Undergraduate Program

Curricula leading to majors are offered in Classics, Greek, and Latin. Minors are offered in Classics, Religious Studies, Greek, and Latin. Language requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences can be satisfied by Greek, Hebrew and Latin.

MUTANDA! Starting next academic year, the Classics & Religious Studies Department will be implementing the new "Classics & Religious Studies" and "Classical Languages" Majors. This change will be equivalent to "fine, old wine in shiny, new bottles."

Options for those coming in on the cusp of this change are available from Departmental Advising. No Major left behind!

Undergraduate Advisor-Classics:  Thomas E. Rinkevich, Ph.D.
Phone:  (402) 472-4482
Email:  trinkevich1@unl.edu

Undergraduate Advisor-Classical Languages:  Robert J. Gorman, Ph.D.
Phone:  (402) 472-5034
Email:  rgorman1@unl.edu

Undergraduate Advisor-Religious Studies:  Yaroslav Komarovski, Ph.D
Phone:  (402) 472-4485
Email:  ykomarovski2@unl.edu

Activities
Students planning to become high school Latin teachers should join the American Classical League. The League advertises and distributes classroom materials suitable for high school Latin classes and operates a teacher placement service for high school Latin teachers. Students planning to pursue doctoral-level studies in classics should join the American Philological Association. The Association is the senior professional organization for classicists in North America. At its annual meetings in January it provides opportunities for scholarly communication through panels and paper sessions and operates a placement service for persons seeking university-level appointments.

As a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student you will have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural or political interests. Involvement in any of these organizations builds leadership, communication and organizational skills and helps you to make new friends with those who have similar interests.

Students will also find many positive aspects to life in Lincoln. The city has a wealth of cultural attractions, including several museums, art galleries, performing arts venues, theaters, and cultural centers, as well as many festivals.

The historic Haymarket District, adjacent to downtown and the University, is home to more than 15 restaurants, bars, and night spots, 35 specialty and antique shops, art galleries, and booksellers, and the restored Lincoln Station.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts, also on the edge of campus, brings to Lincoln the finest music, dance, theater, opera, Broadway, and popular entertainment from around the world (and students pay half-price for tickets). The University's Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery not only Featrues one of the nations finest collections of 20th Center American art, but is also home to the Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater, which brings a variety of independent and foreign films to Lincoln.

Study Abroad
Advanced undergraduates are encouraged to further their studies abroad. Students may choose from among several established programs that cover a full academic year, semester, or summer. Most ancient studies programs offer a variety of courses in classics, ancient and modern languages, and history. In addition, students are introduced to the archaeology and art of the culture by frequent trips to sites and museums. These programs include, but are not limited to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, College year in Athens, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem. Also, UNL faculty frequently offer archaeological study tours to Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt during the summers. The department administers the Clarence A. Forbes Fellowship for study abroad.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships for students in classics and religious studies are supported by income from the Grace I. Bridge and Emma C. Steckelberg scholarship funds. Scholarships from these sources also can be awarded to first-year students.

  • Returning students
    Students currently enrolled and with a declared major in Classics and Religious Studies or Classical Languages are eligible for awards from these sources. You can be considered for these scholarships by completing the application form available in the Department office and returning it by March 15.
  • Freshmen and Transfer Students
    Scholarships from these sources can be awarded also to first-year students. Incoming students who are applying for admission should contact the Office of Admissions regarding application for freshman scholarships and all deadlines.

To be considered for need-based federal and state financial assistance, complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 of the year in which you are seeking aid as possible. Most federal and state aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so it is important to apply early and submit income tax information as soon after it is requested as possible.