• the ancient languages of Latin and Greek in the context of their historical and classical significance
  • study language in the context of academic and ecclesial purpose
  • gain an appreciation of the modern use of classical languages for
  • learn about applications of classical languages in science, law, Church, and more
  • want to learn the origin of modern language
  • are strong in math and liberal arts
  • enjoy small classes and independent study
  • medical, law, dental, and graduate school or seminary
  • advanced degree entrance exams such as the LSAT, GRE and GMAT

Program Mission:

Students pursuing a minor in Classical Languages study Latin or Greek or a combination of both languages. Students complete at least three courses in Latin and/or Greek, taken in sequence at the introductory, intermediate, or advanced level. Those who want to study both Latin and Greek must complete the intermediate level (both 201 and 202) of at least one of the languages. Students may elect to round out their studies in Classical Languages with courses drawn from offerings in English, History, Political Philosophy, Theology, or Honors that focus on classical authors in translation.

(This option is available for traditional students only.)

Minor requirements:

Introductory Level

  • LA 102 or GK 102

Intermediate Level

  • LA 201 and 202 or GK 201 and 202

Additional Language or Translation Studies

Two courses from among:

  • LA 102 – Introduction to Latin II
  • LA 301 – Advanced Latin I
  • GK 102 – Introduction to Greek II
  • GK 301 – Advanced Greek I
  • EN 403 – Medieval Literature
  • HI 303 – The Middle Ages
  • HO 310 – Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Ethics
  • *HO 340-345 – Selected Authors
  • PO 401 – Classical Political Philosophy
  • PO 402 – Medieval Political Philosophy
  • *TH 358 – Major Figures in Theology

Note: Students who enroll in classes not conducted in Latin or Greek must work with the Director of the minor on a special topic related to the Classics.

*Because topics change each semester for HO 340-345 and TH 358, students interested in taking one of these courses as a part of their classics minor must have the approval of the Director to do so.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Program coordinator:

Gerald Malsbary – Director of First-Year Symposium
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1974
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1976
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1988