Classics Major: Classical Languages & Literatures Option (B.A.)

The Classical Languages and Literatures (CLL) option allows for the most in-depth study of the ancient languages and requires knowledge of both Ancient Greek and Latin. It thus provides the strongest preparation for students considering graduate study in classics or related areas, and can also be an appropriate choice (with careful planning) for those thinking about teaching Latin in secondary schools. At the same time, it is designed for any student who desires a solid liberal arts education.

To complete the CLL option of the classics major, a student must complete 10 courses (40 credits), distributed as follows:

Language Courses 1
Select at least 12 credits at the 503 level or above 212-24
Select at least one class at the 700 level in the primary language (GREK or LATN)
Select at least one class at the 504 level or above in the secondary language (LATN or GREK)
Non-Language Courses
Select at least 16 credits in CLAS courses. As many as 28 credits may be counted toward this option. 316-28
Select an approved capstone experience of the following:
Senior thesis
Honors thesis
CLAS capstone course at the 600 or 700 level
At least 8 credits in 700-level LATN or GREK courses
Approved internship
Approved semester study abroad focused on the classical world
Total Credits40

No credits from language courses at the 400 level may be counted toward this option.


Students may count as many as 24 toward the CLL major option.


No more than 4 credits may come from courses at the 400 level. There are also courses taught outside of the program that are approved substitutes for CLAS courses, and the department will accept up to 8 credits from such courses. An up-to-date list of these courses is available from departmental advisers and additional exceptions are allowed with the written approval of the adviser.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Classics majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Student Learning Outcomes for Classics Major: Classical Languages and Literatures Option

  • Translate, contextualize, and interpret key texts in their primary language (Greek or Latin) at the upper level.
  • Translate, contextualize, and interpret intermediate-level texts in their secondary language (Greek or Latin).
  • Demonstrate an accurate understanding of linguistic concepts related to Greek and Latin including the elements of phonetics, semantics, and morphology and syntax at an upper level for their primary language and at an intermediate level for their secondary language.
  • Analyze and critique, including in essays or papers, the cultural, literary, and historical significance of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and how they have been received in later periods.