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Classical Studies

Minor in Classical Studies

The classical world was the crucible in which Christianity and the western artistic, literary, philosophical, and political traditions were formed.  The Classical Studies minor is an interdisciplinary academic program designed to provide students in all majors with an opportunity to enrich their understanding both of the western tradition and of themselves by studying the history, cultures, religions, and languages of the Greco-Roman world.


Option 1

Three semesters in a classical language and 9 units from the upper-division Classical Studies courses from a minimum of two disciplines (listed below, under Option 2), plus either a fourth semester in a classical language or 3 units from the lower-division Classical Studies courses (listed below, under Option 2).  Currently the classical language courses offered at USD include:

  • Greek 101: Elementary Greek, First Semester
  • Greek 102: Elementary Greek, Second Semester
  • Greek 201: Intermediate Greek, First Semester
  • Greek 202: Intermediate Greek, Second Semester
  • Latin 101: Elementary Latin, First Semester
  • Latin 102: Elementary Latin, Second Semester
  • Latin 201: Intermediate Latin, First Semester
  • Latin 202: Intermediate Latin, Second Semester

Independent Study classes are also available in both Greek and Latin (see below).

Option 2

18 units, including 6 lower-division units from the courses below, and 12 upper division units from a minimum of two academic disciplines.

6 lower division units from:

  • Art History 133: Introduction to Art History I
  • English 223: Studies in Genre: Ancient Drama
  • English 223: Studies in Genre: Classical Epic
  • English 228: Studies in World Literature: Greece and Rome
  • History 102: The Ancient World
  • Philosophy 270: History of Ancient Philosophy

12 upper division units from:

  • Anthropology 390: Archeology of the Bible
  • Anthropology 391: Bethsaida Archaeological Field School
  • English 494: Special Topics: Classical Literature in Translation
  • Greek 499: Independent Study (may be repeated for credit with different topics)
  • History 311: Greek Civilization
  • History 312: Roman Civilization
  • History 321: Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Latin 499: Independent Study (may be repeated for credit with different topics)
  • Philosophy 470: Studies in Ancient Philosophy
  • Political Science 301: Political Thought: Ancient to Modern
  • Theology and Religious Studies 353: Early Christianity
  • Theology and Religious Studies 385: Paul, The Man and His Message
  • Theology and Religious Studies 388: The World of the Bible