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Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary major, with specializations in ancient language, classical civilization, and teacher certification that offer students instruction in the history, literature, and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. These three specializations require proficiency in Latin or ancient Greek. A fourth specialization in modern Greek offers students instruction in the language, literature, and culture of modern Greece and requires proficiency in modern Greek.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Classics offers an interdisciplinary Classical Studies major, with specializations in ancient language, classical civilization, and teacher certification that offer students instruction in the history, literature, and culture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. These three specializations require proficiency in Latin or ancient Greek. A fourth specialization in modern Greek offers students instruction in the language, literature, and culture of modern Greece and requires proficiency in modern Greek. The department also offers minors in Classical Studies and Greek Studies.
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Curriculum

Students who major in classical studies often pursue graduate studies in classical languages and literature, art history, ancient history, archaeology, comparative literature, and museum studies. Additional career opportunities are possible depending upon the specialization the student chooses. Small class sizes, emphasis on critical thinking and expression, and a faculty committed to involvement in lower-level undergraduate courses also make this major appealing to students who want excellent preparation for entry to professional schools (e.g., medicine or law).

Specializations

Ancient Language

The ancient language specialization is appropriate for students wishing to have direct contact with the literature and culture of the ancients, and for those who plan to do graduate study in Greek or Latin. Students interested in admission to competitive graduate programs need a minimum of three years of upper-division courses in ancient Greek or Latin and an additional year in the remaining language.

Classical Civilization

The classical civilization specialization is appropriate for those who desire a broad humanities background or are considering admission to graduate school in archaeology, ancient history or an unrelated field such as medicine or law. Students interested in admission to competitive graduate programs in archaeology or ancient history should consult the Department of Classics' undergraduate coordinator for information on specific requirements.

Modern Greek

The modern Greek specialization is appropriate for students wishing to have direct contact with the language, literature, and culture of modern Greece and a closer acquaintance with ancient and medieval Greek civilization. Students study in greater detail the numerous communities of the diaspora, which includes the large and flourishing Greek-American communities of Florida, their history and contemporary culture. By learning a modern European language, students can work in translation, education, services, tourism, the entertainment industry, and political or financial institutions with ties to Greece or Cyprus.

Teacher Certification

Students who want to be high-school Latin teachers should follow the teacher certification specialization. Students who pursue the Florida Teaching minor have the coursework and preparation for professional teacher certification in Florida when they graduate. Alternatively, students can consider a minor in educational studies that would be beneficial if applying to the ProTeach program. Students should consult the College of Education for more information.

Coursework for the Major

Students must complete 21-30 credits of coursework for the classical studies major; the total is dependent upon the specialization. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in a course for it to be applied to the major; no S/U courses can be applied. The Department of Classics requires that a minimum 15 credits of major-related courses be completed at the University of Florida.

All classical studies majors are also required to demonstrate proficiency in Latin, ancient Greek, or modern Greek, depending on the specialization. Credits earned in language courses are not included in the 21-30 credits of coursework for the major.

Overseas Studies

Students may participate in summer, semester, or academic year programs in Italy and Greece. Competitive scholarships for study abroad are available. Students in the modern Greek specialization are encouraged to participate in programs in Greece or Cyprus supported with competitive scholarships by the Center for Greek Studies and other organizations in the United States, Greece, and the European Union.

Placement

Refer to Placement Testing and Evaluation for information on placement into Latin.

Teacher Certification

Required Coursework

Students in this specialization must demonstrate proficiency in Latin by fulfilling one of these four options:

  1. 10 credits of beginning Latin:
    Option 1 1
    LAT 1120Beginning Latin 14
    LAT 1101Beginning Latin 23
    LAT 1104Beginning Latin 33
    Option 2 1
    LAT 1130Accelerated Beginning Latin 15
    LAT 1131Accelerated Beginning Latin 25
    1

    Students with high school Latin complete the sequence based upon their score on the SAT II Latin test (or other placement mechanism).

  2. A score of 3 or above in one of the AP Latin exams (Latin Literature or Vergil).
  3. Completion of LNW 2630.
  4. A 3000-level course in the original Latin literature.

