Majoring & Minoring


The Classics major offers a diverse and rigorous interdisciplinary program. Students are exposed to the entire range of disciplines in classical studies: literature, history, mythology, religion, philosophy, and art & archaeology. The major provides a distinctive foundation for students pursuing any career.

Majors are strongly advised to take advantage of Southwestern’s opportunities to study abroad. Students may pursue summer or academic year study at College Year in Athens, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, or various other programs.

Incoming students who place into the language sequence may be eligible for credit.

A student majoring in Classics through the 2016/2017 catalog (click here for 2017/2018 catalog requirements) must meet the following requirements:

12 courses minimum (At least 24 credits in the major must be upper level) (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.)

  • Four courses of earned college-level Latin and four courses of earned college-level Greek, including two upper-level courses in Latin or Greek
  • One course in Classics in Translation
  • Two additional upper-level courses in Latin and/or Greek, or in Classics in Translation
  • Classics 07-954 (Capstone)

Click here for a Classics Major checklist.Courses that may be counted toward requirements 2 and 3 include:

  • 07-114 World Architecture: a Comparative
    See Art History 71-484. (Biennially) (FAL) (IP) (WA)
  • 07-204 Greek and Roman Mythology
    A study of the myths and religion of Greece and Rome, with particular attention to their formation in the eastern world and with a focus on the recrystallization of Classical myth in later literature and art. Exploration of the theories of the study of myth. Extensive readings of primary ocuments in translation. Also English 10-204. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 07-314 Greek Civilization
    The political, social, and cultural history of Greece. The rise, development, and diffusion of the civilization of Greece with particular attention to its Graeco-Asiatic and Graeco-African environment. Includes a section on Greece's contribution to later cultures. Extensive readings of primary documents in translation. May be repeated with change of content. Also History 16-314. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 07-324 Roman Civilization
    An examination of the development of Roman Civilization, from its beginnings until its dissolution, set within the broad cultural continuum of the Mediterranean world. Includes a section on Rome's contribution to later cultures. Extensive readings of primary documents in translation. May be repeated with change of content. Also History 16-324. (Biennially) (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 07-334 Critical Histories: Ancient
    See Philosophy 18-614. (H)
  • 07-344 Topics in Classical Literature
    An interdisciplinary examination of Greek or Roman authors (in translation) or topics, for example Homer, Euripides, Herodotus, Ovid, or Vergil, or ancient science (with a substantive component on ancient medicine). Each week, students read ancient passages in translation and secondary scholarship, engage in asynchronous discussion on topics set and moderated by participating faculty and participate actively in a course-wide synchronous common session administered through Sunoikisis, and twice a week meet as a single campus section. This course includes close consideration of cultural and historical contexts as well as the issues of composition and reception. Students will also become familiar with current interpretive approaches to the material. May be repeated with change in topic. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 07-354 Greek & Roman Art of the Hellenistic Era
    See Art History 71-414. (FAL) (WA)
  • 07-964 Seminar
    An interdisciplinary study of various aspects of Greek and Roman antiquity. May be repeated with change of content.

The Capstone consists of a semester-long research project which encompasses a wide range within the area of Classical studies. The project culminates with a formal paper and an oral presentation to an interdepartmental committee chosen by the student and the faculty project advisor.