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Classics

The Classics Major

At the heart of the study of Classics is the study of the two main languages of the Greco-Roman world, Greek and Latin. Greek is the language of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, the New Testament, and the early Church. Latin is the language of Julius Caesar, Vergil, Cicero, and St. Augustine. 

At Luther, students may earn a degree in Classics by combining the study of the Greek and Latin languages. Nine courses are required—six courses in Latin or six courses in Greek, two courses in the other language, plus one course from Classical Studies, or ART 251, HIST 241, 242, MUS 341, PHIL 200. Other non-language courses may apply with the permission of the department head. Students contemplating graduate study in Classics should take additional courses in both languages. 

The Teaching Option in Latin

Students majoring in Classics may become certified to teach Latin at a secondary level either as a primary field or as a second teaching area. See the education department for specific requirements. 

The Classics Minor

Five courses are required to minor in Classics—four courses in Greek or four courses in Latin, plus one course from Classical Studies, or ART 251, HIST 241, 242, MUS 341, PHIL 200. Other non-language courses may apply with the permission of the department head.