In addition to demonstrating proficiency in Latin, students must complete 30 credits of coursework for the major:

  • 24 credits of advanced Latin, including:
    • 9 credits in Latin vocabulary, grammar, and composition
    • 12 credits in Latin literature (not in translation)
    • 3 credits of CLA 4931
  • Two courses on the ancient Roman world (not in English translation) from the Department of Classics or from the departments of Anthropology, Art, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion. At least one of these must be 3000 level or above.
  • Students planning to earn a state of Florida Latin teaching certificate need to make certain which courses dealing with Rome are appropriate for this option.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • Complete one Latin or ancient Greek course 1
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete one additional Latin or ancient Greek course with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete two additional Latin or ancient Greek courses with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 3 of the remaining required courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 4 of the remaining required courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all of the remaining required courses
  • Complete CLA 4931 (Capstone)
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
1

Students with prior Greek or Latin and an SAT II Latin score of 540 or higher, a 3 or higher on the AP Latin exam or a 4 or higher on the IB exam will begin with more advanced courses. 

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). One of the two general education mathematics courses must be a pure math course.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Select one: 1 4-5
Beginning Latin 1 (Critical Tracking) 1
Accelerated Beginning Latin 1 (or higher if placed out by SAT II; Critical Tracking) 1
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
State Core Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
Select one: 1 3-5
Beginning Latin 2 (Critical Tracking) 1
Accelerated Beginning Latin 2 (Critical Tracking) 1
Elective if placed out by SAT II 1
Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences (area NOT taken in Semester 1) 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Semester Three
Select one: 1 3
Beginning Latin 3 1
Elective 1,2
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
Elective Latin course (Critical Tracking; 2000 level or higher vocabulary, grammar and composition) 3
Science Laboratory (Gen Ed Biological or Physical Sciences) 1
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Electives 6
 Credits13
Semester Five
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Electives for Florida Teaching minor (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Latin course (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or higher vocabulary, grammar and composition) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
Ancient Roman World course (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above) 3
Latin courses (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above vocabulary, grammar, and composition) 6
Electives for Florida Teaching minor (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Ancient Roman World course (Critical Tracking) 3
Latin literature courses (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above, not in translation) 9
Elective for Florida Teaching minor (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
CLA 4931 Classics Capstone Seminar (Critical Tracking) 3
Latin literature courses (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above, not in translation) 3
Elective for Florida Teaching minor (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective or honors thesis 3
Electives 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits120
1

Students with prior Greek or Latin and an SAT II Latin score of 540 or higher, a 3 or higher on the AP Latin exam or a 4 or higher on the IB exam will begin with more advanced courses.

2

If placed out by SAT II, or having taken LAT 1130, LAT 1131

3

One general education option taken this term must be a Quest 2 course.


The Bachelor of Arts in classical studies, with specializations in classical civilization, ancient language, teacher certification or modern Greek studies provides a strong foundation in the liberal arts through study of the language, literature, monuments and history of ancient Greece and Rome. Students will develop linguistic, critical thinking and writing skills while gaining knowledge of classical civilization. Students also will explore the connection between the ancient and modern worlds and discover the contributions of classical culture to western civilization.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Successfully complete a department capstone course for majors.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Translate passages of Latin, ancient Greek or Modern Greek literature into English.

Critical Thinking

  1. Recognize and explain the connection between the ancient and modern worlds and the contribution of Classical culture to Western civilization.

Communication

  1. Write competently in Latin, ancient Greek, or Modern Greek using correct grammar and vocabulary of one or more of these languages. For Modern Greek, speak and comprehend competently.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Classical Civilization

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
CLA 2100, CLA 2120, CLA 3114 I I
CLA 3111, CLA 3151, CLA 3430, CLA 3500, CLA 3501, CLA 3791, CLA 3793, CLA 3930 R R R
CLA 3160, CLA 3700 I
CLA 4173, CLA 4880 R
CLA 4931 Capstone A
CLT 2044 I I
CLT 3102, CLA 3230, CLA 3291, CLA 3340 R
CLT 3370, CLA 3371 I

Greek, Ancient

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
GRE 1120, GRE 1121 and GRE 1130, GRE 1131 I I
GRW 2200, GRW 2201, GRW 2250 R I R
GRW 3102, GRW 3300, GRW 3303, GRW 3501, GRW 4330, GRW 4340, GRW 4380, GRW 4700, GRW 4930 A R A

Greek, Modern

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
GRK 1120, GRK 1121 and GRK 1130, GRK 1131 I I
GRK 2200, GRK 2201 R I R
GRK 4300 A R A

Latin

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
LAT 1120, LAT 1101, LAT 1104 and LAT 1130, LAT 1131 I I
LNW 2321, LNW 2560, LNW 2630, LNW 2660 R I R
LNW 3220, LNW 3310, LNW 3320, LNW 3360, LNW 3380, LNW 3490, LNW 3644, LNW 3660, LNW 3930 A R A

Assessment Types

  • Translations
  • Group presentations
  • Research papers