Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Interdisciplinary Program Minors

For the majors, minors, and degree distinction in the Department of Classical Studies:

In addition to the above programs housed in the Department of Classical Studies, we also participate in several associated interdisciplinary programs:


The Major in Italian Studies

The interdisciplinary major in Italian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a learning experience in the field of the humanities with a focus on broader cultural, historical, and societal contexts beyond language studies. Since antiquity, Italy has been a crossroad of civilizations connecting the ancient, medieval, and modern world of Europe. It continues to be an international cultural destination and a central passage in the Mediterranean connecting the Global North and South. For these reasons, while the mission of teaching and promoting the language and literature of Italy is at the core of our Program, the Italian Studies major extends its scope to include multiple interdisciplinary perspectives (Classics, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Global Studies, History, Philosophy, Theology, Music, and Sociology), placing the country, its language, and its peoples in a Mediterranean, European, and global contexts. Selected CLST courses are part of the Italian Studies major.

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. Appropriate Latin 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

LatinThe 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 Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies

The Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program serves students who wish to achieve a deeper understanding of the dynamics of conflict and aggression and the practices of peacemaking and reconciliation is the three spheres of international conflict, societal injustice, and ecological concerns. The program prepares students to see patterns in conflict and war-making and to develop a sensitivity to some of the best practices for conflict-management, negotiation, reconciliation, and peacemaking. Effective F24, CLST 281 will become a historical option in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict 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. ‌

This page last updated 19 July 2023 by jlong1@luc.edu.