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Classics Major: Cultural Emphasis
Classics Major: Language Emphasis
Classics or Latin Minor


Marston Hall

FACULTY:  Robert Baah, Kathryn Bartholomew, Michelle Beauclair, Owen Ewald, Katya Nemtchinova, Eric Vogt, Michael Ziemann

The surviving works of literature and art inherited from classical Greece and Rome have been foundational to Western European culture. From the classical world have come the patterns within which intellectual thought has developed, the models from which canons of aesthetic excellence have been formed and the languages in which the original literary works were written, including more than 1,000 years of Christian theology.

The student who chooses to major in Classics will acquire preparation that can key into any of the liberal arts, as well as provide enrichment for personal satisfaction. Students interested in Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Education, and many of the sciences are encouraged to consider the classics offerings as electives, as are Business majors aspiring to management.

All students who complete the Classics major must be proficient in a foreign language. Proficiency is established upon satisfactory completion of the third quarter of a first-year college-level foreign language or its equivalent.

For alternative ways of satisfying this requirement, see Competency Requirements in this Catalog. Language proficiency is not satisfied by transfer of an associate’s degree from a community college unless the transcript records the completion of adequate foreign language coursework.

Classics: Student-Designed

Owen Ewald (ewaldo@spu.edu), Contact person

Admission to the Classics Major
Applicants for a major in Classics must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all college work applicable to the BA degree and a 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in classics and/or Latin.

Since the major is student-designed, the student must work closely with the classics advisor. A student must complete the major requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major.

Requirements for the Major – Language Emphasis
Requirements for the Major – Cultural Emphasis
Requirements for the Minor – Classics
Requirements for the Minor Latin

Note: Classical Latin courses appear under the Latin program requirements.

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