Classical studies is at the root of Ignatian education and provides the student with a truly liberal educational experience. The foundations of western civilization, philosophy, religion, art, and culture derive from the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Classical studies examines every area of society in some way and provides the framework and depth that students need to understand and evaluate the present. Whether studying the original languages of Latin or Greek, texts in translation, or the ancient arts and cultures, the student learns to interpret various types of texts and media and thereby develops the ability to understand and analyze the various modes of expression and communication from antiquity. Not only does work in classical studies foster reading and writing skills, but it also sharpens skills in critical thinking and critical analysis. Students will enhance their abilities to analyze complex developments and synthesize materials from numerous sources.
Classical Studies offers two degrees, one with a concentration in Language, the other in Classical Civilizations.
The Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, with a concentration in Language, consists of 36 credit hours of study. The student completes a minimum of 18 hours of study in either Latin or Greek; the remaining 18 hours consist of additional courses in Latin or Greek, or courses in classical humanities.
The Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, with a concentration in Classical Civilizations, consists of 33 credit hours of study. The student completes one course in each of the following areas of Classical Humanities: archaeology, history, literature and thought. The remaining credit hours consist of additional courses in Classical Humanities. Although courses in Latin or Greek are not required, students are encouraged to take at least 2 semesters at the introductory level.
Students in either degree are encouraged to take a minor in related areas like history, Medieval Studies, Philosophy or Religious Studies.
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A minor in Classical Studies consists of 24 hours of study. Twelve hours consist of study in either Latin or Greek and 12 hours of study in classical humanities.
Requirements for the Classical Studies Minor
* If you test out of A100 or A101, you may substitute Latin, Greek or classical humanities courses for these classes.