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Major in Classics


Classics is the oldest and most durable form of area studies. Inherently interdisciplinary, it addresses a time span, pre-Greek to post-Roman, using the tools of the humanities and the social sciences to examine antiquity and to explore relationships between then and now. By better understanding the ancient Greeks and Romans, we can better understand ourselves. Visit our Facebook page to see recent photos and learn about upcoming events!

Beloit's Classics Department offers two majors: Classical Civilization and Classical Philology (which can focus on either Greek or Latin). In addition, the department offers a Classics minor. The two majors and the minor incorporate classical languages, literature, history, and culture.

The Majors

Students who choose to major in Classical Civilization must complete three semesters of introductory Greek or Latin, three courses in classical civilization and literature, and four supporting courses (three from outside the department). The civilization and literature classes cover such topics as Greek and Roman history; Greek and Roman art and archaeology; love and sexuality in the poetry of Sappho; Greek and Roman medicine; gender roles in ancient Greek tragedy; Ovid's Metamorphoses; and art and architecture at Pompeii. The supporting courses can come from several departments and include classical philosophy; anthropology and archaeology; and art history.

The Classical Philology major consists of two semesters of both introductory Greek and Latin, plus two additional years of either Greek or Latin (or a total of six semesters in the dominant language), two supporting courses from Classics, and two supporting courses from outside the department on such topics as archaeology, art history, and classical philosophy. Advanced Latin classes incorporate a wide range of authors, from Augustan poets Virgil and Ovid, to Silver Age authors Suetonius and Lucan, to medieval Christian writers. Similarly, advanced Greek classes concentrate on a variety of authors, from Homer, to Herodotus, to the tragedians.