Photo of three JCU students standing in front of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

JCU students visit the Acropolis in Athens (Photo courtesy of Anastasia Marinzel)

Classical Studies encompasses the languages and cultures of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Classics is by nature an interdisciplinary field, involving literature, art and archaeology, history, philosophy, mythology, and religious studies. Latin and Greek language skills serve as the foundation for any of these pursuits, and can also be a great aid to building vocabulary and language skills in English. Latin and Greek literature introduce you to classical authors whose excellence is beyond question and whose works and genres have influenced western literature down to our own day. By taking the long view of world events, classical studies encourages students to examine fundamental human questions about mortality, heroism, war and peace, and the nature of the good life.

A degree in classics helps students prepare for a wide variety of careers and life experiences, including law, medicine, business, and teaching. Majors in other fields of the humanities, such as English, philosophy, and history, will find their education substantially enriched by coursework in classics.

Why Study Classics?

Major in Classics: 36 credit hours

Classical Languages track: Nine 3-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level; CL 301 or 302; CL 410; and another CL course.

Classical Studies track: Six 3-credit courses in GK and/or LT at any level, plus CL 220, CL 250, CL 330, or another approved literature course; two of the following: CL 301, CL 302, HS 205, HS 305, AH 317, or another approved CL, HS, or AH course; two of the following: PL 210, PL 215, TRS 205, or another approved PL or TRS course; CL 410.

CL 410 fulfills the capstone requirement for either track in the major and should be completed during the student’s junior or senior year.

Minor in Classical Studies: 18 credit hours. Six courses in any combination of GK, LT, CL, PL 210, PL 215, TRS 205, AH 317, HS 205, HS 305, or other approved course focused on the ancient world.

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