What will I learn?

Classics is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Students may focus on the classics language track or the classical civilization track. Besides the sequences in the Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit languages, the department offers courses in Greek and Roman history, linguistics, literature (including comparative literature), mythology, philosophy, and social history.

The classics language track requires study of texts in the original languages while the classical civilization track makes use of these same texts in English translations. Both classics tracks qualify graduates for appropriate careers in teaching and library work but can also be used as preparation for non-classical academic and professional disciplines such as business, law, and medicine. The study of classics underlies any understanding of Western civilization. The field includes important literary and philosophical figures such as Homer, Plato, and Vergil; also, it provides a background for the study of Romance and other languages and assists in the proper use of English.

The general rules and requirements for the classics major, regardless of the track chosen, are as follows:

The classics major require a minimum of 30 credits with an overall 2.00 QPA in courses counting toward the major. A maximum of two courses may be taken towards the language track major under the S/N option. Students in the civilization track major may take a maximum of four courses under the S/N option.

Except for placement by examination in the language sequences, credit by examination is generally not granted, but the department will consider students with special circumstances.

Students may either enroll in one of the W-courses offered by the department or arrange with the instructor of an upper-level course for the addition of one credit of writing practicum.

For the CAS-required related area, the classics department recommends other departments' courses in ancient Greek and Roman archaeology and art, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, and science.

Which department am I in?

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$31,102.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 August 2019

Venue

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

917 Cathedral of Learning,

PITTSBURGH,

Pennsylvania,

15260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

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For international students

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