The Major in Classics and Religious Studies

The major requires 30 hours of courses. Students will choose 9 hours from the Core Course list below.  In addition, each student will choose an emphasis in either Classics or Religious Studies (described below). 12 Hours must be taken at the 300 level or above. The student may count up to 6 hours above the 100-level in Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic toward the major. No more than six hours of independent study may count toward the major. A minor is required and may be any Plan A minor approved by the College.

Core Courses:

  • CLAS 180. Classical Mythology (3 cr)
  • CLAS 283. Epic Tales (3 cr)
  • CLAS 286. Literature of the Ancient Near East (3 cr)
  • CLAS/RELG 305. Ancient Greek Religions (3 cr)
  • CLAS/RELG 307. Early Christianity (3 cr)
  • CLAS 310. Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire (3 cr)
  • CLAS/RELG 331. Ancient Israel (3 cr)
  • RELG 181. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3 cr)

Requirements for the Emphasis in Classics: Students may divide their courses among the following areas, provided six hours are taken in each area. in the major program.

Area A: Arts and Archaeology

Area B: Language, Thought, and Literature

Area C: Historical Studies

Requirements for the Emphasis in Religious Studies: Students may divide their courses among the following areas, provided six hours are taken in each area. in the major program.

Area D: The Nature of Religion

Area E: Scriptual Studies

Area F: The Study of Religious Traditions

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required:

  1. To assemble and maintain a portfolio to include the syllabus and a copy of all written exams and assignments for each course applied toward the major.
  2. In their senior year, to complete a written exit survey. The undergraduate adviser will inform students of the scheduling and format of assessment activities.
    Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student's GPA or graduation.

Requirements for the Minor in Classics

Eighteen (18) hours of the courses listed in A, B, and C. At least 3 hours must be taken from each area, and at least 9 hours must be CLAS. At least 6 hours must be above 299.

Requirements for the Minor in Religious Studies

Eighteen (18) hours of the courses listed in D, E, and F. At least 3 hours must be taken from each area, and at least 9 hours must be RELG. At least 6 hours must be above 299.

Classics Course Offerings and Descriptions

Religious Studies Course Offerings and Descriptions