Programs of Study and Course Offerings

Undergraduate level

At the undergraduate level students may complete a Classics major or a Classics minor.

The Classics major requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work and may be completed in any one of six different concentrations:

  1. Ancient Greek Language and Literature
  2. Latin Language and Literature
  3. Ancient Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures
  4. Classical Civilization
  5. Ancient History
  6. Mediterranean Archaeology

The Classics minor requires 18 credit hours of course work and may be completed in any one of four different concentrations:

  1. Ancient Greek or Latin Language and Literature
  2. Classical Civilization
  3. Ancient History
  4. Mediterranean Archaeology

The Department of Classics also serves as the administrative home for Religious Studies.

Graduate level

The department offers both M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Students admitted into the M.A. program may later apply to the Ph.D. program. Students with a strong background in the classical languages may apply directly to the Ph.D. program without an M.A. Individuals who already hold an M.A. in Classics or a closely related field from another institution are admitted to the Ph.D. program with advanced standing, the specific details of which are determined by the Director of Graduate Studies.

For the M.A. degree, which can generally be completed in two years, students are not required to pursue a specialization. For the Ph.D. degree, which can generally be completed in from five to seven years (i.e. three to five years beyond the time required to obtain the M.A.), students specialize in language and literature, ancient history, or Mediterranean archaeology.