The field of classics embraces Greek and Roman culture from the prehistoric to the medieval periods. The department offers both majors and minors in Classics.
There are five different tracks for the Classics major, and the various tracks are designed to accommodate the needs and interests of students. Students can choose to focus on the ancient languages by choosing the Greek concentration track, the Latin concentration track, or the Greek and Latin concentration track. Alternatively, students can focus their course work on studying Classics in English (the Classical Civilization concentration track) or on studying classical archaeology and material
culture (the Classical Archaeology concentration track). Students intending to major in Classics are encouraged to begin studying Greek and/or Latin as soon as possible.
The department also offers three minors. Students can minor in Greek, in Latin, or in Classical Civilization (this minor emphasizes coursework in English). If you are interested in declaring a Classics major, please contact the undergraduate advisor for help with the process. The undergraduate advisor can be found here.
A bachelor’s degree in classics prepares students for all sorts of careers. Potential employers in business look favorably upon
Classics students because they understand that Classics majors have developed strong analytic skills, both through the study of the primary languages (Greek and Latin) and through the study of Classics in English translation. Furthermore, many prestigious professional schools look upon schooling in the Classics with greater favor than upon schooling in preprofessional programs (such as in business or in journalism). Accordingly, students graduating from classics departments throughout the country have notable success in schools of law, medicine, and business.