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Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies

BA with a Major in Classical Studies

Minor in Classical Studies

Distinction


1804 University Hall (UH)
(312) 996–3281
http://lcsl.las.uic.edu/classics-mediterranean
Administration: Head, Nanno Marinatos
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Jennifer Tobin, jtobin@uic.edu

 



Classics is the study of the civilizations of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Mediterranean. The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies provides introductory and advanced treatments of the religion, literature, and art of the Greco-Roman world. It also offers courses on the art and archaeology of Ancient Egypt and the Near East. Latin is taught from the introductory through the advanced levels, while courses in Arabic and Modern Greek are taught from the introductory through the intermediate levels (101–104). Students who major in classics may go on to pursue careers in law and professional scholarship and teach at college or high school level. Recent classics majors have entered law, medical, and divinity schools, while others have taken positions in business. The training in precise expression and critical thinking that a classics major receives is widely respected by employers.

The Department of Classics and Mediterranean Studies offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Classical Studies. A minor in Classical Studies is also offered.

Language Study and Major/Minor
The major requires 31 hours, including Latin 104, or Modern Greek 104, or the equivalent to be determined by examination.

The electives are chosen from the fields of archaeology, history, classical literature, art, and Greek or Arabic studies.

The Minor requires 18 hours but no foreign language. As electives, students are required to take a combination of courses in ancient or modern Mediterranean history or literature, archaeology, and art.

BA with a Major in Classical Studies

Degree Requirements—Classical Studies

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.

BA with a Major in Classical Studies Degree Requirements
Hours
Major Requirements
31
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours
89
Minimum Total Hours—BA with a Major in Classical Studies
120


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

Courses
Hours

One of the following:

 

ARAB 104—Intermediate Arabic II (4)

GKM 104—Intermediate Modern Greek II (4)

LAT 104—Intermediate Latin II (4)

(or the equivalent to be determined by examination)

4
   
CL 102Introduction to Classical Literatureab
3
CL 208Greek Mythologybc
3
CL 398Advanced Topics in Classical Civilizationd
3
   
One course from the following:e
3
ARST 209/AH 209—The Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (3)  
ARST 210/AAST 210/AH 210—The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3)  
CL 103—Introduction to Classical and Mediterranean
Archaeology (3)
 
CL 204—Greek Art and Archaeology (3)f  
CL 205—Roman Art and Archaeology (3)  
   
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 Hours—Major Requirements
31

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: HIST 202, 203, 401, 402, 404; and PHIL 120, 220, 221.

Recommended Plan of Study

To view a recommended plan of study for the major in Classical Civilization, please visit the LAS website http://www.las.uic.edu/students/prospective-undergraduate/degree-programs/four-year-model-plans.

Minor in Classical Studies

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Classical Studies must take a total of 18 hours distributed as follows:

Required Courses—Classical Studies Minor
Hours
One course at the 100-level
3
   
One course from the following:
3
CL/HIST 202—The Ancient World: Greece (3)  
CL/HIST 203—The Ancient World: Rome (3)  
CL 204—Greek Art and Archaeology (3)  
CL 205—Roman Art and Archaeology (3)  
   
Four additional courses in Arabic, Archaeological Studies, Classics, Latin, or Modern Greek, of which at least two must be at the 200-level or above. A maximum of 6 semester hours in Latin at the 200-level or above may be counted toward these 12 hours.
12
Total Hours—Classical Studies Minor
18


No more than 9 hours may be chosen from the following courses that are cross-listed with Classics: HIST 202, 203, 401, 402, 404; and PHIL 120, 220, 221.

Distinction

Departmental Distinction. The candidate for departmental distinction must earn a 3.50/4.00 GPA in courses required for the major and a 3.00/4.00 overall GPA (UIC and transfer credit).

High Departmental Distinction. The candidate for high departmental distinction must earn a 3.75/4.00 GPA in courses required for the major and a 3.00/4.00 overall GPA (UIC and transfer credit).

Highest Departmental Distinction. Students who qualify for High Distinction and complete CL 399 with a grade of A will qualify for Highest Distinction.