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.
Classics Minor - Ancient Greek Language and Literature Concentration
Classics338 Millard Fillmore Academic Core, Ellicott Complex
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Why study Classics Minor - Ancient Greek Language and Literature Concentration at UB?
- Gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of Classics, through study of the languages, classes in Greek and Roman history, art and archaeology, and culture.
- Develop their ability to read and analyze texts closely, whether in translation or in the original language.
- 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.
- Understand the legacy of the Greek and Roman world, its historical importance in our own culture.
- 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, culture, history and literature of ancient Greece and Rome, and smaller language classes (in Latin and ancient Greek) that emphasize class participation. 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. Instructors in lecture classes use technology to make the ancient Mediterranean world more concrete and vivid.
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 past winners of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Members of the faculty have also held the office of President in both the American Philological Association and the Archaeological Institute of America. The department allows advanced graduate students to teach select classes.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.
The scope of study that classics provides includes historical, political, sociological, literary, philosophical, archaeological and artistic dimensions. Classics provides 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
Scholarships and Financial Support
The department of classics does not provide financial support for minors.
The Classics department provides opportunities for majors and minors to participate in archaeological field projects in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel, and facilitates the placing of majors and minors in study abroad programs in Italy, Greece and Israel. Opportunities for summer archaeological work exist in the Americas, Europe, North Africa and the Near East.
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Becoming a(n) Classics Minor - Ancient Greek Language and Literature Concentration Student
Becoming a University at Buffalo Student
Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.
Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.
The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:
- Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
- Four years of social studies
- Three years of college-preparatory science
- Three years of a second language
- Three years of college-preparatory mathematics
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Completing the Classics Minor - Ancient Greek Language and Literature Concentration Program
Note that only courses at the 200 level or higher may be used to satisfy the requirements for a classics minor.
Transfer Credit Policy
The director of undergraduate studies determines on a case-by-case basis whether or not a course taken at another college or university will satisfy a requirement for the classics major at UB.
There are no prerequisite courses, but a student must have a grade point average of 2.0 to be accepted as either a major or a minor.
Total Credit Hours Required
Total Credits Required for Minor: 40
Minors must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.
Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite or major requirements.