Requirements for the Major in Classics
The major requires 30 hours of courses distributed as described below, plus the first year of either Greek, Hebrew, or Latin, selected in consultation with the adviser, and depending on the chosen area of emphasis. This requirement may be applied to the college language requirement. A minor is required and may be any minor approved by the College.

1. Core Courses (15 hours): required of all students in the major program.
A course may be used to satisfy either the core requirement or the area of emphasis requirement but not both.

  • AHIS 211. Classical Art & Archaeology or 311 Greek Art & Archaeology or 313 Roman Art & Archaeology (3 cr)
  • CLAS 180. Classical Mythology (3 cr)
  • CLAS 281. The World of Classical Greece (ENGL 240A) or CLAS 282. The World of Classical Rome (ENGL 240B) (3 cr)
  • HIST 210. Ancient Greece & Rome 500 BC-335 AD (3 cr)
  • PHIL 231. History of Philosophy (Ancient) or 331 Hellenistic Philosophy (3 cr)

2. An additional 9 hours to be taken in one of the following areas of emphasis, 6 of which must be above 299.

Arts and Archaeology

  • AHIST 311. Greek Art & Archaeology (3 cr)
  • AHIST 313. Roman Art & Archaeology (3 cr)
  • AHIST 411. Classical Architecture (3 cr)
  • AHIST 413. Roman Painting (3 cr)

    Language and Literature

    Courses beyond first year in Latin, Greek or Hebrew.
  • CLAS 283. Epic Tales: The World's Heroes and Gods (3 cr)
  • CLAS 286. Literature of the Ancient Near East (3 cr)
  • CLAS 300B. Egyptian (3 cr)
  • CLAS 300C. Coptic (3 cr)
  • CLAS 300D. Sanskrit (3 cr)
  • CLAS 350. Literature of Judaism (JUDS/RELG 350) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 381. Ancient Novel (3 cr)
  • CLAS 483. Classical Drama (ENGL 440) (3 cr)
  • ENGL 340. Classical Roots of English Literature (3 cr)
  • ENGL 341. Judaeo-Christian Literature (3 cr)
  • ENGL 489. Medieval Literature & Theology (RELG 489) (3 cr)
  • THEA 335. History of Theater I (3 cr)
  • THEA 404. Evolution of Dramatic Theory I (3 cr)

    Religion and Philosophy

  • CLAS 307. Early Christianity (HIST/RELG 307) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 308. History of Comparative Religion (HIST/RELG 308) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 408. Dead Sea Scrolls (JUDS/RELG 408) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 409. The Religion of Late Western Antiquity (HIST/RELG 409) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 410. Gnosticism (RELG 410) (3 cr)
  • PHIL 331. Hellenistic Philosophy (3 cr)
  • PHIL 335. Medieval Philosophy (3 cr)
  • PHIL 450. Ancient Philosophy (3 cr)

    Historical Studies

  • CLAS 315. Medieval World (HIST 315) (3 cr)
  • CLAS 331. Ancient Israel (HIST 331) (3 cr)
  • HIST 311. The World of Homer (3 cr)
  • HIST 318. The Roman Empire (3 cr)
  • HIST 412. City States in Classical Greece (3 cr)
  • HIST 417. The Roman Revolution, 133 BCE-68 AC (3 cr)

3. A total of 6 hours selected from two area outside the selected area of emphasis or other courses as approved by the adviser.

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

The five core courses (15 hours), plus one elective above 299.

Pass/No Pass
Departmental permission to take major or minor courses for pass/no pass credit must be obtained. Request forms are available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.

Classics Course Offerings and Descriptions