Classics Major - Bachelor of Arts
While it is true that classical Greek and Latin are no longer spoken languages, the literature and art of the Ancients speak to us still. To study the classics is to come into direct contact with the sources of Western civilization and culture, both pagan and Christian. An intimate knowledge of our Greco-Roman heritage furnishes students of the classics with historical, political, and aesthetic perspectives on the contemporary world. An undergraduate classics major provides excellent preparations for careers not only in academic, but also in nonacademic professions. A background in classics is, moreover, highly advantageous for applicants to graduate and professional schools in English, modern languages, history, philosophy, law, medicine, and theology. Finally, for the qualified student who is undecided about a major but interested in a sound liberal arts education, classics may be the best option.
The Classics major requires 40 units of coursework (most courses are 4 units).
24 of these units must come from GREK or LATN courses, the remainder from CLAS, GREK or LATN.
The only further requirement is that at least one course must be in a GREK or LATN class at the 700 level.
Students may also under certain circumstances count courses focusing on Greek or Roman culture which might be taught by other units of the University (History, Art History, etc.). Such exceptions must be approved in advance by the student's advisor in Classics.
The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing any classics, Latin, or Greek course at the 700 level or through another option (Honors thesis, etc) approved by the adviser.
Classics majors may satisfy Discovery Category requirements with CLAS, GREK, and LATN courses, but they may only count the credits from a maximum of two such courses for both major requirements and Discovery.
A Note About Courses
Classics (CLAS) courses are those which do not require or lead to a command of the Latin or Greek languages. This category does, however, contain courses in languages other than Latin and Greek, namely Hittite and Sanskrit. For the most part Classics courses focus on the history, culture, religion, art and society of the Greeks and the Romans and their legacy to the civilization of the West.
Greek (GREK) courses are those concerned with the Greek language, both ancient and modern.
Latin (LATN) courses are those concerned with the Latin language.
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