Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

Undergraduate Programs

A major in Classical Studies — Classical Civilization, Latin, or ancient Greek — 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.

In addition to the senior-year capstone course, Humanism of Classical Antiquity, all majors (Classical Civilization, Latin, or ancient Greek) must complete a portfolio that highlights their best work and reflects upon their growth in the program. Contact Dr. Mannering, Undergraduate Programs Director, for more information. 

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

Associated interdisciplinary programs:

For more information, please contact us.

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

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 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 16 August 2017 by lgawlinski@luc.edu.