The Department of Classics

Major and Emphases Requirements

The Department of Classics offers major and minor programs in classics with five distinctive tracks or emphases: Classical Languages (major only), Greek, Latin, Latin Secondary Education, and the Classical Tradition. Although all five combine the study of language and classical culture, they differ in focus and aim.

Degree programs in Classical Languages, Greek, and Latin offer full courses of undergraduate study in classics that stress the languages and literature of the classical world.

Classics Professor Diane Rayor's translations are featured on a series of benches in New York's Central Park
Classics Professor Diane Rayor's translation of the Greek poet Sappho is featured on this series of benches in New York's Central Park.

Consult the GVSU Catalog for detailed program information:

Classics - Program Description 
Classics, B.A. 
   Classical Languages 
   Classical Tradition 
   Latin Secondary Education 

Classics (minor) 
   Classical Tradition 

Whereas the Greek and Latin emphases encourage students to focus upon one of the two languages exclusively, the Classical Languages emphasis provides flexibility in pursuing a course of study in both Latin and ancient Greek.

The Latin Secondary Education emphasis offers prospective Latin teachers preparation in Latin comprehension and instruction and in classical civilization at a level consistent with state and national norms. Students seeking secondary certification in Latin as a teachable major or minor must complete the foreign language methods seminar, Education (FL) 331.

Grand Valley's innovative program in the Classical Tradition emphasizes the legacy of the classical world and specifically investigates the relationship between Greek and Roman civilizations and the literary, artistic, intellectual, social, and political traditions of other cultures. The program in the Classical Tradition affords students who seek a broad acquaintance with the classical world, but whose interests do not fit easily into other departmental programs, the opportunity to design individual programs to fit their talents, interests, and career goals.

Students who plan on graduate work in classics should be mindful that many graduate programs prefer to admit students who have completed at least one year of advanced work (at the 300 level and above) in both languages; such students should consider either completing a major in one language and a minor in another or pursuing advanced study of the languages beyond the minimum requirements of the Classical Languages emphasis.

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