Classics 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 (based on placement)
  2. Greek (based on placement)
  3. A liberal arts foundations course; a course toward a minor, certificate, or other focus area; or a free elective. If you do not plan to study abroad in Rome, consider Roman Art and Architecture (CLAS 318). If you are in the Honors program and intend to complete the Humanities Honors track, consider Jesus to Muhammad (HSHU 101).  

About Your First Semester Courses

Classics majors will take both Latin and Greek. 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 level) and 103-104 (the intermediate level). If you took Latin in high school, you might start at the intermediate level (or even above it) at Catholic if your placement exam suggests that that is what is right for you. Most new Catholic University classicists start their Greek at the 101 level. You will automatically complete the university's language requirement as part of your major.

Non-language classics courses are labeled "CLAS." 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.

For your fifth course, you can choose what you like. You can take a liberal arts elective or a free elective course in a subject of your interest. Or, you may wish to begin study in a secondary subject area, perhaps for a minor or certificate. Common minors for classics majors in recent years have included philosophy, theology and religious studies, history, anthropology, art history, and modern foreign languages. Students have also minored in music, earned a certificate in Islamic World Studies, and and even completed a pre-med school course sequence. The minor in secondary education is also available to those who are interested in high school teaching.

To learn more about the Classics major, consult the Greek and Latin Department’s website.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.