Our Curriculum

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. In our courses, students engage with some of the most profound thinkers and writers in human history, even as they examine the ancient world with a critical eye. We explore both what is glorious and what is abhorrent about the past, seeking to hear the “forgotten” voices of women, of the enslaved, and of other marginalized peoples. 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 disciplines in the humanities, as well as forming a solid foundation for law school or medical school.

The emphasis of each concentration in our department 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. With permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, a wide range of courses from related departments can cross-apply to a major’s curriculum

Students are encouraged to combine ancient and modern studies — within the College of Arts and Sciences, students may design a course of study that meets their intellectual needs more broadly than do most other programs of concentration.

Majoring 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 & Religion and Classics & Philosophy. Courses may be credited toward concentration only if a grade of C or higher is earned. Students are advised to choose a concentration before the beginning of their junior year. For more information, please click here.

Classical Civilization

A major in classical civilization, also referred to as a classical studies or classics major, provides an ideal foundation for students interested in comparative literature, archaeology, linguistics, and a wide range of humanistic disciplines. A major in classical studies also provides a superb foundation for students who wish to enter schools of law, business, medicine, or communications. The classical studies major teaches students to read and think clearly and enables them to deal from a critical perspective with the ethical and moral issues raised by a professional career.


CAS Foreign Language Requirement for Classics Concentrators:

All three of our language offerings, 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 major or minor concentrations in Classical Civilization, the classical languages, Modern Greek, Classics & Religion, or Classics & Philosophy.