Classics program at the University of Utah includes the study of all facets of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome: their history, philosophy, drama, history of science, textual criticism, religion, archeology, and art history. In addition to comparative genre courses and film courses, Classics studies also include reception theory, Western traditions, and the vast influence of Greek and Roman myths, literature, and culture on contemporary and later literature and theory. Students majoring in Classics choose to specialize in either ancient Greek or Latin language and literature. The program consists of two years of language acquisition with a focus on the phonology (the study and classification of speech sounds), morphology (the study of word forms), grammar, and syntax (how words and phrases are arranged) of Greek and Latin, as well as the literature and poetry of each language. The culminating capstone experience allows the student to choose a specific area and topic for a project which demonstrates their skills in language, theory, and writing. Graduates of the program will leave the university with thorough training in the ancient languages of Greek and Latin and their literatures, preparing students for work in government or private fields, as well as additional schooling at the graduate level.
The Student Experience
Outside the classroom, be sure to network with fellow students by joining Eta Sigma Phi, the national Honors society for Greek and Latin languages students, or participating in the annual Nick Yengich Latin Competition, a translation competition for Latin students. An additional involvement opportunity is the Student Advisory Committee for the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students can also participate in summer study abroad programs, visiting the ancient sites on which their courses of study are based.
The Classics program will allow you to pursue work in a number of fields: consider becoming an educator, administrator, or English as a Second Language instructor. Work for the government as an interpreter, translator, or cultural resource manager, or enter the nonprofit sector as a grant writer. Careers in journalism and editing are possible, as well as domestic and international business positions as an HR or PR specialist. Students who choose to continue their studies in graduate school may go on to become lawyers, librarians, curators, professors, or physicians.