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 Humanities major allows students to take a wide range of courses. Students are required to take a minimum of 5 semesters of a Classical Language, typically Latin, 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 teaching Latin, the Classical Humanities major prepares them to enroll in the Latin Licensure program, which the Classics 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.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Be effective writers
- Acquire knowledge of diverse religious traditions
- Acquire knowledge of diverse religious practices in historical context
- 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.
Minor in Classical Humanities
As a study of the origins of Western civilization, a minor in Classical Humanities is a fitting complement to any Liberal Arts discipline. The Classical Humanities minor combines language study, either Latin or Greek, with topical classes in the history, literature, religion, and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome.