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Classical Studies

Classical studies encompasses the languages and cultures of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. An interdisciplinary field by nature, classics involves literature, art and archaeology, history, philosophy, mythology, and religious studies. Latin and Greek language skills serve as the foundation for any of these pursuits, and can also help build vocabulary and language skills in English. Latin and Greek literature introduce you to classical authors whose excellence is beyond question and whose works and genres have influenced western literature down to our own day. By taking the long view of world events, classical studies encourages students to examine fundamental human questions about mortality, heroism, war and peace, and the nature of the good life.

You’ll be prepared for a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, and teaching. Majors in English, philosophy, history, and other humanities will find their education substantially enriched by coursework in classics.

What Will You Learn?

We focus on how to use words, how to look at art, and how to think about cultural contexts. You will interpret ancient myths that are foreign and yet very relevant to our own times. You will study religions, philosophies, and politics, all within the context of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Why Study Classics?

Because it’s so interesting! By choosing classics, you can study every aspect of culture, through a lens of 2,000+ years. You can connect classics with any other field that interests you. Plus, ancient Greek and Latin have managed to survive this long, someone needs to be able to keep them going! Why not you?

Degree Requirements

Major in Classics: 36 credit hours

Classical Languages track: Nine three-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level; CL 301 or 302; CL 410; and another CL course.

Classical Studies track: Six three-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level, plus CL 220, CL 250, CL 330, or another approved literature course; two of the following: CL 301, CL 302, HS 205, HS 305, AH 317, or another approved CL, HS, or AH course; two of the following: PL 210, PL 215, TRS 205, or another approved PL or TRS course; CL 410.

CL 410 fulfills the capstone requirement for either track in the major and should be completed during the student’s junior or senior year.

Minor in Classical Studies: 18 credit hours. Six courses in any combination of GK, LT, CL, PL 210, PL 215, TRS 205, AH 317, HS 205, HS 305, or other approved course focused on the ancient world.


Courses are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings: ClassicsGreekLatin. Use this link to access the Undergraduate Bulletin.


The Castellano Scholarship is a competitive full-tuition, four-year scholarship available to entering students who have studied Latin and intend to major in Classical Languages. Many recipients of the Castellano Scholarship also major in a second field of their choice. We also offer the Miller Scholarship in Classical Archaeology and the Povsic Scholarship for Undergraduate Research. Learn more.