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Classics - Minor

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A minor or other concentration, such as an option or specialization, is a secondary set of courses that can be completed as you earn a degree in your major area of study.

The field of Classics studies the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome from the Mediterranean Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. Intellectually and artistically the period from Homer (700 BCE) to St Augustine (354-430 CE), in particular, represents one of the most creative eras in human history. Courses in Classics allow students to explore the full range of the ancient Graeco-Roman tradition by examining the history, society, literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and archaeology of the different periods of ancient Greek and Roman culture.

A classical education offers students insights into the origin and significance of many of Western civilization’s core cultural practices.  Suddenly, legal references, allusions in literature and in movies, and our own language, make much better sense. Moreover, the Classics curriculum bleeds over into almost every other Humanities-related discipline — English, History, Languages, Linguistics, Philosophy, Drama, Archeology, Art History, Music, Religious Studies, Women and Gender Studies — as well as a number of the Social Sciences (for example, Political Studies and Psychology). As a result, a background in Classics can enhance your other studies in a variety of ways.

Knowledge of Latin or Greek is not a prerequisite for CLAS courses, so students can study this material in translation, but courses in Greek and Latin can also be incorporated into your program.


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