What will I learn?

Classics is the study of the ancient Mediterranean world, with a particular emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome. Greece and Rome have had a profound impact on our world, on areas ranging from art, drama, literature, and philosophy, to politics and sport. But in many ways Greece and Rome were also profoundly different from the contemporary world. Study in Classics thus both leaves students more knowledgeable about the origins of western culture and trains them to analyze very different cultures.

Classics is a strongly interdisciplinary field, and our flexible major specialization both gives students a broad foundation in the classical world and allows them to choose from a range of classes in art, language, literature, culture, politics, and history. Courses are taught not only by Classics faculty but by a range of cooperating faculty from other departments. The breadth and flexibility of our program enables many of our students to pursue another major in addition to Classics.

In addition to the major specialization in Classics, we offer minors in Classical Civilization and in Latin and Greek language. Study of Latin or Greek is not required for our major specialization, but is highly recommended, particularly for any students considering graduate work in Classics or a related field. Classes in Latin and Greek also satisfy the College of Liberal Arts foreign language requirement and the Core Curriculum humanities requirement. Many Classics students may also be interested in the department’s Mythology Minor or the interdisciplinary Ancient Practices Minor.

Employers and graduate schools view Classics as a rigorous major that trains students to analyze complex texts and works of art, and to communicate clearly in both oral and written form. The most common career paths for Classics graduates include teaching, law, and jobs in libraries and museums, but Classics graduates pursue a great variety of careers.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$26,000.00 (19,34,524) per year
Start date

Expected January, August, December 2022


College of Liberal Arts

Southern Illinois University,



62901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school or equivalent. Academic Requirements (grade point averages are on a 4.0 scale and are calculated by SIU): 26 credits or more at another college/university - submit college/university transcripts showing a GPA of 2.0 or greater on all coursework; 0-25 credits at another college/university - submit high school AND university/college transcripts showing 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 5 Passes on the GCE O or A level exams (under the Cambridge/ed excel model).

For international students

Students need to have Transcripts from high school and/or college. At SIU Carbondale, applicants for admission will be eligible for automatic admission if they are on track to complete our course pattern requirements and who meet one of the following criteria: A cumulative high school GPA of 2.75; A ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class.

English Language Requirement: Any one of the following methods will automatically meet the minimum English requirement. Applicants who do not meet the automatic English language admission requirement will undergo a holistic review to determine potential admissibility.

TOEFL (IBT internet-based test) - 68

TOEFL (paper based test) - 520

ITEP - 4.0 (academic plus only)

IELTS - 6.0

2 Face-to-face English composition classes taken in the U.S. at the college level with a grade of A or B

More than 48 college-level credit hours completed at a U.S. institution

If an applicant is from a country whose primary language is English

Graduation from a U.S. high school having spent the final 2 years in the U.S.

Meeting the SAT or ACT requirements for admission of domestic freshmen

Duolingo English Test (accepted during COVID-19 closures)- 95

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.