BA in Ancient Greek & Latin

Some of the most influential writers in the history of Western civilization arose from the world of ancient Greece, including Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, and Thucydides. The Latin language also has an extremely long and influential literary history, its practitioners including such seminal writers as Cicero, Caesar, Catullus, Vergil, Livy, and Tacitus. The linguistic importance of Latin continues in modern times, as the source of the Romance languages (e.g., Italian, French, and Spanish) and of more that 50% of English words.

Students majoring in Ancient Greek & Latin learn to read key works of classical antiquity in their original languages, acquiring advanced skills in grammar and linguistic analysis. They also learn to explore and discuss orally and in writing the meaning of texts through study of genre, style, cultural context, and the place of individual works in the literary and cultural history of the ancient world. Study of ancient Greek and Latin provides the necessary training for graduate work in Classics; is an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in classical archaeology, philosophy, history, religion and theology, and other humanistic disciplines; and is a good foundation for law school or medical school.


A major in Ancient Greek & Latin requires a minimum of ten 4-credit courses*. The requirements are as follows:

  • CAS CL 101 The World of Greece or CL 321 Greek History (formerly CL 221)
  • CAS CL 102 The World of Rome or CL 322 Roman History (formerly CL 222)
  • four courses in one of the two CAS classical languages (Ancient Greek or Latin) above the 100 level
  • three courses in the other classical language above the 100 level
  • one additional classical studies course, at the 400 level or higher, in either a classical language or a topic in classical civilization or history

With the permission of the faculty advisor, one course from the offerings under Classical Civilization* may be counted toward this major.


*Required 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.