Classics embraces all of ancient Greek and Roman civilization but especially Greek and Latin literature. This includes not only poets like Homer and Vergil but also historians, philosophers, theologians, and statesmen. Their works and those of classical artists and architects inspired the Mediterranean world for a thousand years and are the basis of Western civilization.

Classical studies are built upon learning a classical language—Greek or Latin or preferably both. In addition to reading classical literature in the original, Classics majors explore a menu of intellectual and artistic studies through works in English translation.

Classics provides the foundation for a successful intellectual, cultural, and professional life. Some graduates enter careers in the arts or publishing or travel or education. Others use their liberal arts experience to work into management or administration. Still others find Classics incomparable preparation for law or, with some course work in sciences, medicine.

Program Overview

The major in Classics combines language, literature, and culture. The major requires 30 upper division units. There are two emphases: Classical Language and Classical Humanities. Both emphases include language and non-language courses. Majors emphasizing Classical Language can complete their lower and upper division program within three years, which is how long it takes to complete a six-course language sequence in Greek or Latin. The Classical Humanities emphasis requires four semesters in either language and can be completed in two years.  All Classics majors are required to take the Senior Seminar and to submit a senior portfolio.

Special Features

  • Classics majors have at their disposal the Burnett Classics Seminar Room with its library and media resources.
  • Small language classes, close academic advising, and the fellowship of a small department with diverse interests.

Career Opportunities

Classics majors are well prepared for law school, and with supplementary coursework in business, economics, or information systems, a Classics graduate can be very competitive in the business world. Classics graduates also have an advantage as editors, librarians, journalists, and technical writers. Opportunities are available in public relations, government, and other fields where general knowledge, perspective, and a facility with language serve not only the public good but one’s own success.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services website.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.