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College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts
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Four Year Graduation Plan: 
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Program Description: 


Classics is a broadly based interdisciplinary field that encompasses the study of all facets of ancient Greek and Roman cultures, including language, literature, history, philosophy and religion as well as art and archaeology. The Department offers three majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree: Latin, Greek, and Classical Humanities—as well as a minor. A Classics major includes the study of the languages, literature, history, philosophy and religion as well as art and archaeology of Greece and Rome. Special opportunities to participate in archaeological projects are available. Broad learning coupled with careful methods of analysis are designed to provide both specialized training for those who wish to pursue a career in scholarship or high school teaching as well as a broad liberal education for those with more general interests.

The Greek Major consists of 24 hours of Greek, plus 9 hours of Latin or Classical Humanities, and the Senior Seminar, CLS 4100.
The Latin major consists of 24 hours of Latin, plus 9 hours of Greek or Classical Humanities, and the Senior Seminar. CLS 4100.
The Classical Humanities major consists of 15 hours of Greek or Latin, 18 hours of Classical Humanities, and the Senior Seminar, CLS 4100.

Students with previous language instruction may place into advanced language courses by test.

It is not uncommon for students to double major in a more technical field, such as Computer Science. It is also a good choice for those pursuing a Pre-Law or Pre-Med track. Classics majors have successfully pursued careers in Education, Government Service, Business, Law, Medicine, and Religion—among others

Early consultation with the Department of Classics is important for students who wish to teach Latin or Greek in secondary schools. They will also need to consult with the College of Education and Human Services for professional licensure requirements.

Classics Honors Program

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or better in Classics substitute an Honors project for the Senior Seminar. An Honors project involves independent study with a faculty mentor. It will usually extend over two consecutive terms and earn six hours of credit upon its successful completion. The project will normally culminate in the writing of a major research paper (25-30 pages) or a series of related shorter papers during the second term and an oral defense of the project with the Department faculty.

Minor in Classical Humanities

The department also offers a minor in Classical Humanities. The minor is an appropriate second field for many students. The minor requires a total of 21 hours, with a minimum of 9 hours in the Greek or Latin language and a minimum of 12 hours in classical humanities courses, including CLS 1500 and 3 CLS electives.

Program Requirements: 


I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3
Element 3: Global Traditions 6
Element 4: Arts and Humanities 3
Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8
Additional Core Courses 6
II. Departmental Requirements 36
Greek or Latin Language 15
Classical Humanities Electives 18
CLS 4100 3
III. Related Requirements  
IV. College Requirements 6

Foreign Language

Filled by major requirement

Methods of Inquiry  

Quantitative Methods

One Course from:

COM 4490, MUS 4140, PLS 2100, SW 2910, SOC 3400, URS 4980, SOC 3410, MS 2040


Qualitative Methods

One Course from:

PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230, PHL 4710, PHL 4720

V. Electives 44
Total 124