BA with a Major in Classical Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements31
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours89
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
Select one of the following (or the equivalent to be determined by examination):4
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Modern Greek II
Intermediate Latin II
CL 102Introduction to Classical Literature a,b3
CL 208Greek Mythology b,c3
CL 398Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization d3
Select one of the following: e3
The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Introduction to Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
Greek Art and Archaeology f
Roman Art and Archaeology
Major Electives
Five additional courses in Arabic, Archaeological Studies, Classics, Latin, or Modern Greek at the 200-, 300-, and 400- levels. At least one course must be at the 300-level or above. 15
Total Hours31
a

Fulfills the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education category.

b

Fulfills the Understanding the Past General Education category.

c

Fulfills the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education Category.

d

CL 398 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

e

Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine if any of the courses on this list are approved for General Education.

f

Credit is not given for CL 215 if the student has credit in CL 204.

No more than 9 hours of the major may be chosen from the following courses that are cross-listed with Classics:

Courses
HIST 202The Ancient World: Greece3
HIST 203Ancient Rome3
HIST 401Topics in Greek History3-4
HIST 402Topics in Roman History3-4
PHIL 120Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 220Ancient Philosophy I: Plato and His Predecessors3
PHIL 221Ancient Philosophy II: Aristotle and His Successors3

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning Requirement course 3-5
LAT 101
Elementary Latin I
or Elementary Arabic I
or Elementary Modern Greek I
4
CL 100
Greek Civilization a
or Roman Civilization
3
 Hours13-15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
LAT 102
Elementary Latin II
or Elementary Arabic II
or Elementary Modern Greek II
4
CL 102 Introduction to Classical Literature 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-4
 Hours16-17
Second Year
Fall Semester
CL 208 Greek Mythology 3
ARST 209
The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
or The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
or The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
or The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
or The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
or Introduction to Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology
or Greek Art and Archaeology
or Roman Art and Archaeology
3
LAT 103
Intermediate Latin I
or Intermediate Arabic I
or Intermediate Modern Greek I
4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
Major Elective b 3
Major Elective b 3
LAT 104
Intermediate Latin II
or Intermediate Arabic II
or Intermediate Modern Greek II
4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
Major Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3-5
Electives 6-9
 Hours15-18
Spring Semester
Major Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3-5
Electives 9
 Hours15-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Major Elective b 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
CL 398 Advanced Topics in Classical Civilization 3
Electives 9
 Hours12
 Total Hours120
a

CL 100 and CL 101 are recommended electives. They do not count toward the major.

b

No more than 9 hours of the major may be chosen from the following cross-listed courses: HIST 202, HIST 203, HIST 401, HIST 402; and PHIL 120, PHIL 220, PHIL 221.