Classical Studies Major

*Please note that effective fall 2011 the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will no longer accept students into the Classical Studies degree program for spring 2012 and onward.*

Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies

In addition to fulfilling the college's requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students majoring in classical studies must complete 33 semester hours as follows:

  1. Twelve semester hours in either Latin or ancient Greek language, at the 2000-level and above, or equivalent placement by examination.
  2. Six semester hours from survey courses taught in English: CLAS 4381 (also ENGL 4381) and another course approved by the director.
  3. Six semester hours, HIST 3339 and HIST 3340.
  4. Nine semester hours from classical studies electives.

These courses may also be applied to meet general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree (for example, the foreign language requirement).

Because there is no uniform program of study for a degree in classical studies, majors should consult a classical studies advisor before enrolling in classes each semester. In general, however, students should begin the formal study of the ancient language (i.e., Greek or Latin) they choose for their major while they are still freshmen or as soon as possible after becoming a major. Many students will want to learn both Latin and Greek, but normally they should not begin both languages simultaneously at the elementary level. Taking the intermediate courses of one and the elementary courses of the other, however, usually presents no difficulty.

Selection of electives should follow the general criteria for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree. In selecting the classical studies electives, students will be guided by the faculty so that the courses they choose provide a general background in classical antiquities as well as a core of basic knowledge related to the individual student's particular interest (ancient Greece, the Roman world, New Testament studies, medieval studies, comparative literature, ancient philosophy, etc.). Electives not listed may be taken and are subject to the approval of the program advisor.

Classical Studies Electives

Nine semester hours from the following courses (if not used to meet other requirements). Students may choose other courses, not listed here, with approval of the program director.

Art History (ARTH)
3310: Ancient Egyptian Art
3311: Greek and Roman Art

Classics (CLAS)
3307: Greek and Roman Myths of Heroes
3308: Myths and the Cult of the Ancient Gods
3341: Roman Historians
3345: Myth and Performance in Greek Tragedy
3366: Greek Art and Archaeology
3370: Comparative Epic
3371: Ancient Comedy and Its Influence
3374: Women in the Ancient World
3375: Roman, Jew, and Christian
3380: Epic Masculinity
3381: From Homer to Hollywood
4375: Gender and Race in Ancient Greek Myths

English (ENGL)
3300: Ancient and Classical Literature
3302: Medieval Literature
3323: History of Literary Criticism
4366: Introduction to Folklore
4370: Myth, Ballad, Folktale

Greek (GREK) or Latin (LATN)
GREK 3000 and above; LATN 3000 and above, if beyond the 18 semester hours required by the CLA STD degree in one of the two ancient languages.

History (HIST)
3335: Barbarians and the Birth of Europe to 1050 A.D.
3336: Europe in the Age of Chivalry: The High Middle Ages 1050-1350
4328: The Vikings
4330: The Flowering of the Middle Ages
4350: Alexander the Great

Philosophy (PHIL)
3383: History of Ancient Philosophy
6396: Ancient Greek Science

Political Science (POLS)
3340: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
4346: Greek Political Thought

NOTES:  Majors in Classical Studies may choose either Latin or Greek to fulfill their language requirement. We recommend that students who are planning to do graduate studies, especially in Classics or in History, take at least three years of one of the classical languages and two years of the other. It is advisable to begin one language in the first year of the major, and wait to begin the study of the other language the following year.

The elementary year of foreign languages, including Latin or Greek, does not count toward the total number of hours in the degree. Thus GREK/LATN 13011302 count as general elective hours. Students may place out of the elementary year by examination. At the intermediate level and above, students may earn credit by taking the Placement Exam. These exams are administered by Classical Studies, not by Testing and Counseling.

Credit in Modern Greek courses (GREK 1305, 1306, 2305, 2306) will not count as credits in one of the ancient languages, but may count as an elective

Catalog Publish Date: August 22, 2012
This Page Last Updated: February 13, 2012