Department of Classics

Major Requirements

Starting with the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog, the Department of Classics offers two undergraduate majors, Classical Languages and Classical Studies. All students must choose a track within their major; a total of five different track options are available.

Classical Languages

Classical Language majors are an excellent fit for students most interested in the literature and linguistics of Latin and/or Greek. With all Classical Language tracks, the majority of upper-division hours for the major will be Latin and/or Greek courses. All Classical Languages tracks require a minor in a field other than Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization.

Classics Track

The Classics track combines advanced study of the classical languages (both ancient Greek and Latin) with study of Greek and Roman cultures from prehistory to late antiquity. Encountering ancient texts and ideas in their original language is richly rewarding in its own right; it also equips students with linguistic and analytical skills very useful in many other areas, including law, media, business, and public service. The Classics track is recommended for any student considering graduate school in Classics.

24 hours of coursework are required:

  • 6 hours of upper-division Greek
  • 6 hours of upper-division Latin
  • One capstone course chosen from C C 375, GK 365, or LAT 365
  • 9 additional hours of Classical Civilization (C C), Greek (GK), Latin (LAT), AHC 325, or AHC 378, including at least 3 hours upper-division*

*AHC 325 and AHC 378 were added as options for this requirement starting in the 2016-18 catalog.

Download the 2016-18 Classical Languages - Classics degree plan (PDF) 

Download the 2014-16 Classical Languages - Classics degree plan (PDF)

Download a sample four-year plan (PDF)

Latin Track

The Latin track combines advanced study of Latin with coursework in Classical Civilization and/or Greek. The focus is on close study of literary, historical, and philosophical texts from the classical period. Students interested in teaching Latin are encouraged to consider coordinated study with the UTeach program.

24 hours of coursework are required:

  • LAT 324 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • LAT 365 Seminar in Latin
  • 9 additional hours of upper-division Latin
  • 9 hours of Greek (GK), Classical Civilization (C C), AHC 325, or AHC 378, including at least 6 hours upper-division.*

*AHC 325 and AHC 378 were added as options for this requirement starting in the 2016-18 catalog.

Download the 2016-18 Classical Languages - Latin degree plan (PDF)

Download the 2014-16 Classical Languages - Latin degree plan (PDF)

Download a sample four-year plan (PDF)

Greek Track

The Greek track combines advanced study of Greek with coursework in Classical Civilization and/or Latin. The focus is on close study of ilterary, historical, and philosophy texts from the classical period.

24 hours of cousework are required: 

  • GK 365 Seminar in Greek
  • 9 additional hours of upper-division Greek
  • 12 hours of Latin (LAT), Classical Civilization (C C), AHC 325, or AHC 378, including at least 9 hours upper-division*

*AHC 325 and AHC 378 were added as options for this requirement starting in the 2016-18 catalog.

Download the 2016-18 Classical Languages - Greek degree plan (PDF)

Download the 2014-16 Classical Languages - Greek degree plan (PDF)

Download a sample four-year plan (PDF)

Classical Studies

The Classical Studies major offers students the option to explore the history and material culture of the ancient world. While study of Latin or Greek is still required, in the Classical Studies major the majority of upper-division coursework will be taken in Ancient History and/or Classical Civlization. Students who would like to pursue ancient history or classical archaeology at the graduate level should plan to study both Latin and Greek beyond the minimums required for the Classical Studies major. The Classical Studies major does not require a minor.

Ancient History Track

The Ancient History track combines study of the history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome with advanced study of classical languages, either ancient Greek or Latin. Study of these dynamic and influential societies is exciting in its own right and valuable also for the historical perspective it contributes to understanding our world today.

36 hours of coursework are required, including at least 21 upper-division hours:

  • 6 hours of premodern history, chosen from topics of AHC 310 and 330.
  • 9 hours upper-division Greek and/or Roman history, chosen from topics of AHC 325.
  • 6 hours of upper-division Greek or Latin.
  • 3 hours of AHC 378 Seminar in Ancient History.
  • 12 additional hours of Classical Civilization (C C), Greek (GK), Latin (LAT), and/or topics of AHC 319 and 325. (Note: courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement MAY NOT be used.)

Download the 2016-18 Classical Studies - Ancient History degree plan (PDF)

Download the 2014-16 Classical Studies - Ancient History degree plan (PDF)

Download a sample four-year plan (PDF)

Classical Archaeology Track

The Classical Archaeology track is interdisciplinary, combining study of the languages, history, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome with coursework in the theory and practice of archaeology. Majors pursue coursework both in the classroom and in the field or museums, including study abroad.

36 hours of coursework are required, including at least 21 upper-division hours:

  • 3 hours chosen from C C 307C Introduction to Greek Archaeology, 307D Introduction to Roman Archaeology, or 307K Topics in Archaeology
  • C C 317 Classical Archaeology: Methods and Approaches
  • C C 340 Advanced Topics in Classical Archaeology
  • 3 hours of coursework in archaeological techniques and analysis, chosen from approved list
  • 3 hours in upper-division Greek or Roman history, chosen from topics of AHC 325 or 378
  • 3 hours of upper-division coursework in ancient art history, chosen from approved list
  • 6 hours of upper-division Greek or Latin
  • a fieldwork experience (does not have to carry credit hours)
  • 12 additional hours chosen from ANT 304, R S 354D, approved topics of MES 342, and the areas listed above

Contact the academic advisor to review the list of approved courses in archaelogical techniques and analysis, ancient art history, and MES 342. 

Download the 2016-18 Classical Studies - Classical Archaeology degree plan (PDF)

Download the 2014-16 Classical Studies - Classical Archaeology degree plan (PDF)

Download a sample four-year plan (PDF)

Older degree plans

Students following majors available prior to the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog may consult the degree plans below.

2012-14 Catalog

Ancient History and Classical Civilization

Classical Archaeology

Classics

Latin

2010-12 Catalog

Ancient History and Classical Civilization

Classical Archaeology

Classics

Greek (The Greek major may not be declared after December 2011.)

Latin