The major in Classics is rooted in the strong tie between Classical language study in both Greek and Latin and the College's emphasis on the liberal arts, which is a central component in our Catholic tradition. The Classics Department provides comprehensive offerings at the intermediate and advanced level in all major Classical authors, culminating in capstone 400-level courses in Virgil and Homer.
The Classics major prepares students for graduate study in Classics and in core liberal arts programs such as philosophy, theology, history and English - which often require a strong Classical language background. In conjunction with a minor in Secondary Education, the Latin major also provides the necessary preparation for teaching Latin in high school.
The major in Classics requires six courses in Latin beyond the introductory level, one of which must be the capstone Virgil course, and two courses in Greek at the intermediate level.
All courses in the Classics Department are strongly language-oriented and require close reading in Latin and Greek of the authors studied. The range of literature studied is wide: drama, poetry, history, philosophy, politics, ancient medicine and oratory. While the works were written in the past, discussion of them impinges on very contemporary issues. Students choosing the Latin major should keep this in mind when choosing their minor. Very strong students may wish to consider double majors.
The minor in Classics is available and consists of any five courses in Latin or Greek or Classical Art and Archeology, one of which must be at the 300 level.