Classics Major: Classical Languages & Literatures Option (B.A.)

Classics Major: Classical Languages & Literatures Option (B.A.)

Classics Student

What is the study of classical languages and literatures?

In choosing the classical languages and literatures degree option, you’ll study ancient Greek and Roman history, philosophy and language, exploring the cultural foundations of Western civilization. This option includes language requirements in Greek and Latin, preparing you for graduate studies in the classics or teaching Latin at the secondary school level. Classical studies provide an excellent liberal arts foundation and you also will be well prepared for work or further studies in fields such as business, communications, law and medical school.

Why study classical languages and literature at UNH?

At UNH, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and will be encouraged to study course offerings outside the classics department in areas such as archaeology, ancient philosophy, linguistics and English literature. We are part of the consortium of universities that supports the Intercollegiate Center for the Classical Studies in Rome, and our department also manages a popular January-term course in the ancient city, as well as programs in Greece and Budapest.

Potential careers

  • Business owner 
  • Diplomat 
  • Government consultant 
  • Journalist 
  • Lawyer 
  • Linguist 
  • Museum curator 
  • Professor 
  • Researcher 
  • Translator 
  • Writer


Curriculum & Requirements

The Classical Languages and Literatures (CLL) option allows for the most in-depth study of the ancient languages and requires knowledge of both Ancient Greek and Latin. It thus provides the strongest preparation for students considering graduate study in classics or related areas, and can also be an appropriate choice (with careful planning) for those thinking about teaching Latin in secondary schools. At the same time, it is designed for any student who desires a solid liberal arts education.

To complete the CLL option of the classics major, a student must complete 10 courses (40 credits), distributed as follows:

Language Courses 1
Select at least 12 credits at the 503 level or above 212-24
Select at least one class at the 700 level in the primary language (GREK or LATN)
Select at least one class at the 504 level or above in the secondary language (LATN or GREK)
Non-Language Courses
Select at least 16 credits in CLAS courses. As many as 28 credits may be counted toward this option. 316-28
Select an approved capstone experience of the following:
Senior thesis
Honors thesis
CLAS capstone course at the 600 or 700 level
At least 8 credits in 700-level LATN or GREK courses
Approved internship
Approved semester study abroad focused on the classical world
Total Credits40

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Classics majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Explore Program Details

A detailed overview of the corpus of Antoninus Liberalis’ Collection of Metamorphoses, defining the text, considering the authorship and date, and analyzing the narrative strategies and networks within the corpus.

Charles Delattre, U. Paris Ouest Nanterre
Publication Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
Research Topic: 
Roman myth and mythography 

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