Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies


The Department of Classical Studies offers majors, minors and courses in three areas: Classical Civilization (CLCV major and minor, CLST course-prefix), Greek (GREK), and Latin (LATN). Greek and Latin courses above the 200-level can be the central part of earning the Classics bachelor's degree distinction. Many Latin, Greek, or Classical Studies courses can fulfill requirements in interdisciplinary programs, like the Rome Studies or Medieval Studies minors. Program requirements are described in brief on this page.

Courses in the ancient Greek and Latin languages are necessary for graduate studies in Classics and other fields that encompass the ancient Mediterranean world. They make an excellent way for students to acquaint themselves with ancient Greek and Roman culture first-hand. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences can use Greek or Latin to fulfill the College foreign language competency requirement

Classical Civilization courses use only texts that have been translated into English. They provide a comprehensive study of important topics in many disciplines of study. Popular courses include: Heroes and Classical Epics, Classical Tragedy, Classical Comedy and Satire, The World of Classical Rome, Classical Mythology, and Women in the Classical World.

Many Classical Civilization courses also help fulfill requirements of Loyola's Core Curriculum.

   Undergraduate programs

A major in Classical Studies — Classical Civilization, ancient Greek, or Latin — provides a well-rounded knowledge of Western culture and traditions. Classical Studies minors (also available in all three fields) can add vital depth to a student's liberal arts education. Both majors and minors are excellent preparations for pre-law or pre-medical programs, business, and other careers: Classical Studies students learn to apply their learning in cross-disciplinary, integrative ways that enable them to capitalize on multidimensional understanding of whole cultures. The breadth and liveliness of their learning and the strength of their grasp on it is an asset in every kind of endeavor.

Students who wish to pursue Classical Studies at the graduate level should major in Greek or Latin. We have an excellent record for placing our majors in highly ranked graduate programs nationwide.

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The Major and Minor in Classical Civilization

Subjects are offered in a wide variety, including Classical mythology, literature, art, archaeology, law, religion and gender studies. It is recommended (but not required) that students select courses for their major in Classical Civilization from each of the three disciplinary streams -- ancient literature and languages, art and archaeology, history and culture -- so as as to achieve breadth of experience with and comprehension of the different facets of ancient Greek and Roman civilization. Course materials for this major are presented in English, but students have the option of substituting up to four courses (12 credit-hours) of coursework in ancient Greek or Latin at any level. In all, the major requires a total of 30 credit hours: eight elective courses, plus a year-long senior capstone course, "The Humanism of Antiquity" (CLST 383, 384).

The minor in Classical Civilization requires 18 credit hours, which may include the year-long senior capstone at students' option. Students pursuing the minor also have the option of substituting up to four courses (12 credit hours) of coursework in ancient Greek or Latin at any level for coursework presented in English. As with the majors, breadth of disciplinary experience is recommended, but not required.

The Major and Minor in Greek

For a major in Greek, students must take eight courses beyond the elementary Greek sequence (101 and 102), reading ancient Greek literature in Greek. Options include courses on specific authors such as Euripides, Aristophanes and Homer, and on topics such as Greek oratory and historiography. In addition, majors must complete a 3-credit Greek composition course and take the year-long senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity." The major is thus a total of 33 credit hours.

The minor in Greek requires four courses at the 200-level or above, plus the first half of the senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity," a total of 15 credit hours.


The Major and Minor in Latin

For a major in Latin, students must take eight courses beyond the elementary Latin language sequence (101 and 102), reading Latin literature in Latin. Options include courses on specific authors such as Cicero, Horace, Virgil and Juvenal, and on topics such as "The Age of Nero" and Roman historiography. In addition, majors must complete a 3-credit Latin composition course and take the year-long senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity." The major is thus a total of 33 credit hours.

The minor in Latin requires four courses at the 200-level or above, plus the second half of the senior capstone, "The Humanism of Antiquity," a total of 15 credit hours.

