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 advisor in classics.
Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major: Classical Antiquity
The Classical Antiquity major consists of 30 hours of work in Classics and related courses, in addition to the coursework in Latin and/or Greek required for the major. The major is designed to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of ancient Greek and Roman cultures while maximizing student flexibility.
Of the 30 hours that constitute the major, 15 must be in the Classics Department, i.e., CLSX, GRK, and LAT courses; and 15 must be junior/senior hours, i.e., at the 300 level or above. This major has two tracks: Classical Humanities, and Classical Art and Archaeology. Coursework in Latin and or Greek required for the major: 4-semester proficiency in Latin or ancient Greek, or four semesters combined Greek and/or Latin, or the equivalent.
Track 1 - Classical Archaeology: 15 hours from list A, 6 hours from list B, and 9 hours from list C.
Track 2 - Classical Humanities: 15 hours from list B, 6 hours from list A, and 9 hours from list C.
List A - Classical Archaelogy
- CLSX 151/CLSX 351 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
- CLSX 317 Greek and Roman Art
- CLSX 525 Aegean Archaeology and Art
- CLSX 526 Greek Archaeology and Art
- CLSX 527 Roman Archaeology and Art
- CLSX 538 Pompeii and Herculaneum
- CLSX 529 Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
- CLSX 577 Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean*
- HA 600 Biography of a City
- ANTH 410 Archaeological Myths and Realities
- ANTH 418 Summer Archaeological Fieldwork
List B - Classical Humanities
- CLSX 148/CLSX 149 Greek and Roman Mythology
- CLSX 230/CLSX 330 Greek Literature and Civilization
- CLSX 240/CLSX 340 Roman Literature and Civilization
- CLSX 384 The Rise of Greek Tragedy
- CLSX 388 Poetry and Politics in Fifth-Century Athens
- CLSX 576 Topics in Greek and Roman Literature*
- LAT/GRK courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirement
- PHIL 384 Ancient Philosophy
- PHIL 508 Early Greek Philosophy
- PHIL 605 Plato
- PHIL 607 Aristotle
- PHIL 608 Hellenistic Philosophy
- HWC 304 Masterpieces of World Literature
List C - Electives
- CLSX 232/CLSX 332 Word Power/Scientific Word Power
- CLSX 350 Modern Themes, Ancient Models
- CLSX 375 Studies In...
- CLSX 496 Honors Essay in Classical Antiquity
- CLSX 502 Development of Ancient Greece
- CLSX 515 Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture
- CLSX 516 Gender and Sexuality in Roman Culture
- CLSX 550 Capstone in Classics
- CLSX 570 Study Abroad Topics in Greek and Roman Culture
- CLSX 575 Readings in...*
- ANTH 110/ANTH 310 Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 415 Rise of Civilization
- ANTH 520 Ceramics
- HIST 402 Roman Military History
- HIST 506 Roman Republic
- HIST 507 Early Roman Empire
- HIST 508 Late Roman Empire
- LING 106 Introductory Linguistics
- REL 525 Jews and Christians in Greco-Roman Antiquity
- REL 526 Jewish History and Literature in the Greek and Roman Periods
- REL 527 Ancient Mesopotamian Culture and Religion
- REL 530 Christian Origins: From the Beginning to Constantine
- Any course from List A or B beyond those used to fulfill the requirement.
* Only 6 hours each of CLSX 575, 576, and 577 may count toward the major.
Students wishing to use their LAT or GRK to satisfy the university’s language requirement must do four semesters of the same language.
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:
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.
With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. See your major advisor for information regarding creation of a 4-year plan.