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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Classical Antiquity

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Classics Majors

The Department of Classics offers 2 majors. Both provide students of diverse career goals a broad humane education and afford a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate work in classics. The Classical Antiquity major provides inclusive, interdisciplinary training in ancient Greek and Roman cultures and prepares you for graduate study in ancient archaeology, art, or history. The Classical Languages major trains you to read the great authors of classical antiquity (e.g., Homer, Plato, Vergil, Sappho, Saint Augustine) in the original language and prepares you for graduate study in classics and for teaching in some private schools.

You might also combine your classical language interest with a degree in the School of Education. A degree in education with a Latin major allows you to teach Latin in public high schools.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Potential classics majors should keep in mind that proficiency in Greek or Latin is required for either major; they need to enroll in GRK 104 or LAT 104 or their equivalents as early as possible. For students with no former training, proficiency takes 4 semesters; Classical Languages majors need additional language courses. Other courses to consider taking during the first or second year include CLSX 148, CLSX 151, CLSX 230, CLSX 240, CLSX 317, or the honors versions of those courses. As soon as the student decides that classics is a possible major, he or she should talk to an undergraduate adviser in classics.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major: Classical Antiquity

The Classical Antiquity major consists of 30 hours of course work in classics and related fields in addition to proficiency in either Latin or Greek. Students balance their course work among 3 areas: ancient literature, ancient art and archaeology, and electives. Of the hours taken to complete the major, 15 must be at the 300 level or above.

Proficiency in Greek or Latin. Majors must meet fourth-semester proficiency in either Greek or Latin (beginning with GRK 104 and LAT 104). Equivalent courses and retroactive credit count toward this requirement. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

Any upper-division Latin or Greek course not used to satisfy the language requirement.

Classical Antiquity Major Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete 3 course (9 hours) in each of the following areas:

  • Classics Ancient Literature. Satisfied by 3 course (9 hours):

CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology (3)
CLSX 149 Greek and Roman Mythology Honors (3)
CLSX 230 Greek Literature and Civilization (3)
CLSX 240 Roman Literature and Civilization (3)
CLSX 330 Greek Literature and Civilization, Honors (3)
CLSX 340 Roman Literature and Civilization, Honors (3)
CLSX 384 The Rise of Greek Tragedy (3)
CLSX 388 Poetry and Politics in Fifth-Century Athens (3)
CLSX 576 Topics in Greek and Roman Literature: _____ (3)
HWC 304 Masterpieces of World Literature I
PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy

Any upper-division Latin or Greek course not used to satisfy the language requirement.

  • Classics Art & Archaelogy. Satisfied by 3 courses (9 hours):

CLSX 151 Introduction to Classical Archaeology (3)
CLSX 317 Greek and Roman Art (3)
CLSX 351 Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Honors (3)
CLSX 525 Aegean Archaeology and Art (3)
CLSX 526 Greek Archaeology and Art (3)
CLSX 527 Roman Archaeology and Art (3)
CLSX 529 Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East (3)
CLSX 577 Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: _____ (3)
HWC 600/HA 600 Biography of a City: _____ (any ancient Mediterranean city)

  • Classical Antiquity Major Required Electives. Majors must complete 4 courses (12 hours) of electives. Any course from the above lists not used to satisfy the literature or archaeology concentration, and any upper-division Latin or Greek course not used to satisfy the language proficiency requirement or the literature requirement may be used to satisfy this requirement. The following courses may also be selected:

CLSX 232 Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in English (3)
CLSX 332 Scientific Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in the Vocabulary of Science (3)
CLSX 315 Women in Ancient Art and Society (3)
CLSX 350 Modern Themes, Ancient Models: _____ (3)
CLSX 496 Honors Essay in Classical Antiquity (3)
CLSX 502/HIST 502 Development of Ancient Greece, ca. 1000-300 B.C. (3)
CLSX 575 Readings in: _____ (1-3)
HIST 506 Roman Republic (3)
HIST 507 Early Roman Empire (3)
HIST 508 Late Roman Empire (284-527) (3)
ANTH 110/ANTH 310 Introduction to Archaeology (3-4)
REL 525 Jews and Christians (3)
REL 530 Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine (3)
LING 106 Introductory Linguistics (3)

Only 6 hours each of CLSX 575, CLSX 576, and CLSX 577 may count toward the major.

Classical Antiquity Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for classical antiquity.

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