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Classical Languages Minor

Complement Your Degree With a Classical Languages Minor.

If you’re majoring in another discipline, you may want to expand your knowledge and understanding by minoring in Classical Languages through the Classics and Religious Studies Department at UMass Boston.

In this program, you’ll examine the civilizations of Greece and Rome through a curriculum based mainly on works read in English translation. You’ll read and interpret a wide range of ancient texts, including epic poetry, dramas, philosophies, and historical accounts. 

Part of the requirements include taking at least five courses in Greek and/or Latin (you can choose to pursue one or both) and one elective in Greek, Latin, or classical studies.

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Greek & Latin Courses (15 Credits)

Take at least five courses in Greek and/or Latin. Greek or Latin 101 may only count if the 101-102 sequence has been completed in that language.

Additional Course (3 Credits)

Take one additional course in either a classical language or a non-language classical studies course.


Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including five in Greek and/or Latin and one elective in Greek, Latin, or classical studies.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: At least four courses for the minor must be completed at UMass Boston.
Course level: At least two courses for the minor must be at the 300-level or higher.



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