The classical studies program at Saint Joseph’s University is designed for students who embrace visionary and interdisciplinary thinking. The department offers courses in Latin and ancient Greek languages ranging from the elementary to advanced levels. These courses may also be taken by non-majors to fulfill the non-native language requirement of the General Education Program (GEP). Advanced courses cover the works of major authors and all literary genres, featuring comprehensive exploration of both language and culture. In addition to courses in Latin and ancient Greek, you can also explore a wide range of courses in translation that examine important aspects of classical antiquity, from mythology and religion to sports and material culture. Classical studies also features courses that explore the afterlife of antiquity and its reception in modern popular culture, such as cinema.
The classical studies major features two concentrations:
Classical languages and literatures concentration
The classical languages and literatures concentration is designed for students who seek to pursue a career as Latin teachers at the secondary education level or continue with graduate studies in classics or archaeology.
Ancient cultures concentration
The ancient cultures concentration is interdisciplinary, featuring courses that complement those offered by other majors/departments such as history, theology and religious studies, art, philosophy, English, gender studies and the social and natural sciences.
Classical studies minor
Students who take beginning, intermediate or advanced Latin to fulfill the non-native language requirement may minor in classical studies by taking another four courses (or five courses in the case of freshmen placed in advanced Latin). All these courses satisfy various requirements of the General Education Program. The minor is ideal if you have a major in a related disciplines (e.g., history, theology and religious studies, psychology, art, English) or if you wish to apply to law and medical school.