Texas Tech University

Classics Undergraduate Major & Minors

Welcome to the TTU Classics Undergraduate Program!

There are many ways to study Classics during your undergraduate experience at Texas Tech! You're very welcome to join us as a Classics major or minor, to fulfill your Foreign Language Requirement or another graduation requirement, or simply out of interest in a particular course. Whatever your interest in the ancient Greek and Roman world (and beyond!) and how we have engaged with it through the centuries, there is something here for you!

The Classics Major

Students who major in Classics are really intellectually curious and often have wide-ranging interests, both within and beyond the ancient world. In fact, many are double majors! Many also go on to advanced degrees in a wide range of fields.

You have many options when majoring in Classics at Texas Tech — and can really tailor the major to your interests! Here is a worksheet that lists them all and will help you to keep track of your progress:

To download the Classics Major Checklist, please click here.

Our majors may choose to focus on a specific area, like Ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Culture, and Archaeology. Here are some examples of how you might shape your Classics Major along those lines:

Archaeology Emphasis

For more information about studying Archaeology with TTU Classics, please click here.

Classical Culture Emphasis

Here is an example of what your course of study might include:

  • CMLL 2305 Introduction to Languages and Cultures
  • CLAS 2302 Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2303 Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 2305 Ancient Technology
  • CLAS 3315 World of Egypt and the Near East
  • CLAS 3320 World of Greece
  • CLAS 3330 World of Rome
  • CLAS 3340 Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World
  • CLAS 3350 Comparative Mythologies
  • CLAS 4300 Research in Classics (Independent Study)
  • CLAS 4310 Seminar in Classics

There are other courses you can chose from as well! For example, you could fulfill your Language Requirement and contribute to your major by taking Ancient Greek or Latin (certain courses will count!). Other examples include HIST 3301, HIST 3302, HIST 3303, PHIL 3301, and more. Please see the Classics Major Checklist or the TTU Course Catalog for details. The Classics Undergraduate Advisor will be glad to work with you to help you create a degree plan to fit your goals.

Ancient Greek Emphasis

Here is an example of what your course of study might include (fulfilling your Foreign Language Requirement in the process!):

  • GRK 1501 A First Course in Greek I
  • GRK 1502 A First Course in Greek II
  • CMLL 2305 Introduction to Languages and Cultures
  • GRK 2301 A Second Course in Greek I
  • GRK 2302 A Second Course in Greek II
  • CLAS 2302 Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2303 Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 3320 World of Greece
  • CLAS 3340 Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World
  • CLAS 3350 Comparative Mythologies
  • CLAS 4300 Research in Classics (Independent Study)
  • CLAS 4310 Seminar in Classics
  • GRK 4300/4305/4310 Advanced Greek (x2)

There are other courses you can chose from as well! If you're planning on an advanced degree in Classics, you're also encouraged to complete as much Latin as your schedule allows. Other examples include HIST 3301, HIST 3302, HIST 3303, PHIL 3301, and more. Please see the Classics Major Checklist or the TTU Course Catalog for details. The Classics Undergraduate Advisor will be glad to work with you to help you create a degree plan to fit your goals.

For more information about studying Ancient Greek with TTU Classics, please click here.

Latin Emphasis

Here is an example of what your course of study might include (fulfilling your Foreign Language Requirement in the process!):

  • LAT 1501 A First Course in Latin I
  • LAT 1502 A First Course in Latin II
  • LAT 2301 A Second Course in Latin I
  • LAT 2302 A Second Course in Latin II
  • CMLL 2305 Introduction to Languages and Cultures
  • CLAS 2302 Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2303 Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 3330 World of Rome
  • CLAS 3340 Gender and Sexuality in the Classical World
  • CLAS 3350 Comparative Mythologies
  • CLAS 4300 Research in Classics (Independent Study)
  • CLAS 4310 Seminar in Classics
  • LAT 4300/4305/4310 Advanced Latin (x2)

There are other courses you can chose from as well! If you're planning on an advanced degree in Classics, you're also encouraged to complete as much Ancient Greek as your schedule allows. Other examples include HIST 3301, HIST 3302, HIST 3303, PHIL 3301, and more. Please see the Classics Major Checklist or the TTU Course Catalog for details. The Classics Undergraduate Advisor will be glad to work with you to help you create a degree plan to fit your goals.

For more information about studying Latin with TTU Classics, please click here.

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 Majors may also take some courses for the major outside of the department, with the approval of the Classics Undergraduate Advisor. Classics Majors focusing on Latin or Ancient Greek will often choose to formalize that by minoring in Latin or Greek as well, to mark this achievement explicitly. Additionally, Classics majors are encouraged to explore minor areas in complementary subjects such as English, Philosophy, History, and Anthropology.

Classics Minors

The TTU Classics Program offers a number of minors, so you can choose one that really fits your interests! This is a popular option with students of all majors, from all over TTU!

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.

To download the Classics Minor checklist, please click here.

Archaeology

For more information about studying Archaeology with TTU Classics, please click here.

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.

To download the Ancient Greek Minor checklist, please click here.

For more information about studying Ancient Greek with TTU Classics, please click here.

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.

To download the Latin Minor checklist, please click here.

For more information about studying Latin with TTU Classics, please click here.

Fieldwork and Study Abroad Opportunities

Studying abroad is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you can have as a Classics student. Imagine traveling to the Mediterranean to study the languages and cultures of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and the Ancient Near East! We strongly encourage our students to consider studying abroad — and there are many options for doing it. You could go on an archaeological dig, do fieldwork, and/or take language and culture courses. There is nothing quite like learning about these things ‘on site', where it all happened, for oneself! We offer a number of exciting opportunities during the fall, spring and summer terms. We also have more in development, including one in Greece and another in Sicily. For more information, please see our Study Abroad page.

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 the Classics Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Sydnor Roy.

CMLL Classics

  • Address

    CMLL Building, 2906 18th St, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.3145