MINORING IN CLASSICAL STUDIES

The Classical Studies minor provides a broad-based introduction to ancient Greek and Roman civilization which includes components of Latin language study, history and cultural studies. Students gain familiarity with diverse aspects of the ancient world and learn how to formulate original arguments based on primary sources, both material and literary. The minor requires 20 credits. Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.

Course Requirements

1. Latin language requirement (eight credits). Take at least eight credits of Latin language courses, which must be independent of any Latin courses used to satisfy any other requirements (i.e., no "double-counting" of Latin courses).

2. Classical history requirement (four credits). Take one of the following:

  • History 101, The Greek World, 1184-323BCE
  • History 103, The Roman World, 753BCE-180CE

3. Advanced course requirement (four credits). Take one of the following:

  • History 550, Writing Ancient History
  • History 551, Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece
  • Latin 315, Advanced Latin

4. Elective (four credits). Take one of the following elective courses to bring the total credits for the minor to at least 20:

  • History 101, The Greek World, 1184-323BCE
  • History 103, The Roman World, 753BCE-180CE
  • History 320, Writing Ancient History (cannot be taken by students who take HIST 550)
  • History 321, Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece (cannot be taken by students who take HIST 551)
  • Latin 215, Intermediate Latin
  • Literature In Translation (LITRN) 270, Greek Mythology
  • Philosophy 260, Ancient Greek Philosophy

Students who take both History 101 and 103 may count one of them toward the elective requirement. Other appropriate courses may be included in the minor with the permission of the minor coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential course substitutions prior to enrolling in the course.

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Judson Herrman
Minor coordinator, Professor of Classical Studies

Steven Farrelly-Jackson
Associate professor of Philosophy

Robin Orttung
Instructor in History and Modern and Classical Languages