Majors and Minors

At CofC, students can choose from three Classics majors: one focused on the study of the Greek and Latin languages (the Classics A.B.), another focused on the study of Greco-Roman culture (the Classics B.A.), and a third focused on teacher education (Classics-Teacher Education Program).

Students can also minor in three discrete subjects: Classics, Greek, and Latin.

A.B. Classics (Language Focus)

The Artium Baccalaureatus program in Classics is based on the traditional study of the Greek and Latin languages. Students must complete the four-semester sequences in both Greek and Latin and take two upper level courses in either of those two languages. They also take three additional courses in classical civilization (in translation, if desired) and a senior capstone course.

The A.B. curriculum is the recommended course of study for those who plan to pursue an advanced degree in Classics.

Note: The A.B. degree in any other major requires the study of only one language. [Read more about the A.B. for other majors.]

B.A. Classics (Culture Focus)

The Bachelor of Arts program in Classics is designed for students with broad interests in Greco-Roman civilization and culture. The curriculum focuses on developing a broad knowledge of Ancient Greece and Rome and familiarizing students with various disciplinary perspectives (archaeology, history, literary criticism, etc.).

Classics Foreign Language Education (Teacher Certification Track)

In collaboration with the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, the Department of Classics contributes to the major in Foreign Language Education. The program incorporates second-language acquisition theories and methods to prepare students to teach languages at the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade level. The state of South Carolina grants certification for teaching languages at the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels for students completing the degree.  The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Classics Minor

The minor in Classics enables students to obtain an interdisciplinary understanding of Ancient Greece and Rome as a complement to their major course of study. Courses must be chosen from at least two different disciplines (language, CLAS, HIST, PHIL, ARTH, etc).

Latin Minor

Study of a foreign language is fundamental to a liberal arts education. The minor in Latin goes a step beyond the A.B. degree with a non-Classics major.

Ancient Greek Minor

Like the Latin minor, the minor in Ancient Greek goes a step beyond the A.B. degree. The intensive study of Ancient Greek complements majors in the Sciences, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies (among others), and offers a focused study of the liberal arts traditions.


These roadmaps are intended to provide a rough guide for navigating the course requirements on a semester-by-semester basis.

  • Classics, A.B. – Roadmap
  • Classics, B.A. – Roadmap
  • Classics, Teacher Education Program – Roadmap