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Classics Minor - Ancient Latin Language and Literature Concentration

(HEGIS: , CIP: 16.1200 Classics and Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, General)

Why study Classics Minor - Ancient Latin Language and Literature Concentration at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The field of classics consists of the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including their languages and literature, history and archaeology. A minor in classics is an excellent complement to any major and provides a solid foundation for students interested in the development of western civilization.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of Classics, through study of the languages, classes in Greek and Roman history, art and archaeology and culture.
  2. Develop their ability to read and analyze texts closely, whether in translation or in the original language.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to write papers, drawing on research tools in the various subdisciplines — texts, documents, physical remains, scholarly articles and books, theoretical approaches and digital tools.
  4. Understand the legacy of the Greek and Roman world, its historical importance in our own culture.
  5. Be encouraged to supplement classroom learning with experience abroad, whether as part of an archaeological expedition or study abroad program.

The Learning Environment

The department of Classics offers lecture courses on the archaeology, art, culture, history, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and smaller language classes (in Latin and ancient Greek) that emphasize student participation. Study-abroad opportunities in Greece and Italy, as well as participation in archaeological fieldwork, are provided as curricular options. In addition to serving as a base for the Western New York Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the department also plays a leading role in UB’s Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology. Majors must complete a capstone class that draws upon all of the conceptual and analytical skills that they acquired while a major.

About Our Facilities

The department of Classics is housed in the Millard Fillmore Academic Center. Classics courses are held in the department’s seminar room and in classrooms located both in MFAC and on the Academic Spine of the North Campus.

About Our Faculty

Rated nineteenth in the country in a recent survey of classics departments, the UB Department of Classics faculty regularly devotes some or all of their time to undergraduate teaching. Among them is the holder of the Andrew V.V. Raymond Professorship in Classics and the recipient of a SUNY Distinguished Professorship . Past and present members of the faculty have held the office of President in both the American Philological Association (APA)/Society for Classical Studies (SCS)and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the primary professional organizations for classicists in North America. The department also serves as home to the journal Arethusa, an internationally recognized periodical devoted to the publication of scholarship in classical studies, and the Tesserae Project, a ground-breaking initiative in the digital humanities. Other editorial affiliations by members of the faculty have included positions with the American Journal of Archaeology and Classical World. The department allows advanced graduate students to teach select classes.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Classics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The scope of study that classics provides includes historical, political, sociological, literary, philosophical, archaeological, and artistic dimensions. Classics offers a broad foundation for future study and professional experience, and its graduates have learned to appreciate the past and its relationship to the present.

Employers are seeking candidates with broad-based experience and those who have developed their skills from that experience. Internships, part-time, summer employment and/or further education can enhance a graduate's employability in their chosen career area.

Academic Advising

A minimum GPA of 2.0 overall is required, as are 18 credit hours of work in approved classics courses. Coursework in Greek and Latin (4 semesters in either language) is required only for the language-oriented minors. Students should consult with the chair or director of undergraduate studies to create a balanced program of study for the minor.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact David Teegarden at

Scholarships and Financial Support

The department of classics does not provide financial support for minors.

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Published: Apr 12, 2019 12:35:28