Undergraduate Program

The Classical Humanities major consists of a structured sequence of classes, all using texts in English translation, that guides students through a broad introduction to Classical literature and culture (e.g., Classical Mythology, Greek Culture, and Roman Culture) into more specialized study of some of the most important literary works and cultural traditions of the western world. Offerings include Greek and Roman Epic, the Age of Augustus, the Age of Pericles, Greek and Roman Religion, Women in the Ancient World, Classical Literature in a Cross-Cultural Context, the Ancient Novel, Late Antiquity, and a number of other courses. The Classical Humanities track offers a thorough course of study to any student broadly interested in ancient culture as well as a sound pre-professional education. Students are encouraged to take elementary Latin or Greek (1100, 1200, and 2000) to satisfy their College language requirement, but this is not required for the Classical Humanities major.

Students completing these majors will be well prepared for a variety of careers and for further study in graduate or other professional schools.

In the course of their degree, all classics majors achieve an integrated knowledge of:

  • The primary political, social, and military events and developments in the ancient Greek and Roman world;
  • The intellectual, cultural, and literary touchstones of the ancient Greek and Roman world;
  • How the ancient world has influenced, and continues to influence, later cultures.

Students who complete Latin, Greek, or Classical Languages Majors also master:

  • The grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek and/or Latin languages, for reading and writing;
  • The distinguishing characteristics of the various styles of the poets and prose writers active during various literary periods;
  • The fundamental structural elements common to all languages.

By the time of graduation, all classics majors are able:

  • To read critically texts and literature about the ancient Greek and Roman world.
  • To analyze and synthesize the relevant literature and design inquiries about it.
  • To conduct undergraduate-level research into the literature and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman world.
  • To write and speak well about the content of Classical Studies and their own research.
  • To analyze and construct sophisticated arguments and to evaluate the validity and reasonableness of evidence drawn from literature and material culture.
  • To integrate and apply to the contemporary world the histories, philosophies, stories, and rhetoric of the classical world, and to communicate their abiding importance effectively to both professional and lay audiences.

In addition, all Latin, Greek, and Classical Languages majors learn to read and translate central Greek and Latin texts, and to identify the resources that will help them read other texts.

Classical Humanities

Classical Humanities majors must have 24 hours of Classical Humanities courses

  • 6-9 hours in courses at the 1000-2000 levels
  • 15-18 hours in courses at the 3000-level or above
  • Latin or Greek language courses numbered 4300 or above may be used to replace up to 2 required Classical Humanities courses

Latin

  • Latin 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science)
  • Latin 4300 (Latin Poetry)
  • 9 additional hours of upper-level Latin (Latin 4350 or above)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above

Greek

  • Greek 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science)
  • Greek 4300
  • 9 additional hours of upper-level Greek (4350 or above)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above

Classical Languages

  • Latin OR Greek 1100, 1200, 2000 (which also may be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement in the College of Arts and Science): this is the "primary language"
  • 6 hours in 4000-level courses in the primary language (i.e., 4300 and one more)
  • courses through the 4300 level (i.e., 4 semesters) in the OTHER language (Latin or Greek)
  • 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses at the 2000-level or above

A double major is a good way of integrating two related areas of interest, Classics and Archaeology or History, for instance. Other students looking forward to a career in medicine or the sciences may use a double major (Classics and Biology, for example) to ensure a coherent background in the humanities to balance their scientific studies. Consult with departmental advisors about the specifics of this useful (and very popular!) arrangement.

Many students wish to pursue a dual major. That is, a major in the Department of Classics and a major in a college other than Arts and Science (such as Journalism) and this, too, may easily be arranged. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Matthew Farmer, farmermc@missouri.edu) for further information.

The department offers minors in

  • Classical Humanities: 15 hours in Classical Humanities courses, consisting of 3-6 at the 1060 and 2000 level, and 9-12 at the 3000 level and above*
  • Latin: 15 hours, consisting of Latin 4300, another Latin course at the 4000 level, and 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses or further Latin courses
  • Greek: 15 hours, consisting of Greek 4300, another Greek course at the 4000 level, and 9 hours in Classical Humanities courses or further Greek courses
  • *3 hours in Greek or Latin language at the 4300 level and above may be used to substitute for equivalent CH credits
Contact

David Schenker
Director of Undergraduate Studies
201 Swallow Hall
SchenkerD@missouri.edu