Program Information

The roots of Western civilization can be traced to the various classical cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Our forms of government, education, religion, and artistic and literary expression all have their beginnings in ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East. Classical Studies thus serves two purposes: it introduces us to the languages, literatures and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and it provides insights into our contemporary world by exploring the roots of Western civilization.

Requirements for the Classical Studies Major (12 Credits)

Seven credits in two of three classical languages (7)

4 credits in one language, 3 in the other from the following:

Four additional credits in courses related to the ancient Mediterranean selected in consultation with the student's advisor (4)

At least 1 of which must be a course in material culture (marked with an *)

  • ARCH 237W (4th Sem Lang Req) Introduction to Archaeology (1)*
  • ARTH 115 (IT) Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art History (1)*
  • ARTH 270 (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Roman Art and Architecture (1)*
  • ARTH 271 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greek Art and Architecture (1)*
  • CLAS 171 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Love and War, Gods and Heroes: Greek and Roman Epic Poetry (1)
  • CLAS 244W (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) The Greek and Roman Stage (1)
  • CLAS 247 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Women in Roman Literature and Life (1)
  • CLAS 250W (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians (1)
  • CLAS 260 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society (1)
  • CLAS 358 Advanced Topics in Classical Studies (1)
  • ERTH 351W Archaeological Geology (1)*
  • GREEK 350W (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians: Readings in Greek (1)
  • HIST 231 (TH) Greek History From Homer to Alexander (1)
  • HIST 251 (TH) Rome: From Republic to Empire (1)
  • HIST 345 Studies in Greek and Roman History (1)
  • HIST 443 Advanced Topics in European History (when on an appropriate topic) (1)
  • IDS 351W Culture of Ancient Greece (1)*
  • LATIN 350W (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians: Readings in Caesar and Tacitus (1)
  • LATIN 353 (IT) Latin Sources on Roman Women (1)
  • PHIL 230 History of Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval (1)
  • REL 113 (TH) Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (1)
  • REL 227 (TH, 4th Semester Lang Req) Paganism: The Religions of Greece and Rome (1)
  • REL 340 Hebrew Torah/Pentateuch (1)
  • RHET 231 Classical Rhetoric (1)

Senior Seminar (1)

  • CLAS 496W Senior Seminar in Classical Studies (1)

Student majors will choose a topic in consultation with the Classics faculty and will read an ancient text appropriate to that topic in the original language(s) and write a substantial research paper.

Requirements for the Classical Studies Minor (5 Credits)

A minimum of two, maximum of four, credits in one of the three classical languages: Greek, Hebrew, or Latin (2 to 4)

A minimum of one, maximum of three, credits from the following, to result in 5 total credits for the minor (1 to 3)

  • ARCH 237W (4th Sem Lang Req) Introduction to Archaeology (1)
  • ARTH 115 (IT) Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art History (1)
  • ARTH 270 (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Roman Art and Architecture (1)
  • ARTH 271 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greek Art and Architecture (1)
  • CLAS 171 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Love and War, Gods and Heroes: Greek and Roman Epic Poetry (1)
  • CLAS 244W (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) The Greek and Roman Stage (1)
  • CLAS 247 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Women in Roman Literature and Life (1)
  • CLAS 250W (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians (1)
  • CLAS 260 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society (1)
  • CLAS 358 Advanced Topics in Classical Studies (1)
  • ERTH 351W Archaeological Geology (1)*
  • GREEK 350W (TH, 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians: Readings in Greek (1)
  • HIST 231 (TH) Greek History From Homer to Alexander (1)
  • HIST 251 (TH) Rome: From Republic to Empire (1)
  • HIST 443 Advanced Topics in European History (When on an appropriate topic) (1)
  • IDS 351W Culture of Ancient Greece (1)
  • LATIN 350W (TH; 4th Sem Lang Req) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians: Readings in Caesar and Tacitus (1)
  • LATIN 353 (IT) Latin Sources on Roman Women (1)
  • PHIL 230 History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval (1)
  • REL 113 (TH) Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (1)
  • REL 227 (TH, 4th Sem Lang Req) Paganism: The Religions of Greece and Rome (1)
  • REL 340 Hebrew Torah/Pentateuch (1)
  • RHET 231 Classical Rhetoric (1)