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.

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.

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, 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 Languages

The Classical Languages major consists of 27 hours of work in classics and related courses, beyond these 4 preliminary requirements: LAT 104, LAT 108, GRK 104, and GRK 108 or their equivalents. Students who have already taken the equivalents of those courses proceed to the next level. Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the chair to substitute electives for one of the languages. This major requires at least 15 hours in language courses starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301, 3 hours in ancient art and archaeology, 3 hours in ancient history, and 6 hours in electives. Students aiming for graduate school in classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible—at the least, 3 years of one ancient language and 2 years of the other. Future graduate students should also consider double majoring in Classical Antiquity and Classical Languages.

Elementary Knowledge in Greek or Latin (20)
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major. Equivalent courses and retroactive credit count toward this requirement. Study of both languages is required, but students with particular career plans may obtain written permission from the chair to substitute electives for one of the languages.
Elementary Latin I. Satisfied by:
LAT 104Elementary Latin I5
or LAT 105 Elementary Latin I, Honors
Elementary Latin II. Satisfied by:
LAT 108Elementary Latin II5
or LAT 109 Elementary Latin II, Honors
Elementary Ancient Greek. Satisfied by:
GRK 104Elementary Ancient Greek5
or GRK 105 Elementary Ancient Greek, Honors
Ancient Greek Readings and Grammar. Satisfied by:
GRK 108Ancient Greek Readings and Grammar5
or GRK 109 Ancient Greek Readings and Grammar, Honors
Classical Languages Major Core Language Knowledge and Skills (15)
Majors must complete at least 15 hours in language courses, beyond the elementary level, starting with LAT 112/LAT 113 or GRK 301 or the equivalent.15
Students aiming for graduate school in classics should take as many semesters of Latin and Greek as possible, at the least 3 years of one ancient language and 2 years of the other.
Major Core Knowledge and Skills (6)
History. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Greek Literature and Civilization
Greek Literature and Civilization, Honors
Roman Literature and Civilization
Roman Literature and Civilization, Honors
Roman Military History
Development of Ancient Greece, ca. 1000-300 B.C.
Roman Republic
Early Roman Empire
Late Roman Empire (284-527)
Ancient Art & Archaeology. Satisfied by one of the following:3
Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Greek and Roman Art
Aegean Archaeology and Art
Greek Archaeology and Art
Roman Archaeology and Art
Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Near East
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Topics in the Archaeology and Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: _____
Classical Languages Major Required Electives (6)
Majors must complete 2 courses (6 hours) of electives. Elective courses may include any CLSX, Greek, or Latin courses and any course listed above (but not used to satisfy the requirement), and PHIL 384, PHIL 508, PHIL 605, PHIL 607, PHIL 608, HWC 304, HWC 390, ENGL 308 or other courses in allied fields as approved by the department chair. 6

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 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 Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior 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.

Major Junior/Senior Attempts
Summary includes Classical Languages junior/senior (300+) hours attempted, including F's and incompletes.

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

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS in Classical Languages 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 completed in the spring semester of the senior year, though some students complete it in the fall semester.  Students interested in honors in Classics should speak to an advisor in the junior year. This enrollment substitutes for one of the optional major courses, whether central or peripheral.

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.