2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Classical Languages and Cultures, BA

Program Description

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 faculty 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 B.A. in Latin and a B.A. 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 Health, Education, and Human Services.

Students with previous language instruction in Latin or classical Greek may place into advanced language courses by test.

Admission Requirements

  • Currently admitted to Wright State University

Program Learning Objectives

Students enrolled in the Classical Languages and Cultures program will learn to:

  • Acquire effective writing and communication skills
  • Acquire strong critical thinking skills
  • Acquire a reading knowledge of Classical Greek and/or Latin
  • Appreciate the diverse worldviews, history, and literature, of ancient Greece and Rome

Program Learning Outcomes

As a result of their learning experience, graduates of the Classical Languages and Cultures program can:

  • Demonstrate effective writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate a reading knowledge of Classical Greek and/or Latin
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the diverse worldviews, history, and literature, of ancient Greece and Rome

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 program faculty.

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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


II. Major Requirements: 36 Hours

  • Greek or Latin Language Credit Hour(s): 15
  • Classics or Greek or Latin Electives Credit Hour(s): 18
  • Note: One 3-credit upper level PHL or REL course may be substituted for 3 elective credit hours.
  • Credit Hour(s): 3

III. College Requirements: 6 Hours

Foreign Language

Filled by major requirement.

Methods of Inquiry

IV. Electives: 40 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.