Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)
Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science
What is Classical Languages?
The languages of the ancient world have much to teach us about our own lives. Modern customs, philosophy, art, literature, and language all hold roots in ancient Greece and Rome. By studying classical Greek and Latin, you will be able to read literature of lasting influence in its original form, and relate it to today's world. You will also be introduced to a variety of related areas such as archaeology, history, mythology, philosophy, and religion.
What are the features of Miami's program?
You can view important events from around the world on SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), the international news programming network which is part of Miami's academic cable television system. You also have access to international email networks and bulletin boards through Netscape.
Expand your career options
The foreign language majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education as well as your career possibilities.
Miami's language lab has an impressive variety of technical aids for your independent study. In the individual station area, each of the 40 booths has a monitor, VCR, and cassette player so you can work on your oral comprehension and pronunciation, watch a foreign language film, or view a news broadcast from a foreign television station via SCOLA. Lab managers can assist you by taping broadcasts, translating tapes from other formats into ones usable in the lab, and guiding your use of the language word processing programs.
Small class size
The Classical Languages major feature classes that are small and highly individualized. No more than 20 students are in introductory classes, and upper-level classes have fewer than 10 students. For all majors, knowledge of at least one other foreign language is recommended.
Are there special admission requirements?
There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
What courses would I take?
In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, Classical Languages majors are required to take classes such as Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context, Introduction to Roman Civilization, and Classical Mythology. You could also chose remaining hours from areas like art, history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion to make up an integrated study plan. Knowledge and course work in at least one other language is also recommended.
What can I do with this major?
Because courses in Greek and Latin emphasize the development of skills in close reading and effective writing, graduates of this program are well suited to any career requiring analytical thought and communication. Journalism, library science, publishing, and business are some fields which employ classics graduates. Those who have additional proficiency in a modern language are strong candidates for positions in international business and diplomacy.
Who can I contact for more information?
Department of Classics
105 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056