Classics, BA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Major: Classics

Program Overview

The core of all our classics majors is the study of the languages and literatures of ancient Greece and Rome and the societies that spoke Greek and Latin until the end of the ancient world (usually taken as the 5th century of the Common Era). We have four different concentrations: Greek, Latin, Greek & Latin, or Classical Civilization (the latter requiring less language proficiency). These different concentrations uniquely offer exposure to a range of approaches: literary, philological, historical, archaeological, art historical, philosophical, and anthropological. In addition, we now offer several courses on the ancient Near East and Egypt for a wider perspective on the ancient world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to master elementary vocabulary, morphology, and syntax of Greek and/or Latin, compose and express ideas in Greek and Latin, translate into idiomatic English a Greek and/or Latin text accurately, differeniate between prose and poetry, know some common rhetorical figures, place these texts in their appropriate historical, literary, and cultural contexts, and discuss questions posed by modern literary theorists.
  • Students will be able to identify the salient themes, styles, and social differences among the major historical periods, have a broad knowledge of the geography of the ancient world and the many facets of Greek and Roman society such as state formation, the development of the polis, political institutions, colonization and imperialism, literature, art, architecture, theater, mythology, religion, medicine, science, philosophy, athletics, and daily life.
  • Students will be able to recognize and articulate the fundamental variety of classical genres and major authors.
  • Students will be able to know the important difference and weighting between primary and secondary sources, know and differientiate between literary and material culture evidence, and be able to locate, read, understand, and critically analyze these sources.
  • Students will be able to investigate a topic and write a research paper in Classics that uses both primary and secondary sources and be able to present its main idea or ideas orally.
  • Students will be able to know the basic contours of the profession, including career options, and institutional landscape.

Study in Related Fields

Each student completing the classics major is strongly advised to choose a minor, selected in consultation with and approved by the departmental advisor, in such closely related fields as ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian studies, anthropology, art history, philosophy, world literature, history, theater, or English. 

Teacher Licensure

Case Western Reserve University offers licensure programs in music education and art education as degree programs in each of those departments.  Additionally, CWRU’s Teacher Education Program offers a licensure track for students who wish to pursue a teaching career in their content area in grades 7-12 Adolescent to Young Adult.  Licensure areas are: English Language Arts (English major), Integrated Social Studies (history major), Integrated Mathematics (math major), Life Science (biology major), Physical Science (chemistry major), or Physical Science (physics major).  A Multi-Age license in grades PreK-12 is available in French, Spanish or Latin. Students must fulfill the degree requirements for their primary major and declare Teacher Education as a second major. The Teacher Education major consists of 36 hours in education, including a student teaching semester.  The program places students in mentored teaching situations at every stage of their training, capitalizing on the relationships the university has built with area schools.

For the subject area requirements for teacher licensure, please visit the program page for Teacher Education, BA.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.