Classical Greek

The study of Classical Greek allows students to become familiar with one of the oldest written traditions in the world. The cultural productions of classical Greece are worthy of study both in their own right and for their continuing, vital relevance to the world we live in today. Students acquire an appreciation for key aspects of the cultural legacy of one of the civilizations that has most shaped the modern world, and they simultaneously enrich their knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar.

Students may elect to major in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a concentration in Classical Studies in either the Humanities or European Studies tracks. Upper-division courses relating to Greek culture will be completed in disciplines such as history, philosophy, political science and theology and religious studies. These courses are conducted in English.

With the prior permission of the director, Greek 294, 394 and 499 may be counted toward the requirements. The Classical Studies minor (Option 1) requires classical Greek (or Latin) 101-201 and makes 202 one of the choices from a list of lower-division courses. With the prior permission of the director, Greek 294, 394, 494 and 499 may be counted toward the requirements.

Note: Please read the placement policy of this department before enrolling in your first Classical Greek class at USD or elsewhere.

Begin quote I thought that the chief thing to be done in order to equal boys was to be learned and courageous. So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Core Curriculum Program

Students who enroll in Classical Greek to complete the Core Curriculum requirement will most likely need to take the full, three-semester sequence (101, 102, and 201).

We offer very advanced students the opportunity of taking the Competency Exam in lieu of 201. To learn more, visit our the competency section of the Language Gateway.

Minor Program

Although we do not offer a minor in Classical Greek, the Interdisciplinary Humanities major and minor programs offer students with an interest in Latin the option of selecting a concentration in Classical Studies. Advanced courses are taken through a variety of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences (such as History, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies). Those courses are taught in English.

A separate Classical Studies minor has also been developed. Option 1 requires the completion of Greek 101, 102, and 201, an additional lower-division course, either Greek 202 or one taken from the list of approved classes, and 9 upper-division units selected from this list.