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Undergraduate Programs

Our Undergraduate Program consists of a major and minor in Classical Studies.

Major in Classical Studies

A major in Classical Studies requires:

  • A minimum of 10 courses (30 credits), in a combination of courses in the classical languages and courses in English on classical civilization.  One course must be the Senior Classics Capstone.
  • Students may choose one of the three concentrations:
    • Latin
    • Classical Languages
    • Classical Civilization

Minor in Classical Studies

A Minor in Classical Studies requires:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credits), in one of two concentrations:
    • Classical Languages
    • Classical Civilization (no language courses required)

Classical Studies Courses

The Classical Studies program offers undergraduate language courses in Latin and Ancient Greek at the Introductory and Intermediate levels, and also offers a number of upper level literature courses (in the original languages) in such authors as Vergil, Ovid, Cicero, Caesar, Homer, Herodotus, and Plato.

Classical civilization courses range from perennial favorites like Classical Mythology (CLA 2032), to archaeology courses such as Cities of Ancient Greece (CLA 2051) and Rome: The Ancient City (CLA 2052), to thematic courses (CLA 3040) such as Ancient Greece & Rome in Film and Pompeii & Herculaneum.

Certain courses offered by the Classical Studies program also satisfy requirements in the undergraduate core curriculum. Students may take Latin or ancient Greek to fulfill the language requirement. Both Cities of Ancient Greece (CLA 2051) and Rome: The Ancient City (CLA 2052) satisfy the Fine Arts core requirement, Enemies of Rome (CLA 1250) satisfies the core History requirement, Law & Literature (CLA 1975) satisfies the core literature & writing requirement, and certain Studies in the Classics (CLA 3040) courses satisfy Diversity core requirements:  Slavery in Ancient Greece & Rome (Diversity 1), Women in the Classical World (Diversity 2). Students taking these courses for their core requirements may also count them for the Classical Studies minor or a double major.

More information on our courses can be found in our course listings.

Undergraduate Classical Studies Organizations

Villanova's Classical Studies program hosts a chapter of the National Classics Honorary Society, Eta Sigma Phi, and also an undergraduate Classics club, the Villanova Classical Society.

The Benefits of Studying the Classics

Apart from the intrinsic value of studying the classical world, the benefits of pursuing this field are many. To read about these benefits and learn more about the paths the study of the Classics can lead to, please click here.

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Director of Classical Studies:
Dr. Valentina DeNardis