Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


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 the University of South Florida is a language-based interdisciplinary humanities field. We provide instruction in the Greek and Latin languages and in the Greek and Roman civilization, literature, mythology and religion.

Faculty specialize in diverse aspects of the Greek and Roman world (such as Greek poetry, Latin poetry, Roman historiography). Our department combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the wide-ranging educational possibilities of a large state university.

Our major is of particular interest to students who wish to teach Latin or Greek at the secondary level or plan graduate study in a humanistic discipline; also to students who wish to focus on the classical 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: 33-34 Hours

Major Core

The Classics Major requires 10 courses (33-34 credit hours), which are classified as language and civilization requirements.

Major Core Courses - 33-34 Hours

Language Requirements (15-16 credit hours):
Students are required to take at least four (4) successive courses in a single language, Latin or Classical Greek (LAT, LNW, GRE, GRW).

Civilization Requirements (18 credit hours):
Students are required to take six (6) upper-level civilization courses, five (5) of which are the core courses offered by Classics:

  • CLA 3103 Daily Life in Ancient Greece
  • CLA 3124 Daily Life in Ancient Rome
  • CLT 3370 Gods, Heroes, and Monsters in the Ancient World
  • CLT 3103 Epic Battles and Dramatic Reversals in Greek Thought
  • CLT 3123 Voyages and Metamorphoses in Roman Imagination

The sixth remaining course for the major can be fulfilled through appropriate offerings by the departments of History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, and Philosophy, but only with the approval of the Classics Advisor.

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This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.

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