BA in Classics & Religion

This major gives students an understanding of a range of religious movements, beliefs, texts, and practices, along with specific knowledge of the development of religions in the Greco-Roman world, including the relationship of Greek and Roman religious ideas and practices to Judaism and Christianity. Students learn to read, analyze, and discuss, within their cultural milieux, primary texts (in English translation) related to religions in ancient and later times. The joint major in Classics & Religion allows students to understand religion as a social and intellectual phenomenon in its many manifestations over a broad range of human history. It provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in myth studies, history, religion, theology, and other humanistic disciplines.


A major in classics and religion requires a minimum of twelve courses; six in classics and six in religion*. All required courses are 4 credit hours.

Classics requirements

  • One of the following four courses:
    • CAS CL 101 The World of Greece
    • CAS CL 102 The World of Rome
    • CAS CL 321 Greek History (formerly CL 221)
    • CAS CL 322 Roman History (formerly CL 222)
  • CAS CL 216 Greek and Roman Religion
  • four courses at or above the 200 level chosen, in consultation with an advisor, from the offerings under Classical Civilization* and/or classical languages

Religion requirements

  • CAS RN 200 Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • five 4-credit courses at or above the 200 level chosen, in consultation with an advisor, from courses offered by the Department of Religion

While this major does not require work in Greek or Latin, second- and third-year classical language courses are counted toward this major. Students are encouraged to consider the study of a classical language and reminded that both Greek and Latin fulfill the CAS foreign language requirement. Students interested in a major in classics and religion must consult an advisor in both the Department of Classical Studies and the Department of Religion.


*Required classics courses are divided into four categories: classical civilization, ancient Greek, modern Greek, and Latin. Refer to the Classical Studies programs section of this Bulletin for the full list of courses and their categories that may be used to fulfill the requirements stated above and for information on the CAS foreign language requirement for classics majors and minors.