Why study classics?

Because knowledge of Greek and Roman antiquity is fundamental to understanding the ancient and modern world.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Classics Majors

The Department of Classics offers 2 majors. Both provide students of diverse career goals a broad humane education and afford a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue graduate work in classics. The Classical Antiquity major provides inclusive, interdisciplinary training in ancient Greek and Roman cultures and prepares you for graduate study in ancient archaeology, art, or history. The Classical Languages major trains you to read the great authors of classical antiquity (e.g., Homer, Plato, Vergil, Sappho, Saint Augustine) in the original language and prepares you for graduate study in classics and for teaching in some private schools.

You might also combine your classical language interest with a degree in the School of Education. A degree in education with a Latin major allows you to teach Latin in public high schools.

First- and Second-Year Preparation

Potential classics majors should keep in mind that proficiency in Greek or Latin is required for either major; they need to enroll in GRK 104 or LAT 104 or their equivalents as early as possible. For students with no former training, proficiency takes 4 semesters; Classical Languages majors need additional language courses. Other courses to consider taking during the first or second year include CLSX 148, CLSX 151, CLSX 230, CLSX 240, CLSX 317, or the honors versions of those courses. As soon as the student decides that classics is a possible major, he or she should talk to an undergraduate advisor in classics.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major: Classical Antiquity

The Classical Antiquity major consists of 30 hours of work in Classics and related courses, in addition to the coursework in Latin and/or Greek required for the major. The major is designed to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of ancient Greek and Roman cultures while maximizing student flexibility.

Of the 30 hours that constitute the major, 15 must be in the Classics Department, i.e., CLSX, GRK, and LAT courses; and 15 must be junior/senior hours, i.e., at the 300 level or above. This major has two tracks: Classical Humanities, and Classical Art and Archaeology. Coursework in Latin and or Greek required for the major: 4-semester proficiency in Latin or ancient Greek, or four semesters combined Greek and/or Latin, or the equivalent.

Major Requirements

Track 1 - Classical Archaeology (30)
15 hours from list A15
6 hours from list B6
9 hours from list C9
Track 2 - Classical Humanities (30)
15 hours from list B15
6 hours from list A6
9 hours from list C9
List A - Classical Archaeology (0)
Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Introduction to Classical Archaeology, Honors
Greek and Roman Art
Aegean Archaeology and Art
Greek Archaeology and Art
Roman Archaeology and Art
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: _____ 1
Biography of a City: _____
Archaeological Myths and Realities
Summer Archaeological Field Work
Training in Archaeological Field Work
List B - Classical Humanities (3)
Greek and Roman Mythology
Greek and Roman Mythology Honors
Greek Literature and Civilization
Greek Literature and Civilization, Honors
Roman Literature and Civilization
Roman Literature and Civilization, Honors
Ethics in Greek Tragedy
Poetry and Politics in Fifth-Century Athens
Topics in Greek and Roman Literature: _____ 1
LAT/GRK courses beyond those used to satisfy the requirement
Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory
Ancient Philosophy
Early Greek Philosophy
The Philosophy of Plato
The Philosophy of Aristotle
Hellenistic Philosophy
HUM 304World Literature I3
List C - Electives (0)
Greek Rhetoric in Theory and Practice
Roman Oratory in Theory and Practice
Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in English
Scientific Word Power: Greek and Latin Elements in the Vocabulary of Science
Modern Themes, Ancient Models: _____
Gender and Sexuality, Ancient and Modern
Studies in: _____
Honors Essay in Classical Antiquity
Development of Ancient Greece, ca. 1000-300 B.C.
Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture
Gender and Sexuality in Roman Culture
Capstone in Classics
Study Abroad Topics in Greek and Roman Culture: _____
Readings in: _____ 1
Studies in: _____
Introduction to Archaeology
The Rise of Civilization
Archaeological Ceramics
Roman Military History
Roman Republic
Early Roman Empire
Late Roman Empire (284-527)
Introductory Linguistics
Jews and Christians
Jewish History and Literature in the Greek and Roman Periods
Ancient Mesopotamian Culture and Religion
Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine
Any course from List A or B beyond those used to fulfill the requirement.
 
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Only 6 hours each of CLSX 575, CLSX 576, and CLSX 577 may count toward the major.

Students wishing to use their LAT or GRK to satisfy the university’s language requirement must do four semesters of the same language.

Classical Antiquity Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA in Classical Antiquity can be found here: Classical Antiquity, or by using the left-side navigation.

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS in Classical Antiquity can by found by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

A candidate for honors must meet all the general requirements for graduation with honors established by the College. The independent research requirement is met by successful completion of Honors Essay: CLSX 496, GRK 496, or LAT 496. This is normally in the spring semester of the senior year. This enrollment substitutes for one of the optional major courses, whether central or peripheral.

Study Abroad

The department offers study abroad opportunities in Greece and Italy. All students may apply to attend these summer programs, and classics majors are especially encouraged to enroll. Courses offered vary from year to year; consult the Office of Study Abroad or advisors in the Department of Classics.

For scholarships, students should apply to Study Abroad as well as to the department. The department also offers advice to students interested in non-KU programs or in summer internships at archaeological sites.