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Why study classics?

Because knowledge of Greek and Roman antiquity is fundamental to understanding the modern world.

Classics is the integrated study of Greek and Roman civilization through its languages, its literature, and its artistic and archaeological remains.

Language Proficiency

The CLAS language requirement may be fulfilled by taking either Latin or Greek. To meet the language requirement in Latin, a student should complete LAT 104, LAT 108, and LAT 112 followed by LAT 200 (or their equivalents). To meet the language requirement in Greek, a student should complete GRK 104, GRK 108 and 2 more courses (6 hours) at the GRK 300 level. The number of hours required may be reduced if a student has high school or transfer hours.

Placement in Latin

Students who wish to enroll in Latin after studying Latin in high school or elsewhere should seek advice from the classics faculty about appropriate placement in Latin courses at KU. Whenever possible, make an advising appointment in advance by calling the Department of Classics at 785-864-3153 or by contacting an adviser.

Retroactive Credit in Latin

In cooperation with the University Registrar, the Department of Classics awards retroactive university credit for work in Latin at the high school level. To qualify for retroactive credit, the student’s initial university-level enrollment in Latin must be in a KU course. The student qualifies for retroactive credit only after completing the KU Latin course with a grade of C or higher.

After completing such a course with a qualifying grade, the student must bring his or her ARTS form and high school transcript to the Department of Classics office for verification. The department then notifies the Office of the University Registrar of the number of credit hours to be awarded. The student’s transcript shows the number of hours awarded but no letter grade. The hours count toward graduation. Guidelines are as follows:

  • 2 Years of High School Latin: A student must enroll initially at KU in LAT 112 or LAT 113 and receive a grade of C or higher. 3 hours of retroactive credit will be awarded.
  • 3 Years of High School Latin: A student who initially enrolls in LAT 200 or LAT 201 and receives a grade of C or higher will receive 6 hours of retroactive credit. A student who enrolls in LAT 112 or LAT 113 and receives a grade of C or higher will receive 3 hours of retroactive credit.
  • 4 Years of High School Latin: A student who initially enrolls in a Latin course higher than LAT 200 or LAT 201 (e.g., any 300-level Latin course) and receives a grade of C or higher will receive 9 hours of retroactive credit. A student who enrolls in LAT 200 or LAT 201 and receives a grade of C or higher will receive 6 hours of retroactive credit.

Note: If a student initially enrolls in a course below the specified level (e.g., a student with 4 years of high school Latin enrolls in LAT 112 or LAT 113), he or she receives no retroactive credit. If a student initially enrolls in a course above the specified level (e.g., a student with 2 years of high school Latin enrolls in LAT 200 or LAT 201, or a student with 3 years of high school Latin enrolls in a Latin course higher than LAT 200 or LAT 201) and receives a grade of C or higher, he or she is eligible for the full retroactive credit allowed for that course.

Courses for Nonmajors

All courses are open to nonmajors. The department offers a range of courses in ancient art, archaeology, language, and literature, including the principal course CLSX 148 Greek and Roman Mythology. No knowledge of Latin or Greek is needed for courses labeled CLSX.

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