Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Classics-Latin/Greek (CLS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 16.1200

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

Classics at USF is a language-based, interdisciplinary humanities field. We provide instruction in the Greek and Latin languages, and translation courses that focus on the study of Greek and Roman civilization, literature, mythology, philosophy, and religion.

Faculty specialize in widely diverse aspects of the Greek and Roman world (such as Greek tragedy and philosophy, Roman epic and historiography) our department combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the wide-ranging educational interests of a large state university.

Our majors are of particular interest to students who wish to teach the languages, to those who plan graduate study in a humanistic discipline, and to those who want an undergraduate major that focuses on the ancient civilizations that are the cornerstone of the Western Tradition.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

To complete a major in Classics, students should demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level within the target language. This may be accomplished by completing 6-12 hours within the language or by demonstrated competency at the intermediate level. If this coursework (or associated competency) is not completed at a Florida College System institution, it must be completed before the degree is granted. A grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

Total Major Hours: 30 Hours

Major Core

The Classics Major requires 10 courses and 30 hours, which are divided between language and civilization requirements.

Major Core Courses - 30 Hours

Language Requirements
Students are required to take at least four (4) successive courses in a single language, Latin or Ancient Greek (LAT, LNW, GRE, GRW).

Civilization Requirements
Students are required to take six (6) upper-level civilization courses, including the core courses offered by Classics: Greek Civilization, Roman Civilization, Classical Mythology, Greek Literature in Translation and Roman Civilization in Translation.

The sixth remaining class for the major can also be fulfilled through appropriate courses offered by the departments of: History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Religious Studies and Philosophy, but only with the approval of an advisor.

The sixth remaining class for the major can also be fulfilled through appropriate courses offered by the departments of: History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Religious Studies and Philosophy, but only with the approval of an advisor.

Optional Honors Program

To graduate with Honors in Classics, the successful candidate must apply in her/his junior year and complete special requirements during the senior year.

To apply, the candidate must schedule an appointment with an advisor and a thesis director chosen by the candidate.

    Admissions Criteria
  1. Senior status, with a departmental and overall GPA of 3.50.
  2. Completion of the core courses in Classics.
  3. An appropriate project accepted by a faculty member of Classics who agrees to serve as thesis director.
    Requirements for Completion of Departmental Honors:
  1. The candidate must maintain a departmental and overall GPA of 3.50.
  2. The candidate must pass two (2) sight translations in either Greek or Latin (passages to be determined by the thesis director and the candidate.)
  3. The candidate must turn in the completed thesis (thirty to fifty pages, at the discretion of the thesis director) before April of the senior year, and defend the thesis before a committee of at least three faculty members by May of the senior year. (Committee members to be chosen by the candidate and thesis director.)

  4. Dismissal Procedures

    The student must maintain a Departmental GPA of 3.50, must submit the Honors Thesis on time and must pass the scheduled Departmental Honors Examination.

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