Minor in Classical Studies

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Our undergraduate minors all attain some expertise in chosen areas of classical civilization, and many also choose to study Greek, Latin, or both. The linguistic, interpretive, critical, and analytical skills gained by our minors, along with their understanding of the classical world, equip them well both for their programs of study in their majors and for a wide variety of careers.

Prospective students interested in the minor in Classical Studies must apply to the College.

Minor Requirements

There are two different ways of achieving the minor in Classical Studies, each with separate requirements:

Language Variant

Requires seven courses:
Three courses at the 20000 level or higher in one language out of Greek and Latin.
Four other courses in Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization.

Classical Civilization Variant

Requires seven courses in Greek, Latin, or Classical Civilization.

Both variants are subject to the following requirements:


Students must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before the end of Spring Quarter of third year to declare their intention to complete the minor.


Students must choose courses to fulfill the requirements in consultation with the Director, and submit the Director’s approval for the program to their College advisor before the end of Spring Quarter of third year. The College advisor will provide the approval form.


Classical Civilization courses in the minor must not:

I. be double counted with requirements in the student’s major, or
II. be counted towards general education requirements


Courses in the minor must be taken for quality grades.


More than half of the requirements for the minor must be fulfilled using courses completed at the University of Chicago.


Participation in the Senior Seminar is optional.