Classics is the study of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Both cultures have had a profound influence on life in the western world, especially in the areas of language and literature, art and architecture, politics and religion, science and philosophy. The Classics department at Wright State offers classes in most of these areas.
The Classical Languages and Cultures major allows students to take a wide range of courses. Students are required to take a minimum of 5 semesters of a Classical language, either Latin or Greek, and are encouraged to take a second Classical language as an elective. Additional electives cover courses in a diverse range of subjects relating to the study of the Classical world.
For students interested in intensive study of a Classical language, the department offers a BA in Latin and a BA in Greek. Students interested in teaching Latin enroll in the Latin Licensure program, which the department offers in conjunction with Wright State’s College of Education and Human Services.
Students with previous language instruction in Latin or classical Greek may place into advanced language courses by test.
Students must have met College of Liberal Arts admission requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Be effective writers
- Acquire knowledge of the history, literature, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome
- Have a reading knowledge of Greek and/or Latin
- Have strong critical thinking skills
Classics Honors Program
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Classics may substitute an Honors Project for CLS 4100. 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 culminates in the writing of a major research paper (25-30 pages) during the second term and an oral defense of the project with the Department faculty.
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