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.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an 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 a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
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.
Total Major Hours: 33-34 Hours
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:
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.