College of Arts & Sciences

Modern and Classical Languages -Classics Program



Ten approved courses.  All majors must take at least one course in archaeology and attain at least intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language.  Additional requirements are distributed according to each student's concentration within the major.  Students with an interest in teaching in Latin or in graduate studies related to Classics (including Classical archaeology) should choose the Classics concentration.  The strong emphasis on ancient languages in the Classics concentration is essential for these goals.  The Ancient Cultures concentration is an interdisciplinary program that may be appropriate for students who have other career goals but share an interest in the study of antiquity.  The Ancient Cultures concentration also more easily accommodates advanced studies in mathematics and computer science, which are vital to archaeology.  In both concentrations, courses at the intermediate 200 level in any ancient language may count among the ten courses.  Courses at the introductory 100 level in an ancient language cannot be counted among the ten courses unless it is a student's second ancient language and a student satisfies the requirement for intermediate proficiency in another ancient language.    

Classics Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Ten courses in the archaeology, literature, and languages of Classical antiquity.  At least one must be an appropriate archaeology course.  Six courses must be in Latin above the intermediate level (i.e., LAT 300 level or above). The remaining three courses should be chosen from courses in ancient studies that deal with Classical cultures (CLA, LAT, GRK, HON, HIS, PHL, REL).

Ancient Cultures Concentration of the Ancient Studies Major

Ten courses in ancient studies, at least six of which must be at the 300 level or above.  At least one must be an archaeology course. The remaining courses may be chosen from any of the groups below. To ensure the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students must take courses from at least three groups.  No more than three of these ten courses may be chosen from any one group except in the case of the language group, where no such restriction applies.  In addition to achieving intermediate proficiency in at least one ancient language, students must take at least two additional courses in either an ancient language or an appropriate symbolic language.  These two courses may be any two advanced courses (above the intermediate level) in the first ancient language; any two courses at any level in a second ancient language; or any two courses in mathematics and/or computer science above MAT 162 (Calculus II) and CSC 120 (Computer Science I).  Students who use a symbolic language (mathematics or computer science) instead of an ancient language for this two-course requirement still must take at least ten courses in ancient studies.

Minor in Latin

Students may elect a minor in Latin by taking six courses at LAT 201 level or higher.

Minor in Classical Humanities

Students may elect a minor in Classical Humanities by taking six courses selected from all CLA 201 or higher, GRK 201, GRK 202, and LAT 201 level or higher.

Minor in Ancient Studies

Students may elect a minor in Ancient Studies by taking six courses in ancient studies from any of the groups below with no more than three from any one group unless it is a language group.  At least four must be at the 300 level or above.  


Art and Archaeology

    CLA 301     Art and Archaeology of Greece
    CLA 302     Art and Archaeology of Italy
    CLA 303     Pompeii and Herculaneum: Life in the Roman Empire
    CLA 304     Etruscan Art and Archaeology
    CLA 305     Cleopatra Through Ancient and Modern Eyes


HIS 316     The Grandeur That Was Rome: 709 BCE-476 CE
HON 320    The Golden Age of Rome


GRK 101-102    Beginning Ancient Greek
    GRK 201-202     Intermediate Ancient Greek
    LAT 101-102     Beginning Latin
    LAT 201-202     Intermediate Latin
    LAT 301            Oratory
    LAT 302            Republican Prose
    LAT 303            Historiography
    LAT 304            Drama
    LAT 305            Lyric Poetry
    LAT 306            Roman Elegy
    LAT 401            Silver Age Latin
    LAT 402            Golden Age Latin
    LAT 403            Epic Poetry
    LAT 404            Horace
    LAT 410            Research Materials and Methods

Literature in Translation

    CLA 201         Classical Mythology
    CLA 202         Classical Epic: Gods and Heroes in Homer and Virgil
    CLA 203         Classical Tragedy
    CLA 206         Sports in the Ancient World
    CLA 306         Ancient Medicine in Context
    CLA 307         Ancient Greece and Rome in Film
    HON 321        Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World
    CLA 493-494   Independent Research in Classics


    PHL 401     Ancient Philosophy
    PHL 402     Plato and Aristotle
    PHL 404     Love and Friendship in the Ancient World


    THE 221     Introduction to the New Testament
    THE 211     Hebrew Bible
    REL 251     Religions of Ancient India
    THE 323     The Psalms
    REL 212     Israelite Religion
    REL 321     Origins of Law & the Bible
    REL 322     Myth and History in the Bible
    REL 382     Women and Religion in the Ancient World
    REL 381     Apocalypticism in the Ancient World
    THE 322     Letters of Paul
    THE 321     Synoptic Gospels
    REL 335     Christian Origins