UMass Boston

Classical Studies BA

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Understand the history of ancient Greece and Rome from a multidisciplinary perspective

As a student in the Classical Studies program at UMass Boston, you will have the opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of ancient Greece and Rome from a multidisciplinary perspective. Through the study of literature, history, philosophy, art, and archaeology, you will gain a deep understanding of the classical world and its continuing relevance to contemporary society.

In this program, you will:

  • Take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the classical world that combines the study of literature, history, philosophy, art, and archaeology to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world
  • Engage with complex ideas and texts, and develop your own ideas and perspectives on the classical world and its relevance to contemporary issues
  • Hone your communication and research skills, emerging with the tools you need to effectively present your ideas and research findings in both written and oral formats

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Required Courses

Language Requirement (6 to 8 credits):
Complete one of the following:

  • Two semesters of Greek at the appropriate level
  • Two semesters of Latin at the appropriate level
  • LATIN 115 - Intensive Elementary Latin 

Classical Studies Courses (21 Credits):

Complete at least seven classical studies courses. Up to two additional Greek or Latin courses beyond those being used to fulfill the language requirement may be applied to this requirement.

No first year seminar courses may be applied toward this requirement.

With department approval, up to one course from another discipline may be applied to this requirement.

Capstone (3 Credits):

Take either CLSICS 387 - The Golden Age of Athens or CLSICS 388 - The Golden Age of Rome. The research paper for either of these courses may be used as the capstone paper.

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Related Minors

Classical Studies Minor
Students majoring in another discipline may wish to deepen and enrich their understanding by minoring in classical studies. A total of six courses must be taken to complete the minor program of study.

Religious Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary religious studies minor entails coursework concerning theories and methods in the study of religion as well as courses focused on a variety of traditions in their global and local contexts.

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