Why a minor in Classical Studies?
By Classical Studies or “Classics” we mean the language and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Classical culture has had an enormous influence upon our Western civilization, in fields as varied as philosophy, literature, law, politics, and mathematics, to name but a few. But recognition of the fundamental role of the Classics has gradually faded over the years, to the point that many if not most people find it hard to justify the usefulness of studying Classics at all.
With the Minor in Classical Studies you will be able to rediscover some of that glorious heritage! You’ll have the opportunity to further your interest in ancient Roman and/or Greek civilization, by taking elective courses in classical literature, history, and philosophy, as well as gaining proficiency in the Latin language.
The minor in Classical Studies combines naturally with a major in (for example) history, philosophy, Biblical Studies, or English; we have even had a biology major with a Classics minor.
Students planning to apply to graduate school in the humanities will find that a Classics minor is helpful for those looking at History, English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy, to name a few. And of course a solid knowledge of the Latin language is invaluable for one’s command of good English grammar, vocabulary, and style.
Requirements for the Classics Minor
The program requires four semesters of Latin language (16 credits), along with two elective courses (8 credits). Students with previous experience may be able to test out of the first one or two semesters of Latin.
ENG 262 Classical Literature (offered every fall)
HIS 214 History of Ancient Greece
HIS 315 Ancient Belief and the Early Church
HIS 216 History of Ancient Rome
HIS 291 History of Ancient and Modern Greek Culture and Christianity in the Aegean. (This involves a trip to Greece.)
HIS 495/496 Ancient History I/II (special seminar topics)
PHI 202 History of Philosophy I
For further information or if you have any questions about the Classics Minor, please contact Professor Graeme Bird:
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Classics
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