The Department of Classics offers cultural and language instruction in both ancient Greek and Latin. A student may major in Latin, Classics (a combination of the languages with a primary emphasis on one) or Classical Humanities (a combination of courses in ancient culture and classical languages). In addition to these majors, the department also offers an undergraduate certificate in Classical Studies (Classics and related fields).
Interested students should consult with the Advisor, Toni Landis. She can assist with questions about the majors, the certificate, other L&S requirements and opportunities, and careers.
Undergraduate Major & Certificate Requirements
Classics Major with an emphasis in Latin
A major in Classics with an emphasis in Latin will be awarded if a student completes six credits of Greek beyond the first year (normally 305-306) plus seventeen credits of Latin beyond the first year including at least one course at the 500-level or above.
Classics Major with an emphasis in Greek
A major in Classics with an emphasis in Greek will be awarded if a student completes eight credits of Latin beyond the first year (normally 203-204) plus fifteen credits of Greek beyond the first year including at least one course at the 500-level or above.
Classical Humanities Major
The Classical Humanities major consists of a combination of courses in ancient culture and classical languages.
Four semesters of Greek, Latin, or any combination of the two are needed to fulfill the language requirement.
•Courses normally will be a combination of first and second year language courses (Latin 103, 104, 203, 204 and/or Greek 103, 104, 305, 306).
•Credit by course examination (retro-credit) may be used for no more than two semesters of this requirement.
Literature and Culture Requirement
Eighteen (18) credits from any of the following may be used to fulfill the literature and culture requirement. However, no more than 2 courses from the same outside department may be applied toward this requirement.
A student must also take Classics 591, the Undergraduate Seminar, normally in the senior year. The credits earned in this seminar count toward fulfilling the Literature and Culture Requirement. A student may take a different seminar by requesting a course substitution from the Undergraduate Advisor prior to enrolling.
In Latin, twenty-six credits beyond the first year are required, including 203-204, 301-302, and four courses at the 500-level or above. Prospective majors interested in teaching Latin in high school should consult the undergraduate advisor about requirements for teaching certification.
Certificate in Classical Studies
In order to receive the Certificate in Classical Studies, students are required to complete eighteen (18) credits in Classics and related fields. At least twelve (12) of these credits must be at or above the 300-level. Classical Humanities majors are not eligible for the undergraduate Certificate in Classical Studies.
In addition to all courses in Classics, the following courses offered by other departments also count towards the Certificate:
•Art History 115, 201, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 405, 505
•History 110, 112, 208, 251, 303, 307
•History of Science 322
•Integrated Liberal Studies 203, 205, 207
•Philosophy 430, 454
•Political Science 265
Language Placement and Retro-Credit
These guidelines are for informational purposes and should not be used as the final determining factor to place students into Latin courses. For specific questions regarding Latin placement, please consult with the Advisor, Toni Landis. Latin 103, 203, and 301 are offered every fall semester with the corresponding second semester offered each spring as Latin 104, 204, and 302.
Generally, students with 1-2 years of high school Latin will be placed in Latin 103 in the fall semester and may enroll freely.
Those students with 3-4 years of Latin may be placed in Latin 203 in the fall semester, and students who demonstrate exceptional proficiency in Latin may be allowed to enroll in Latin 301. To determine placement, please contact the Advisor.
Retrocredits are available through Latin 104, 203, 204 and Latin 301 by meeting the published Retroactive Language Credit requirements in the most current Undergraduate Catalog.
Latin 104 will include 4 retrocredits
Latin 203 will include 8 retrocredits
Latin 204 will include 12 retrocredits
Latin 301 will include 16 retrocredits
Latin 302 is not eligible for retrocredit.