524 Herter Hall
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: Lisa Marie Smith
Faculty: Professors Kitchell, Philippides, Wallace; Associate Professors Breed, Felton, Keitel, Ramsby; Assistant Professors Mueller, Tuck; Associated Faculty: Professors La Follette (Art History); Moebius (Comparative Literature); Barton, (History); Harris (English); Matthews (Philosophy).
Classics is an interdisciplinary field, embracing every aspect of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and the formidable influence of those cultures on the subsequent development of western civilization. Classics provides valuable insight into the ways in which the past has shaped the world’s present languages, literatures, religions, political and scientific thought, and artistic traditions. The first requirement of a student in Classics is a knowledge of the original language. All Classics majors, therefore, are expected to complete a five-semester sequence in one of the classical languages. Students may take ancient Greek or Latin.
Students who major or double-major in Classics must complete at least 10 courses (30 credits) in Classics, Greek, or Latin in addition to the university General Education courses. Approved courses in other departments or in the Five Colleges may be substituted. Only three of these credits may be taken Pass/Fail, and normally a grade of C or better must be earned in each course.
A major in classics, the oldest discipline in the liberal arts, is excellent preparation for any occupation or profession, including business, government, law, politics, management, computing, publishing, seminary, medicine, and teaching. The study of Classics is especially valuable for vocations requiring refined analytical and verbal skills. The major also prepares a student for graduate work in all areas of classical studies: archaeology, language and literature, ancient history, and museum studies.
The Classics Department offers minors in three areas: Greek Language, Latin Language, and Classical Civilization. Each acquaints the student with an important facet of Greek and/or Roman society. The minors are designed not only to be useful and enjoyable, but also to furnish a sound foundation in each of the three areas. They also offer an easy transition from the minor to the major.
The Greek Minor: at least 18 credits, to include the completion of one course in Greek at the 300 level, and one classics course.
The Latin Minor: at least 18 credits, to include the completion of one course in Latin at the 300 level, and one classics course.
The Classical Civilization Minor: at least 18 credits in classics courses including CLSICS 100, 102, or 200.
Students wishing to transfer credits from other institutions to meet the requirements for a minor at the university, to substitute equivalent courses, to obtain an authorizing signature, or simply to get information about a minor, should consult the Chief Undergraduate Adviser, tel. (413) 545-0512.