Bachelor of Arts, World and Classical Languages and Cultures

A mural depicting St. Gregory the Great

Why Classics?

Students who major in classics study the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in a way that combines literature, history, art, archaeology, religion, and philosophy.

“We can’t overestimate the value of a Classics major,” The Princeton Review said. “According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. … Furthermore, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. …. Classics majors also consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates,” according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

What skills does a classics major provide?

Classics majors end up in a variety of positions, due to the skills their discipline provides.

  • Assessing and finding information
  • Applying theoretical approaches to problems
  • Avoiding simplistic conclusions
  • Perceiving patterns and structures
  • Reading critically
  • Thinking independently
  • Language skills including writing
  • Conveying complex information


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There are two more areas of concentration for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics: the Latin and Greek concentration; and the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew Concentration. The Suggested Sequence of Courses for these concentrations can be found on pages 102–103 of the Catalog.

Freshman Year

ENGL-1000English Composition3
LATIN-1000Latin I4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
GNST-1750Great Books: Ancient World3
One Foundations Course3-4
GNST-1000Benedictine Experience1
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
LATIN-1020Latin II4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
EXSCFitness Course1
Two Foundations Courses6-7
Elective or Foundation3

Student should select courses from the following Foundations during the freshman and sophomore years:

  • Historical Inquiry (1 course)
  • Natural World (1 course with or without lab)
  • Person and Community (1 course; recommended freshman year)
  • Faith (1 course; recommended sophomore or junior year)
  • Mathematical Reasoning (1 course)

Sophomore Year

LATN-3110 or LATN-3120Latin Prose I or II3
GREK-1000Greek or Natural World Foundation3-4
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
Electives or Foundation6
LATN-4110 or LATN-4120Latin Poetrs I or II3
GREK-1020Greek or Elective3-4
Faith Foundation3
Electives or Foundation6

Junior Year

LATN-3110 or LATN-3120Lation Prose I or II3
GREK-1000Greek or Natural World Foundation3-4
-Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
-Electives or Foundation6
LATN-4110 or LATN-4120Lation Poets I or II3
GREK-1020Greek or Elective3-4
Faith Foundation3
Electives or Foundation6

Senior Year

LATN-4590Directed Readings I3
Mathematical Reasoning Course3
LATN-4600Directed Readings II3
CLSC-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr

* Latin Prose and Latin Poets are offered in a rotation and can be taken in either order, one is not a prerequisite of the other. Also, GREK-1000 and GREK-1020 are offered every other year, which explains why the suggested sequences for Sophomore and Junior years are similar.