The Catholic University of America

Undergraduate Majors

BA in Classics (Greek and Latin)

In this program, students read classical texts in both Greek and Latin. The program consists of six or seven courses in Greek beyond the 102 level, six or seven in Latin beyond the 102 level, two in prose composition, two in ancient history, and two in ancient art and architecture. It also requires that students complete a senior project.

Many students who enter this major have studied Latin in high school, but this is not always (and certainly does not have to be!) the case. The undergraduate adviser can help you plan an approach that involves beginning both your Latin and your Greek at CUA.

Recommended sequence of courses

Freshman year: LAT 103, 104 (or LAT 101, 102 if needed); GR 101, 102
Sophomore year: LAT 411 (or LAT 103, 104 if not previously); GR 103, 104; CLAS 205, 206
Junior year: Two Latin electives; GR or LAT 411 (if not previously); two Greek electives; CLAS 317, 318
Senior year: LAT 465; GR 465; GR or LAT 411 (if not previously); one Latin or Greek elective; CLAS 425-426

List of Courses Required for the Major in Classics

  • LAT 103
  • LAT 104
  • LAT 411
  • LAT 465
  • LAT elective
  • LAT elective
  • GR 103
  • GR 104
  • GR 411
  • GR 465
  • GR elective
  • GR elective
  • LAT or GR elective
  • CLAS 425 (1 cr)
  • CLAS 426 (2 cr)
  • CLAS 205 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)
  • CLAS 206 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)
  • CLAS 317 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)
  • CLAS 318 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)

+ Passing grade on senior project

BA in Classical Humanities

This program requires competence in one ancient language and in selected areas of classical civilization, as well as the completion of a senior project. Students planning to pursue careers as high school teachers may wish to combine the Latin option in this program with a minor in secondary education, available through CUA's Department of Education.

Greek Option

Recommended sequence of courses

Freshman year: GR 101, 102 (prerequisites); CLAS 205, 206
Sophomore year: GR 103, 104; CLAS 313
Junior year: GR 465, 411; CLAS 317, 318
Senior year: Two Greek electives; CLAS 425-426

Distributed throughout: Four electives approved by the undergraduate adviser, which may include LAT 101-104 or form a cognate field

List of Courses Required for the Major in ClassicAL humanities (greek Option)

  • GR 103
  • GR 104
  • GR 411
  • GR 465
  • GR elective
  • GR elective
  • CLAS 313
  • CLAS 317
  • CLAS 318
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • CLAS 425 (1 cr)
  • CLAS 426 (2 cr)
     
  • CLAS 205 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)
  • CLAS 206 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements) 

+ Passing grade on senior project

Latin Option

Recommended sequence of courses

Freshman year: LAT 101, 102 (prerequisite); CLAS 205, 206
Sophomore year: LAT 103, 104 if not previously); CLAS 312
Junior year: LAT 465, 411; CLAS 317, 318
Senior year: Two Latin electives; CLAS 425-426

Distributed throughout: Four electives approved by the undergraduate adviser, which may include GR 101-104 or form a cognate field

List of Courses Required for the Major in ClassicAL humanities (latin Option)

  • LAT 103
  • LAT 104
  • LAT 411
  • LAT 465
  • LAT elective
  • LAT elective
  • CLAS 312
  • CLAS 317
  • CLAS 318
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • CLAS 425 (1 cr)
  • CLAS 426 (2 cr)
     
  • CLAS 205 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements)
  • CLAS 206 (listed under Social Science distribution requirements) 

+ Passing grade on senior project

BA in Classical Civilization

This interdisciplinary program allows non-language majors the opportunity to pursue the study of classical civilization. Students take core courses in Greek and Roman literature in translation, ancient history, art history, and mythology, and relevant electives in the Department of Greek and Latin and in other departments and schools of the University. They may take courses in Greek or Latin language, although these are not required. The major in Classical Civilization also requires the completion of a senior project.

Recommended sequence of courses

Freshman year: CLAS 211, 205, 206
Sophomore year: CLAS 317, 318
Junior year: CLAS 312, 313; two Classics electives
Senior year: two Classics electives; CLAS 425-426

List of Courses Required for the Major in ClassicAL civilization

  • CLAS 205
  • CLAS 206
  • CLAS 211
  • CLAS 312
  • CLAS 313
  • CLAS 317
  • CLAS 318
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • Approved elective
  • CLAS 425 (1 cr)
  • CLAS 426 (2 cr) 

+ Passing grade on senior project

* Up to three of the four "approved electives" in this degree program may be GR or LAT courses beyond 102.