorship, and exhibit design.

The B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Civilization must include at least 15 hours of classics courses numbered 300 or higher. Up to 15 of the required 30 hours for the major may be taken in Greek, Latin, or a combination of these languages.

Emphasis in Greek or Latin

Students with a strong interest in the ancient languages or contemplating graduate study in Classics should choose an emphasis in ancient Greek or Latin.  This emphasis will allow more concentration on the languages, and will help prepare them for advanced study.  Students interested in teaching Latin or Greek at the secondary level should choose this emphasis.

The B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Greek requires 30 credit hours of Department of Classics courses, with two options: 1) a minimum of 24 hours of Greek; or 2) 18 hours of Greek and 6 hours of Latin. If the second option is chosen, the remaining 6 hours of classics courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

The B.A. in Classics with an emphasis in Latin requires 30 credit hours of Department of Classics courses, with two options: 1) a minimum of 24 hours of Latin; or 2) 18 hours of Latin and 6 hours of Greek. If the second option is chosen, the remaining 6 hours of classics courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

A minimum grade of C is required for all courses counting toward the Classics major or minor.

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