Classical Humanities majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Latin or Greek (based on placement)
  2. Ancient Roman Art and Architecture (CLAS 318) or, if you are in the Honors program and intend to complete the Humanities Honors track, Jesus to Muhammad (HSHU 101).
  3. A course of your choosing or another course in the major, by advisement

1 st Semester Courses

First-year courses for classical humanities majors focus on combining language development and culture courses. You will take an ancient language (Greek or Latin) during both semesters and you will start studying the ancient world through classes on mythology, history, art, and architecture. And your Learning Community course in philosophy, since it starts with the philosophical thought of ancient and early Christian world, will give you another perspective on the classical world.

Courses that teach Greek and Latin languages are labeled GR and LAT, respectively. The first four semesters of study are numbered 101-102 (the elementary or first year) and 103-104 (the intermediate or second year). If you took Latin in high school, you might start at the intermediate level (or even above it) at CUA if your placement exam suggests that that is what is right for you. Most new CUA classicists start their Greek at the 101 level.

Non-language classics courses are labeled "CLAS." For us, this means that these courses use readings only in English, with no Latin or Greek expected or required. These kinds of courses are open to students at all levels, even freshmen. To prepare for these classes, students usually complete homework in the form of readings in English, and then come to class to listen to lectures, view images, and participate in discussions about the material. Students in the University Honors Program could choose to take Jesus to Muhammad (HSHU 101) this fall instead of CLAS 317.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.