Classics: Greek & Latin Concentration (CLAS)

The field of Classics embraces Greek and Roman culture from the prehistoric to the medieval periods. The undergraduate's primary aim in studying classics is to learn Greek or Latin (or both) well enough to read the ancient authors in their original languages. Through the study of classical literature in the original language and in English translation, and through the study of other areas encompassed by the classics, such as ancient history, philosophy, art history, mythology, and rhetoric, a student gains an understanding of the culture and ideals of the classical world and their influence on the languages and institutions of Western civilization.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Engage with key questions of history, culture, and language.

  2. Develop practical research skills.

  3. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  4. Prepare for the future by learning from the past.

  5. Build a foundation for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Classics may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Master of Arts (MA). Classics provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Colleges and universities

Research institutes

Museums and archives

State and local government

Arts councils

Art galleries

Non-profit organizations

Libraries and special collections

Historical preservation societies

Newspapers and magazines
Alumni Jobs

Legislative correspondent

Research linguist

Digital media coordinator

Event producer

Product developer

Donor and prospect research assistant

Media and content manager

Investment adviser representative

Account director
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
LAT 101 (or GRK 101); LAT 102 (or GRK 102); LAT 103 (or GRK 103)

2nd Year
LAT or GRK 301; LAT or GRK 302; LAT or GRK 303; CLAS 188 (or CLAS 330/407)

3rd Year
CLAS 2xx/3xx (choose two - 8 credits: CLAS 201/202/301/303 or HUM 102); HIST 412; HIST 414

4th Year
CLAS 3xx/4xx (three different topics - 12 credits)

Major Credits
Required   46 credits
Electives 32 credits

Total 78 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

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Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Analytical methods


Written and oral communication

Library research and information science

Cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Cultural resource management

Museum conservation

Grant writing and fundraising
Experiential learning opportunities

Archaeological fieldwork

Museum internships

Study abroad
Specialized Courses

Roman Life and Culture [Classics]

Death and Rebirth in Greece and India [Classics]

Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity [Classics]

Classical Greek Art [Art History]

Art and Politics in the Ancient World [Art History]

Fundamentals of Archaeology [Anthropology]

Zooarchaeology [Anthropology]

Topics in Roman History [History]
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Art History

Classical Civilization

Food Studies


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