Greek, Latin, and Classical Civ Majors

Note: We offer sections 1 through 3 of both Greek and Latin every term.

Language Majors and Minors

Civilization Majors and Minors

Classics Major

30 credits, or 10 courses, are required to complete a major in Classics.

  • 15 credits – 5 courses in either Greek or Latin—3rd semester level (200XX) and above
  • 6 credits – 2 courses in non-primary language (Greek or Latin)
  • 3 credits – 1 course in Greek or Roman history
  • 6 credits – 2 Classics courses in English

Students will typically choose one of the two classical languages, ancient Greek or Latin, in which to fulfill the language requirement at the advanced level.  They are required to take at least two semesters in the other language at the appropriate level. 

If a student has sufficient background in both languages, he or she can complete the requirements of the major through a combination of intermediate and advanced courses in both languages, as long as the total number of language courses equals 7 (21 credit hours) for the 1st major and 5 (15 credit hours) for the supplementary major.

Classics Supplementary Major

24 credits, or 8 courses, are required to complete a supplementary major in Classics.

  • 15 credits – 5 courses in either Greek or Latin—3rd semester level (200XX) and above
  • 3 credits – 1 course in Greek or Roman History
  • 6 credits – 2 Classics courses in English
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Latin Minor

The Latin minor is designed to guarantee a solid grounding in the philosophical and literary study of Latin texts of the classical period, or, for those who prefer, of Christian Latin literature.

15 credits, or 5 courses, at the Intermediate level (200XX) or higher are required to complete a minor in Latin.

Students interested in later Latin texts are directed to the joint offerings of the Department of Classics and the Medieval Institute.

Greek Minor

The minor in Greek is designed to guarantee a solid grounding in the philological and literary study of Greek texts of the classical and Hellenistic periods.

15 credits, or 5 courses, at the Intermediate level (200XX) or higher are required to complete a minor in Greek.

Greek and Roman Civilization Major

30 credits, or 10 courses, are required to complete a major in Classical Civilization.

  • 3 credits – 1 course in History of Ancient Greece
  • 3 credits – 1 course in History of Ancient Rome
  • 3 credits – 1 course in ancient archaeology
  • 3 credits – 1 course in ancient literature
  • 18 credits – 6 Classics courses in English or Greek and Latin language offerings

Students will be strongly encouraged, but not required, to include some language study in their 6 elective courses.

Greek and Roman Civilization Supplementary Major

24 credits, or 8 courses, are required to complete a supplementary major in Classical Civilization.

  • 3 credits – 1 course in History of Ancient Greece
  • 3 credits – 1 course in History of Ancient Rome
  • 3 credits – 1 course in ancient archaeology
  • 3 credits – 1 course in ancient literature
  • 12 credits – 4 Classics courses in English or Greek and Latin language offerings

Classical Civilization Minor

Classical Civilization Minor is designed to provide a broadly based orientation to the history and civilization of the classical world.

The three specifically required courses supply the needed framework of study of history and religious thought. Students are encouraged to select the other two courses of the minor from other fields or approaches to classical culture: Philosophy, art and architecture, archaeology, political theory, or Greek or Latin language above the introductory level.

15 credits, or 5 courses, are required to complete a minor in Classical Civilization.

  • 3 credits – 1 course in Greek History
  • 3 credits – 1 course in Roman History
  • 3 credits – 1 course in ancient archaeology
  • 6 credits – 2 courses chosen either from Classics courses, whether offered by the Department of Classics, cross-listed courses offered by other programs, or Greek or Latin language courses.

Literature in Translation Minor

The minor in Classical Literature in Translation is designed to provide a broad experience of Greek and Latin literature studied in English translation.

The three specifically required courses offer surveys of the principal Greek and Latin classics and a study of the mythology that is needed for the sophisticated understanding both of classical texts and of literatures influenced by them. These are to be supplemented by courses selected from the classics-in-translation courses offered regularly by the Department of Classics and cross-listed courses devoted to the study of the classical tradition in later literatures, or by courses in Greek or Latin language and literature above the introductory level.

15 credits, or five courses, are required to complete the minor in Classical Literature in Translation.

  • 3 credits – 1 course in Greek Literature
  • 3 credits – 1 course in Roman Literature
  • 3 credits – 1 course in Greek and Roman Mythology
  • 6 credits – 2 electives chosen, subject to departmental approval, either from Classics courses (whether offered by the Department or cross-listed courses offered by other programs) or from Greek or Latin language courses.

Undergraduate

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Classicists Spend Summer Abroad

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Classics Major Tori Roeck

Tori Roeck, a senior Classics major has been selected to present her thesis at the Sunoikisis Research Symposium next month. Read More

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Brian Credo Named CSLC Spotlight

Classics Major finds the Perfect Beat for Success at Notre Dame

Brian Credo was recently named the February Center for the Study of Languages and Culture Spotlight. To read about all that Brian does, from drumming at mass, to presenting at talks to studying in Rome, please check out the article. Read More

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Tori Roeck

Classics Major

From Epic Literature to Epic Travels, Tori has had a legendary experience majoring in Classics Read More

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Summer Conference at the new Notre Dame Rome center

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The first conference in the new Notre Dame Rome center will be a lecture given by Notre Dame's own Sarah Murray on Augustan Text and Monument. Read More

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Michael Kipp

Classics Major

Studying Classics, like traveling abroad, lends new perspective to the way you view your native culture. As a Classics major at Notre Dame, I’ve had the privilege of participating in both of those enlightening endeavors. Read More

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Arabic Culture Night 2012

A Night of Singing, Dancing, and Enjoying all things Arabic

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Congratulations to the Classics and Arabic Senior Theses Writers

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Discovering Butrint

Archaeological Opportunities for Notre Dame Students

Notre Dame is proudly partnered with the Albanian Institute of Archaeology in their excavations of Butrint. Every Summer, Notre Dame students are allowed to join Professor Hernandez in uncovering the mysteries of Butrint Read More

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Nancy Joyce

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Nancy has been elected the vice-president of the student body. She will also serve as vice-president for the Arabic club and student editor-in-chief for Bil'arabi Read More

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Ever gotten quizzical looks when you tell people you're a Classics major? Or have people caution you that you won't find a job? Katharine Brooks' recent article reveals the extreme benefits Classics majors receive in future endeavors, whether those be graduate, medical, legal or business school. Majoring in Classics may just be the best kept secret to success. Read More

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Tracy Jennings

Alumna

I did not come to Notre Dame intending to major in Classics, yet the decision to do so was one of the most formative choices in my life.  The opportunities provided by this department are outstanding. Read More

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Edward Larkin

2011 Valedictorian

Studying the Classics at Notre Dame has been a singular experience. The granular detail of the coursework; the challenge involved in reconstructing the ancient world; the enormous pleasure inherent in studying such vibrant and fabulous cultures -- it has been an incredible four years of study. Read More

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Michael Wagner

Alumnus

Studying in city of Classical importance – such as Rome, Athens, or Cairo – is absolutely essential for a Classics major at Notre Dame or any other university. It brings the history to life and it is essential to gaining a full appreciation for Classical Studies. As a student and as a person, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Read More

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Ghada Bualuan

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Michael Mercurio

Alumnus

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Mary Claire O'Donnell

Alumna

I truly believe that my study of ancient cultures enhances my understanding of modern culture.  My study of Classics here allows me to view the world in a new, more fulfilling way. Read More