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Program Description

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 four 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. The Department of World Languages and Cultures also has two scholarships specifically for Classics and we invite all Greek and Latin students to apply. Students can also participate in summer study abroad programs, visiting the ancient sites on which their courses of study are based.

Career Opportunities

The Classics program will allow you to pursue work in a number of fields: education, administration, and cultural preservation are just a few. Work in government as a cultural resource manager or enter the nonprofit sector as a grant writer.

Last Updated: 1/21/22