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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Classical Studies, B.A.

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*Please note that effective fall 2011 the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will no longer accept students into the Classical Studies degree program for spring 2012 and onward.*

In addition to fulfilling the college’s requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students majoring in classical studies must complete 33 semester hours as follows:

1. Twelve semester hours in either Latin or ancient Greek language

At the 2000-level and above, or equivalent placement by examination.

2. Six semester hours from survey courses taught in English:

3. Six semester hours

4. Nine semester hours from classical studies electives.


These courses may also be applied to meet general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree (for example, the foreign language requirement).

Because there is no uniform program of study for a degree in classical studies, majors should consult a classical studies advisor before enrolling in classes each semester. In general, however, students should begin the formal study of the ancient language (i.e., Greek or Latin) they choose for their major while they are still freshmen or as soon as possible after becoming a major. Many students will want to learn both Latin and Greek, but normally they should not begin both languages simultaneously at the elementary level. Taking the intermediate courses of one and the elementary courses of the other, however, usually presents no difficulty.

Selection of electives should follow the general criteria for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree. In selecting the classical studies electives, students will be guided by the faculty so that the courses they choose provide a general background in classical antiquities as well as a core of basic knowledge related to the individual student’s particular interest (ancient Greece, the Roman world, New Testament studies, medieval studies, comparative literature, ancient philosophy, etc.). Electives not listed may be taken and are subject to the approval of the program advisor.

Classical Studies Electives

Nine semester hours from the following courses (if not used to meet other requirements). Students may choose other courses, not listed here, with approval of the program director.

Art History (ARTH)

Greek (GREK) or Latin (LATN)

GREK 3000 and above; LATN 3000 and above, if beyond the 18 semester hours required by the CLA STD degree in one of the two ancient languages.

Philosophy (PHIL)

Political Science (POLS)


Majors in Classical Studies may choose either Latin or Greek to fulfill their language requirement. We recommend that students who are planning to do graduate studies, especially in Classics or in History, take at least three years of one of the classical languages and two years of the other. It is advisable to begin one language in the first year of the major, and wait to begin the study of the other language the following year.

The elementary year of foreign languages, including Latin or Greek, does not count toward the total number of hours in the degree. Thus GREK 1301 GREK 1302 /LATN 1301 LATN 1302  count as general elective hours. Students may place out of the elementary year by examination. At the intermediate level and above, students may earn credit by taking the Placement Exam. These exams are administered by Classical Studies, not by Testing and Counseling.

Credit in Modern Greek courses (GREK 1305 , GREK 1306 , GREK 2305 , GREK 2306 ) will not count as credits in one of the ancient languages, but may count as an elective

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