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Classical Studies

Florence Gillman, PhD, COORDINATOR

The Classical Studies Minor

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 that provides students with an opportunity to supplement their major with a structured and directed program of study in the histories, religions, cultures, languages, and societies of Greco-Roman antiquity. It is designed to help students develop a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of the Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman civilizations of the Mediterranean (ca. 750 BC–ca. AD 500), and in so doing to enrich their understanding of themselves, their major, and the Catholic tradition.


Option I:
Three semesters in Greek or Latin and nine units in upper division classical studies courses from a minimum of two disciplines (listed below), plus either a fourth semester in a classical language or three units from the lower-division classical studies courses (listed below).

Option II:
18 units, including 6 Lower-Division Units from the courses below, and 12 Upper-Division Units from a minimum of two academic disciplines.

Six Lower-Division Units from:
ARTH 133 Introduction to Art History I
ENGL 223 Studies in Genre: Ancient Drama
ENGL 223 Studies in Genre: Classical Epic
ENGL 228 Studies in World Literature: Greece and Rome
HIST 102 The Ancient World
PHIL 270 History of Ancient Philosophy

12 Upper-Division units from:
ANTH 336 Pre-Classical Seafaring
ENGL 494 Special Topics: Classical Literature in Translation
GREK 499 Independent Study (may be repeated for credit with different topics)
HIST 311 Greek Civilization
HIST 312 Roman Civilization
HIST 321 Fall of the Roman Empire
LATN 499 Independent Study (may be repeated for credit with different topics)
PHIL 470 Studies in Ancient Philosophy
POLS 301 Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval
THRS 353 Early Christianity
THRS 385 Paul, The Man and His Message
THRS 388 The World of the Bible