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Minoring in Classics

The Classics department offers Minors in four areas, all designed to acquaint the student with the most interesting facets of Greek and Roman Culture. All Classics Minors require six courses with a minimum of 18 credit hours.


Latin Language & Literature

The Latin Language and Literature minor requires the equivalent of five semesters of Latin plus a sixth course chosen from any of our departmental offerings. We recommend Classics 102 (Roman Civilization) or 202 (Age of Augustus) or another course on Roman history or culture to complement the Latin, but the sixth class could also be another Latin course, beginning Greek, Classics 103 (Intro to Classical Archaeology), Classics 224 (Mythology), etc.—your choice! Note that Latin 126 and 246 (Intensive Beginning and Intermediate Latin) each count as two semesters; we also offer a non-intensive sequence (Latin 110, 120, 230, and 240).


Greek Language & Literature

The Greek Language and Literature minor requires the equivalent of five semesters of Ancient Greek plus a sixth course chosen from any of our departmental offerings. We recommend Classics 100 (Greek Civilization) or Classics 200 (Greece in the Age of Democracy)) or another course on Greek history or culture to complement the Greek, but the sixth class could also be another Greek course, beginning Latin, Classics 103 (Intro to Classical Archaeology), Classics 224 (Mythology), etc.—your choice! Note that Greek 126 and 246 (Intensive Beginning and Intermediate Greek) each count as two semesters; we occasionally also offer a non-intensive beginning sequence (Greek 112 and 122 ).


Classical Civilization

In addition to one basic civilization course (Classics 100, 102, 200, or 202), the student takes five other Classics courses at any level. Archaeology as well as Greek and Latin language courses can count toward this minor.


Classical Archaeology

Students are required to take Classics 103 (Introduction to Classical Archaeology), one basic civilization course (Classics 100, 102, 200, 202, or 224), and either Classics 300 (Greek Archaeology) or 301 (Roman Archaeology). In addition, they take three other courses in Classical Archaeology numbered 300 or higher.