Classics (CL)

Professor: G. Compton-Engle (Chair); Associate Professor: K. A. Ehrhardt

Courses in classical studies are offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures. The department offers major programs in classical languages and classical studies, as well as a minor in classical studies and a variety of individual courses that may be used to fulfill Core requirements or taken as electives. Program requirements for the major can be found here, while requirements for the minor can be found here.

Classics is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing the languages, literature, art, archaeology, history, philosophy, mythology, and religious lives of the Greeks and Romans in the broader ancient Mediterranean world. We offer Latin and ancient Greek languages from the introductory to advanced levels. In the introductory sequence, students build vocabulary and language skills and explore ancient cultures. In the upper-level Latin and Greek classes, students read literature by many authors, from Homer to St. Perpetua. For courses in Latin and Greek see the Course Descriptions section.

Courses with the CL designation are offered in English, with no knowledge of Latin or Greek required. Classics courses examine the Athenian democratic experiment, the Roman Republic, Greek art, ancient drama, mythology, and even barbarians. Many of these courses also may be used to fulfill Core requirements.

By helping students build strong thinking, writing, and speaking skills, a degree in classics prepares them for any career: law, medicine, teaching, politics, business, and more.

Students of almost any major may elect to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Classics degree (B.A.Cl.), instead of the B.A. or B.S., by completing four Latin courses at the 200 level or above. Students choosing the B.A.Cl. must still meet all the requirements for their major.