Undergraduate Program


The undergraduate program in Classical Studies at Boston University comprises Latin and Ancient and Modern Greek; Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture; and the classical tradition. Our students are thus engaged with some of the most profound and exciting thinkers and writers of all time. In their study of the founding cultures of the Western world, students explore issues of enduring importance in ethics, politics, art, literature, and history. Concentrators can go on to pursue graduate study in Greek and Latin or careers in secondary teaching. Study of the classics also provides an ideal foundation for students interested in comparative literature, archaeology, linguistics, mythology and religion, philosophy, history, and a wide range of other humanistic disciplines, as well as making a solid foundation for law school or medical school.

The emphasis of each of the department’s concentrations varies to suit the interests and objectives of the individual student. To that end, the department cooperates with other departments at Boston University to enhance the range of courses that may be counted toward its concentrations and to support a variety of interdisciplinary programs. Students are encouraged to combine ancient and modern studies. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, a classics student may design a course of study that meets his or her intellectual needs more broadly than do most other programs of concentration.

Concentrations in the Classics

The Department of Classical Studies offers concentrations in Classical Civilization, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as joint concentrations in Classics and Religion, and in Classics and Philosophy. Courses may be credited toward concentration only if a grade of C or higher is earned. Required courses may be exchanged for others in the curriculum with the approval of the Department Chair or the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students are advised to choose a concentration before the beginning of their junior year. For more information, please click here.

CAS Foreign Language Requirement for Classics Concentrators

Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, and Latin may be used to fulfill the CAS foreign language requirement. Students who choose to complete the foreign language requirement using a classical language or modern Greek may not count 100-level courses in that language toward a major or minor concentration in Classical Civilization, Classical languages, Modern Greek, Classics and Religion, or Classics and Philosophy. For more information on our language programs, please click here.