The Minor in Rome Studies

 The interdisciplinary minor in Rome Studies encompasses its subject diachronically and synchronically. The city of Rome connects the ancient, mediaeval, and modern worlds of Europe; as a Mediterranean passageway, its geographical centrality provides the ground for the exchange of Eastern and Western influences on European thought and culture. The minor also follows the reach of the broader significance attached to 'Rome' in the field's synchronous focus. Latin courses at the 271 level and above and appropriate CLST courses are part of the Rome Studies minor.

The Minor in Medieval Studies

 Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of the history and culture of the Middle Ages, ca. 500 AD to ca. 1550 (including Late Antiquity, the Renaissance and the Reformation). It includes parts of three continents (Europe, western Asia and northern Africa) and can even touch on Central and South America. All Latin courses and above and appropriate CLST courses are part of the Medieval Studies minor.

The Minor in Shakespeare Studies

The Shakespeare Studies Minor will provide Loyola undergraduates with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in an interdisciplinary fashion. Drawing from six academic departments, Shakespeare is one of the primary filters through which we experience the classical and medieval worlds. He provides a crucible in which one can study Renaissance history, philosophy, arts and literature. To encounter Shakespeare is to encounter as far as it possible through a single figure, the breadth and scope of history, art, culture, and philosophy, making his work an ideal focal point for interdisciplinary spirit. Appropriate Latin, Greek, and CLST courses are part of the Shakespeare Studies minor.‌

The Minor in European Studies

‌European Studies explores the history, politics, economics, and cultures of the peoples of Europe from ancient times to the present. Student may choose certain CLST courses among the interdisciplinary offerings in the European Studies minor.

The Minor in Catholic Studies

Latin The Catholic studies minor allows students to explore the religious tradition that serves as Loyola’s foundation. True to its Jesuit background, Loyola is a home for all faiths, and students from all cultural and religious backgrounds are welcome to study Catholicism’s rich intellectual and artistic heritage. Selected Latin, Greek, and CLST courses are part of the Catholic Studies minor.

The Minor in Sociolegal Studies

The Sociolegal Studies minor in the College of Arts and Sciences provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law and society. Understanding law requires an understanding of the inter-connectedness of law in society. Understanding the opportunities and limitations for social justice requires an appreciation of the importance of law, the role of law in social change, and the capacity of law to reach into complex social relations and intervene in existing institutions. Several CLST courses are options in the Sociolegal Studies minor. ‌

Classics Bachelor's Degree Distinction

In keeping with Loyola's Jesuit tradition, the university offers a special degree-distinction. It can be earned in the context of any undergraduate program. Along with the program's requirements students must take four courses above the 100-series in Greek or Latin and demonstrate elementary-level competence in one other foreign language (Classical or not). This program supplies students with a degree curriculum that is closest in form to traditional Jesuit higher education. The notation "Classics" on students' transcripts also indicates a well-rounded education, giving students an advantage on the job market or with law, medical or graduate school admission boards.

   Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate gives students who have already earned a Bachelor's degree the opportunity to achieve the fluency in reading ancient Greek and Latin that graduate study requires. Post-Baccalaureate classwork extends their engagement with Classical texts and introduces research in the field. Students become able to clarify their professional goals while building the skills with which to pursue them.

This flexible program is designed to meet students at the level of proficiency with which they enter and bring them up to target.

For more information about the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies, please contact the Department of Classical Studies or request information from Loyola's Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management.

   Academic Integrity

Policy of the Department of Classical Studies concerning Academic Integrity

The policy of the Department of Classical Studies incorporates the Academic Integrity Statement of the College of Arts and Sciences. (Follow the link to consult this statement directly.) Learning is wholly personal: it only happens if you do it yourself.

Any practice of academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating, plagiarism, obstructing the work of other students) perpetrated in a Classical Studies course will result, at a minimum, in a grade of zero for every assignment in which the dishonesty was practiced. Instructors may impose penalties up to and including failure of the course. Hearing boards constituted by the chairman or the academic dean of the student's college may determine more serious penalties are also appropriate. Expulsion may be recommended if the seriousness of the misconduct warrants it. All instances of academic dishonesty must be reported by the instructor to the chairperson of the department involved, to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and to the academic dean of the college in which the student is registered. In the case of multiple instances of academic dishonesty, the academic dean of the student's college may convene a hearing board. Students have the right to appeal the decision of the hearing board to the academic dean of their college. The decision of the dean is final in all cases except expulsion. The sanction of expulsion for academic dishonesty may be imposed only by the Provost upon recommendation of a dean.

