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Classics Undergraduate Major & Minors

Classics majors and minors at Texas Tech acquire a broad understanding of the ancient Mediterranean and its inhabitants, specifically through the study of Greece and Rome. A classics major at Texas Tech chooses from three areas of emphasis: Greek, Latin or Culture Studies. Classics minors may minor in Greek, Latin or Culture Studies. Students should note that an emphasis/minor in Greek or Latin fulfills the College of Arts and Sciences language requirements for a Bachelor of Arts. 

Classics majors may take some courses in fulfillment of the major outside of the department with the approval of the Classics undergraduate advisor. Additionally, Classics majors are encouraged to explore minor areas in complementary subjects such as English, Philosophy, History, and Anthropology. 

For degree details, please see the TTU Course Catalog. For questions related to majors, minors, and course substitutions, as well as other inquiries, students should contact Dr. Sydnor Roy.

Classics Major

Classics with Latin Emphasis

The Languages & Cultures - Classics major in Latin consists of 10 courses for 32 hours of credit. Majors must complete the beginning sequence of Latin (finishing LAT 2302). CMLL 2305 is a required course for all areas. It is important to remember that Latin 1501 does not count toward the 32 credit hours needed for the Major. Students should also take CLAS 3330 World of Rome. Majors must complete at least 18 hours of the remaining course work at the 3000 or 4000 level from Greek, Latin or Classics courses. Finally, Majors must complete two writing intensive courses (usually CLAS 4300 and/or 4310). A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

The following schema represents a typical Classics-Latin course of study, however there are other courses available to choose from:

  • LAT 1502/1507
  • LAT 2301
  • LAT 2302
  • LAT 4300/4305
  • LAT 4300/4305
  • CLAS 2302
  • CLAS 2304
  • CLAS 3320
  • CLAS 3330
  • CLAS 4300/4310

Classics with Greek Emphasis

The Languages & Cultures - Classics major in Greek consists of 10 courses for 30 hours of credit. Majors must complete the beginning sequence of Greek (finishing LAT 2302). Students should also take CLAS 3320 World of Greece. CMLL 2305 is a required course for all areas. Majors must complete at least 18 hours of the remaining course work at the 3000 or 4000 level from the Greek, Latin or Classics courses. Finally, Majors must complete two writing intensive courses (usually CLAS 4300, CLAS 4310 and/or GRK 4302). A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

Students who enroll in the Greek Major are usually among the best and brightest Texas Tech undergraduates and usually go on to do advanced degrees. With that in mind, Greek Majors are encouraged to complete as much Latin in addition to the Greek requirements as their schedules allow. The undergraduate advisor will help tailor your degree plan of those who would like to continue their study of Classics in Texas Tech's MA program and beyond.

The following schema represents a typical Classics-Greek course of study, however there are other courses available to choose from:

  • GRK 1501
  • GRK 1502
  • GRK 2301
  • GRK 2302
  • CLAS 2304
  • GRK 4300
  • CLAS 2302
  • CLAS 3320
  • GRK 4300
  • CLAS 4300/4310

Classics with Culture Emphasis

The Languages & Cultures - Classics major in Culture consists of 10 courses for 30 hours of credit. Majors must complete at least 18 hours of the remaining course work at the 3000 or 4000 level from the Greek, Latin or Classics courses. CMLL 2305 is a required course for all areas. Finally, Majors must complete two writing intensive courses (usually CLAS 4300 and/or 4310).A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

Though it is not required that students in this track take an ancient language, it is often advantageous to do so since Latin language courses (except LAT 1501) and Greek courses count toward both the Major and the language requirement.

The following schema represents a typical Classics-Culture course of study, however there are other courses available to choose from:

  • CLAS 3302
  • CLAS 2303
  • CLAS 2304
  • CLAS 3304
  • CLAS 3320
  • CLAS 3330
  • CLAS 3340
  • CLAS 3350
  • CLAS 4300
  • CLAS 4310

Latin AP and Placement Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) credits are accepted by the department. Additionally, CMLL offers a placement exam (for placement only, NOT credit) for Latin classes.Please see the Latin program page for more information.

For assistance or questions, please contact Dr. Caroline Bishop or CMLL Graduate Program Coordinator Carla Burrus.

Classics Minors

Classics

The minor in Classics consists of the completion of a minimum of 18 hours from an approved list of CLAS, LAT, or GRK courses at the 2000 level or above, including at least 6 hours at the upper level. A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

Ancient Greek

The minor in Ancient Greek consists of a minimum of 18 hours including 9 hours of Ancient Greek at the 2000-Level and above. In addition, students must complete CLAS 3320 (World of Greece) and an additional 6 hours of upper level CLAS or GRK courses. A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

Latin

The minor in Latin consists of a minimum of 18 hours, including 9 hours of Latin at the 2000-Level and above. In addition, students must complete CLAS 3330 (World of Rome) and an additional 6 hours of upper level CLAS or LAT courses. A grade of at least C in all major and minor courses is required.

Study Abroad Opportunities

One of the most rewarding experiences in the field of Classics is the opportunity to travel to the Mediterranean and study the languages and cultures of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East! Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to seek out study abroad opportunities in language and culture courses, as well as archaeological digs, during the fall, spring and summer terms. Our department currently has several opportunities, as well as two in development in the Peloponnese and Sicily. Please see our study abroad page for more information.

Classical Language & Literature Studies

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