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Programs in Classical Studies


Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France

Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France

Classics at BU involves in-depth study of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean worlds under faculty as expert in their respective fields as they are dedicated to their teaching. We work closely and intensively with students not simply on their language skills (ancient Greek and Latin, all levels) but on the cultures that used them and spread them from Scotland to Egypt, from present-day Morocco to the Persian Gulf. We also work closely with students to advise them how best to leverage a degree in Classical Studies toward a rewarding career.

Our courses run from two-semester elementary language course to advanced language and literature courses to a variety of courses in culture and civilization and at a variety of levels. All our instruction is done by highly qualified professors, in classes where each student's learning needs and capacities receive focused attention. Each instructor also covers survey courses designed to serve a broad range of students, including those who are not Classics majors.

Major Tracks

Classics, Greek and Latin is designed to provide thorough and rigorous training in ancient Greek and Latin, the principal languages and literatures of the ancient Mediterranean world and beyond. Our majors have found doors opening for them in a variety of fields: teaching, scholarship (including PhD work in Classics, archaeology, etc.), careers of all sorts. Specializing in one of the two languages, ancient Greek or Latin, students enrolled in this major take at least four semesters in that language plus at least two semesters of study in the other. Their program is rounded out with coursework in ancient civilization, history, culture, and so on; see the University Bulletin for details.

See also our dedicated Greek and Latin pages,

Pont du Gard, Nîmes, France Pont du Gard, Nimes, France

Porch of the Maidens, Athens

Porch of the Maidens, Athens

Classical Civilization is a flexible program, putting together studies of Greek, Roman, and Mediterranean history, culture and literature from various departments and including medieval and Near Eastern elements, without requiring Latin or Greek language study though we always encourage it. Visit the University Bulletin for more.

Latin is designed to provide thorough and rigorous training in ancient Latin. Majors may leverage the training this major provides toward advancement in a variety of fields, including teaching. (Majors of ours have gained admission to Master of Arts in Teaching [MAT] programs in Latin.) Or the enrichment Latin majors gain can supplement training in other disciplines, including Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Either way, this major holds many possibilities for students.

Students majoring in Latin will take a minimum of five courses beyond the 102 level, one course in Roman History, plus additional courses in culture, civilization, and so on to round out their program; see the University Bulletin for details.

See also our dedicated Latin page.

Minor Tracks

We also offer three minor tracks: in Greek, in Latin, in Classical Civilization. See the University Bulletin for more information.

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Last Updated: 11/19/12