The Major and Minor in Classics
Special Resources for the Classics Major
The James S. Constantine Library of Classical Studies, a reference and reading room for Classics graduate students, undergraduate majors, and faculty, is housed in the Department. All majors receive keys to the Library, which contains nearly three thousand texts, commentaries, and other reference books, as well as computers for general use. Thanks to donations from alumni and friends of the Department, the collection is kept up to date. There is 24-hour access to the Constantine Library.
The Classics Club is a University organization of students interested in classical antiquity. The Club sponsors social and academic events for the classical community.
Lectures: Majors and all students interested in the Classics are invited and welcome to the full program of lectures each year by prominent visiting faculty and by members of our own classical community. Such lectures are sponsored by the Departments of Classics, Art, History, and Philosophy.
E-Mail List: There is an e-mail list specifically for classics majors, and in this way majors are kept informed of lectures, special events, and job opportunities in many areas both in and outside of 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,
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.