Students have a right to appeal any finding of academic dishonesty against them. The procedure for such an appeal can be found at www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_academicgrievance.shtml.

The College of Arts and Sciences maintains a permanent record of all instances of academic dishonesty. The information in that record is confidential. A student may, however, be asked to sign a waiver which releases that student’s record of dishonesty as a part of the student’s application to a graduate or professional school, to a potential employer, to a bar association, or to similar organizations.

Resources and Definitions

For basic principles and definitions of academic integrity, see the subsection on "Academic Integrity" in Loyola University Chicago's General Academic Standards and Regulations. As the College of Arts and Sciences states (see the link above; the next several paragraphs following here reproduce the same document), a basic mission of a university is to search for and to communicate the truth as it is honestly perceived. A genuine learning community cannot exist unless this demanding standard is a fundamental tenet of the intellectual life of the community. Students of Loyola University Chicago are expected to know, to respect, and to practice this standard of personal honesty.

Academic dishonesty can take several forms, including, but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, copying another student's work, and submitting false documents.

Academic cheating is a serious act that violates academic integrity. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, such acts as

  • Obtaining, distributing, or communicating examination materials prior to the scheduled examination without the consent of the teacher
  • Providing information to another student during an examination
  • Obtaining information from another student or any other person during an examination
  • Using any material or equipment during an examination without consent of the instructor, or in a manner which is not authorized by the instructor
  • Attempting to change answers after the examination has been submitted
  • Unauthorized collaboration, or the use in whole or part of another student’s work, on homework, lab reports, programming assignments, and any other course work which is completed outside of the classroom
  • Falsifying medical or other documents to petition for excused absences or extensions of deadlines
  • Any other action that, by omission or commission, compromises the integrity of the academic evaluation process

Plagiarism is a serious form of violation of the standards of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the appropriation of ideas, language, work, or intellectual property of another, either by intent or by negligence, without sufficient public acknowledgement and appropriate citation that the material is not one's own. It is true that every thought probably has been influenced to some degree by the thoughts and actions of others. Such influences can be thought of as affecting the ways we see things and express all thoughts. Plagiarism, however, involves the taking and use of specific words and ideas of others without proper acknowledgement of the sources, and includes the following

  • Submitting as one's own material copied from a published source, such as print, internet, CD-ROM, audio, video, etc.
  • Submitting as one's own another person's unpublished work or examination material
  • Allowing another or paying another to write or research a paper for one's own benefit
  • Purchasing, acquiring, and using for course credit a pre-written paper

The above list is in no way intended to be exhaustive. Students should be guided by the principle that it is of utmost importance to give proper recognition to all sources. To do so is both an act of personal, professional courtesy and of intellectual honesty. Any failure to do so,whether by intent or by neglect, whether by omission or commission, is an act of plagiarism. A more detailed description of this issue can be found at www.luc.edu/english/writing.shtml#source.

In addition, a student may not submit the same paper or other work for credit in two or more classes without the expressed prior permission of all instructors. A student who submits the same work for credit in two or more classes without the expressed prior permission of all instructors will be judged guilty of academic dishonesty, and will be subject to sanctions described below. This applies even if the student is enrolled in the classes during different semesters. If a student plans to submit work with similar or overlapping content for credit in two or more classes, the student should consult with all instructors prior to submission of the work to make certain that such submission will not violate this standard.

Many websites offer information and strategies by which you can keep yourself clear from plagiarism. For example: Loyola University Chicago Writing Program, Indiana University, Princeton University, and Purdue University (follow links at these sites for more useful suggestions).

The Council of Writing Program Administrators and OnlineEDUCATION.com offer additional comments and resources, including links, focused especially at helping instructors head off impulses to plagiarism and other forms of intellectual dishonesty in academic work.

   Events and Prizes

Every year the Department of Classical Studies sponsors various special events and two undergraduate prize competitions:

This page last updated 23 May 2017 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.