Major Requirements

Two major programs are available to students interested in Classics. The major in Classical Studies offers intensive study of the history, myths, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, with a small amount of required coursework in ancient language. This major, in conjunction with an appropriate second major, is appropriate for students interested in graduate study or teaching in fields such as history, art history, or art, or in careers in museum studies, business or government. Students seeking a more focused program based in language study, with the option of seeking teaching credentials, may elect the major in Latin. Because VWU has a teaching endorsement in Latin, a major in Latin is an ideal route to a secondary teaching career in a state with a historically strong demand for high school teachers. Students planning to attend graduate school in Classics or Archaeology, or to teach high school Latin, should major in Latin and undertake a significant amount of coursework in Greek; it is also a useful second major for medical or law school.

*Students may not major both in Classical Studies and in Latin.

Major: Latin (BA)

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Civilization, Culture, Classical Tradition*
CLAS 105 Classical Mythology
CLAS 120 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
CLAS 209 Greek History
CLAS 210 Roman History

16
Language, Translation, Rhetoric, Textual Analysis, and Etymology (may be repeated)
LATN 305 Topics in Latin Prose
LATN 306 Topics in Latin Poetry Synthesis and Specialization ‡
12
One of the following:
CLAS 330: Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition
CLAS 350:Women in the Ancient World
CLAS 356:Classical Studies Abroad
CLAS 360:Classical Virginia
CLAS 370:The Ancient World in the Cinema
LATN 305: Topics in Latin Prose
LATN 306: Topics in Latin Poetry Synthesisand Specialization‡
LATN 471: Practicum in the Teaching of Latin
PHIL 332: Ancient Greek Philosophy
RELST 303: Saints and Heretics: Christian History I
4
CLAS 430 Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition (Senior Thesis) 4
Total 32

* When the student’s program of study dictates, other appropriate courses dealing with the ancient world may be substituted to count toward this category, with the permission of the Department Chair. ‡Other appropriate 300/400-level courses in related areas such as Art History may also be counted toward these four credits, subject to the approval of the Classics Department Chair. Students interested in graduate school are strongly encouraged to undertake more iterations of LATN 305 and 306, as well as to take GREK 121, 122, and some Greek at the 300 level. Students pursuing certification in the teaching of Latin must take LATN 471.

Major: Classical Studies (BA)

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Language

One of the following:(You may also choose a higher level course in either of these languages)
LATN 111: Beginning Latin I
GREK 121: Beginning Ancient Greek

4

Civilization, Culture, & Traditions*

Three of the following:
CLAS 105: Classical Mythology
CLAS 120: Introduction to Classical Archaeology
CLAS 209: Greek History
CLAS 210: Roman History

12

Synthesis and Specialization ‡

Three of the following:
CLAS 330: Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition
CLAS 350: Women in the Ancient World
CLAS 356: Classical Studies Abroad
CLAS 360: Classical Virginia
CLAS 370: The Ancient World in the Cinema
LATN 305: Topics in Latin Prose
LATN 306: Topics in Latin Poetry Synthesis and Specialization‡
PHIL 332: Ancient Greek Philosophy
RELST 303: Saints and Heretics: Christian History I

12
CLAS 430 Classical Epic and the Epic Tradition (Senior Thesis) 4
Total 32

*CLAS 263 and/or 264 World Literature I and II, ARTH 231 Ancient & Medieval Art History, RELST 217 The Old Testament World, RELST 218 The New Testament World, and other appropriate courses whose primary focus is the ancient world and/or its Nachleben may also be counted toward this category for the Classical Studies Major, with the permission of the Department Chair.‡ Other appropriate 300/400-level courses in related disciplines such as Art History may also be counted toward these 12 hours, subject to the approval of the Classics Department Chair.

Minor Requirements: Classical Studies (Latin or Greek)

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Three courses designated CLAS, LATN, or GREK (see advisor) 12
Two other courses designated as CLAS, LATN, or GREK (or other courses about the ancient world, as approved by the Department Chair) 8
Total 20

*At least 12 of the 20 semester hours must be at the 300-400 level.

Minor Requirements: Latin

Course Number And Title

Sem. Hrs.

Three courses in Latin (at least two at 300/400 level) 12
Two courses from either Latin or Greek or courses in art history, religious studies, philosophy as approved by the department coordinator. (One course must be at the 300/400 level.) 8
Total 20