Classics (Minor)

Classics (Minor)
Classics Professor

What is classics?

In the classics minor, you’ll explore the fundamental questions of human life and the answers provided by thinkers, artists and writers from the ancient world. You’ll study topics including ancient Greek and Roman history, philosophy, language, mythology, politics and culture. The minor in classics provides an excellent liberal arts foundation, and when you combine it with a major in history, literature, political science or the humanities, you’ll be well-prepared for work or further studies in fields such as business, communications, law or medical school.

Why study classics at UNH?

This minor lets you select from a wide range of courses in all three of the classics options: languages and literature, ancient Mediterranean civilizations and Latin. The UNH classics program is part of the consortium of universities that supports the Intercollegiate Center for the Classical Studies in Rome, and the department also manages a popular January-term course in the ancient city, as well as programs in Greece and Budapest.

Potential career areas

  • Business
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  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Museum curation
  • Teaching
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Curriculum & Requirements

Classics encompasses the interdisciplinary study of the Greeks and Romans, as well as the ways in which the ancient world's influence extends to the Medieval Period, the Renaissance and the modern world. Studying classics, therefore, is to investigate several thousand years of material through the study of languages, literature, history, politics, law, archaeology, art, mythology and folklore, gender and sexuality, religious studies, philosophy and more—all with methods derived from a variety of humanistic and social science perspectives. This breadth provides an excellent liberal arts education that prepares students for a variety of careers, as well as for further study.

The coordinator is Scott Smith, Murkland Hall 301; Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies; e-mail

A minor in classics consists of five courses (20 credits).

Select five elective courses in classics, Greek and/or Latin20
Total Credits20


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