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The Major in Classical Humanities

Classics is the study of literature, art, history, archaeology, philosophy, and languages of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Achievements of Greco-Roman civilization are important to study for their inherent power and beauty and for the extraordinary influence they have on cultures that followed. Study of the Greco-Roman world deepens your understanding of the origins of Western culture, and at the same time offers alternative to social, political, and cultural values of our world. This major gives you a broad spectrum of classical culture and civilization without primary emphasis on study in classical languages.

Graduate work in Classics, Greek, and Latin requires not only appropriate experience reading Latin and Greek, but a reading knowledge of French or German as well. Students planning to go to graduate school should consult with the department as early as possible to design an appropriate course of study.

Program Requirements (30 semester hours)

Two of these:
CLS 101 - Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context (3)
CLS 102 - Introduction to Roman Civilization (3)
CLS 121 - Classical Mythology (3)

One of these:
ART 381 - Greek and Roman Architecture (3)
ART 382 - Greek and Roman Sculpture (3)
ART 383 - Greek and Roman Painting (3)

One of these:

CLS 401 - Age of Augustus (3)
CLS 402 - Age of Pericles (3)

Choose remaining hours from these:
Any course in Classical Humanities
Any course in Greek or Latin beyond the first year

Related Hours (6 required)
Choose from such areas as anthropology, architecture, art, history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion to make up an integrated plan of study in classical humanities. Eight hours of Greek or Latin at the 100 level may be counted toward this requirement. You must obtain the written approval of your advisor for any related hours courses. Knowledge of at least one other foreign language is recommended.

Class offerings vary each semester and requirements can be filled through substituting classes.

What Can I Do with a Major in... ?

The office of Career Planning and Placement has some neat links to career options in majors for the Classics Department. Click one of the options below to learn more about what you can do once you have that diploma!

(updated: 31 March 2016)