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. If you do not plan to study on the CUA Rome Program, you should also consider, which is required for your degree. If you are in the Honors program and intend to complete the Humanities Honors track, Jesus to Muhammad (HSHU 101).  

1st 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 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.

After your first year, you will be ready to make more choices about how to combine other courses at CUA with those from our own department in order to personalize your course of studies. We recommend that our students consider completing a minor or two as a complement to their major. You might think about a minor from this list of minors and make that the area in which you take some of your other courses. Some common minors for classics majors in recent years have included philosophy, theology and religious studies, history, anthropology, art history, and modern foreign languages; however, students have also minored in music, achieved the medieval studies concentration, and completed the pre-medical course sequence. The minor in secondary education is also available to those who are interested in high school teaching.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.