The Major and Minor in Classics

The Department puts its primary emphasis on reading Greek and Latin literature in the original languages, and it offers courses in Greek and Latin from the elementary to the graduate level. This work is supplemented by courses taught in English on Greek and Roman civilization and on particular topics (e.g., Tragedy and Comedy, Greek Religion, Age of Augustus, Women and Gender, Mythology).

The Major in Greek

The requirements for the Major in Classics with a Greek concentration are 18 credits in Greek above the 1000-level; at least 6 credits in Latin; and 12 credits of related courses chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Six of these twelve hours of related courses must include HIEU 2031 (Greek History) and CLAS 2010 (Greek Civilization) or CLAS 2020 (Roman Civilization). Other related courses may be additional courses in Latin and Greek, or courses on classical antiquity in areas such as art, history, and religion.

The Major in Latin

The requirements for the Major in Classics with a Latin concentration are 18 credits in Latin above the 1000-level, including at least one course at the 4000-level (excluding LATI 4993) or above; at least 6 credits in Greek; and 12 credits of related courses chosen in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Six of these twelve hours of related courses must include HIEU 2041 (Roman History) and either CLAS 2010 (Greek Civilization) or CLAS 2020 (Roman Civilization). Other related courses may be additional courses in Latin and Greek, or courses on classical antiquity in areas such as art, history, and religion. Credits awarded for AP exams may not be counted toward the major.

The Distinguished Major in Classics

Classics majors with an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher may apply for the Distinguished Major Program. This involves two components: additional coursework (six credits at the 4000-level or above) and a research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty member during both semesters of the fourth year. Students interested in the Distinguished Majors Program should apply to the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the end of their sixth semester.

The Minor in Classics

The requirements for the Minor in Classics are 12 credits in Latin or Greek above the 1000-level. In addition, Greek and Latin concentrators take Greek (CLAS 2010) and Roman Civilization (CLAS 2020) respectively.  The minor must be declared by the 'add period' of the student's next-to-last (usually seventh) semester.

All courses for the major and minor must be taken at the University or an approved study-abroad program; AP credits cannot be counted toward the major or minor.

For further information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Classics, P.O. Box 400788, B018 Cocke Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4788, telephone 434-924-3008.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.