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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, 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 Languages

The Classical Languages major consists of 27 hours of work in classics and related courses, beyond these 4 preliminary requirements: LAT 104, LAT 108, GRK 104, and GRK 108 or their equivalents. Students who have already taken the equivalents of those courses proceed to the next level. Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the chair to substitute electives for one of the languages. This major requires at least 15 hours in language courses starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301, 3 hours in ancient art and archaeology, 3 hours in ancient history, and 6 hours in electives. Students aiming for graduate school in classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible—at the least, 3 years of one ancient language and 2 years of the other.

The department offers study abroad opportunities in Greece and Italy. All students may apply to attend these summer programs, and classics majors are especially encouraged to enroll.

Elementary Knowledge in Greek or Latin. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major. Equivalent courses and retroactive credit count toward this requirement. Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the chair to substitute electives for one of the languages.

Classical Languages Major Core Language Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete at least 15 hours in language courses, beyond the elementary level, starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301 or the equivalent.

Students aiming for graduate school in classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible, at the least 3 years of one ancient language and 2 years of the other.

Major Core Knowledge and Skills.

  • History. Satisfied by 1 of the following courses:

CLSX 230/CLSX 330 Greek Literature and Civilization (3)
CLSX 240/CLSX 340 Roman Literature and Civilization (3)
HIST 402 Roman Military History
CLSX 502/HIST 502 Development of Ancient Greece, ca. 1000-300 B.C. (3)
HIST 506 Roman Republic (3)
HIST 507 Early Roman Empire (3)
HIST 508 Late Roman Empire (284-527) (3)

  • Ancient Art & Archaelogy. Satisfied by 1 of the following courses:

CLSX 151 Introduction to Classical Archaeology (3)
CLSX 317 Greek and Roman Art (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 Languages Major Required Electives. Majors must complete 2 courses (6 hours) of electives. Elective courses may include any CLSX course and any course listed above (but not used to satisfy the requirement), and PHIL 384, PHIL 508, PHIL 605, PHIL 607, PHIL 608, HWC 304, or HWC 390, or other courses in allied fields as approved by the department chair.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 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 Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior 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.

Major Junior/Senior Attempts
Summary includes Classical Languages junior/senior (300+) hours attempted, including F's and incompletes.

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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