The Classics and Religious Studies major offers a wide range of courses in the civilization, religions, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, as well as ancient and modern religions broadly conceived. It is an interdisciplinary major with two areas of emphasis, one in Classics and one in Religious Studies. The field of Classics encompasses a wide range of courses in the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome—their languages, literature, history, and material culture. The field of Religious Studies will acquaint students with the world's religious traditions, great and small, their histories, sacred writings, and how they are practiced and lived in the world today.
If you choose an Emphasis in Classics, you will find ample opportunities to enrich your understanding of the modern world by immersing yourself in the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including their literature, history, and art and archaeology. You will find that the Classics program fosters a vibrant community of student-scholars, one that stimulates all variety of interests in the ancient world and its reception.
The requirements for the major in Classics and Religious Studies, and the minor in Classics, are designed to give you maximum freedom to select courses that meet your particular needs and interests. For current information on the requirements for the major and minor, read the Undergraduate Catalog, or set up a meeting with advisor Timothy Turnquist.
If you choose an Emphasis in Religious Studies, you will have a unique opportunity for intellectual discovery and personal growth. You will find that the Religious Studies program is a welcoming environment in which to pursue the academic study of religion, regardless of your own particular faith, or even if you do not consider yourself religious.
The requirements for the major in Classics and Religious Studies, and the minor in Religious Studies, are designed to give you maximum freedom to select courses that meet your particular needs and interests. For current information on the requirements for the major and minor, read the Undergraduate Catalog, or set up a meeting with the Religious Studies advisor, Professor Max Perry Mueller.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in Classics and Religious Studies such as:
- Studying abroad in Greece, Ireland, Italy, or Morocco
- Serving as President of the Classics Club
- Researching medieval manuscripts or Greek archaeological sites
- Volunteering with the Sheldon Museum of Art
- Interning with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
This major serves as excellent preparation for careers in any number of fields, such as law, medicine, journalism, ministry, business, and education. Depending on your chosen emphasis, this major also provides you with an excellent background to pursue graduate work in classical languages and literature, classical archaeology, ancient history, religious studies, literary scholarship, and other disciplines in the humanities. Here are examples of recent graduates' employment:
- Account Manager / OMAHA MARKETING SOLUTIONS
- Contract Manager / CELERION - LINCOLN NE
- Field Organizer / NEBRASKANS FOR ALTERNATIVES TO THE DEATH PENALTY
- Judicial clerk / JUDGE RILEY-8TH CIRCUIT
- Phlebotomist / BRYANLGH
- Software Engineer / UNION PACIFIC
- Special Education-Elementary K-8 / TEACH FOR AMERICA
- Young Adult Ministry Intern / VILLAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH