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College
College of Arts and Sciences

Department
Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies

109 Satterfield Hall
Tel: 330-672-2150
Fax: 330-672-4009
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/mcls
 

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Classics consists of three concentrations; Greek, Latin and Classical Civilization.

Greek Concentration offers instruction in Ancient Greek. Students learn to read original Greek text by such authors as Plato and Homer in the original, in order to enrich their knowledge of Classical languages. Student may select from a list of culture courses dealing with the art, archaeology, history, mythology and literature of the Classical world. Colloquia are regularly offered covering such thematic topics as Violence, Gender and Sexuality, and Ancient Christianities. A Classics major provides an excellent foundation in the Western humanities while sharpening a student’s analytical skills and English vocabulary though the systematic study of the ancient languages. 

Latin Concentration offers instruction in Latin. Students learn to read original Latin text by such authors as Cicero and Vergil in the original, in order to enrich their knowledge of Classical languages. Students may select from a list of culture courses dealing with the art, archaeology, history, mythology and literature of the Classical world. Colloquia are regularly offered covering such thematic topics as Violence, Gender and Sexuality, and Ancient Christianities. A Classics major provides an excellent foundation in the Western humanities while sharpening a student’s analytical skills and English vocabulary though the systematic study of the ancient languages. 

Classical Civilization Concentration is designed for students with a broad interest in the classical world. The major offers a wide variety of diverse subjects, including the literature, art archaeology, history, law, religion, sport and mythology of the Classical world. Colloquia are regularly offered covering such thematic topics as Violence, Gender and Sexuality, and Ancient Christianities. The course work for the major is all in English, but students may elect to substitute up to 12 hours of coursework in ancient Greek or Latin beyond the elementary level. The program provides students with a strong, general liberal arts education appropriate to many pursuits after college, including law, medicine, business, writing and publishing.
 

Career Opportunities

As a foundational discipline in the Liberal Arts, Classics does not prepare you for one narrow path of employment. Rather, it develops effective communication and cognitive skills, and provides you with experience in analyzing and solving problems in a variety of contexts: historical, literary, philosophical, and aesthetic. Graduates with a Classics degree have gone on to careers in law, higher education, business, nonprofit, and politics. A Classics Baccalaureate degree also provides preparation for those wishing to pursue graduate study in a number of fields including Classical Philology, History, Literature, and Archaeology.
 

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
 

Program Learning Outcomes

B.A. Classics

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understandings of the Roman cultural context within which historical writings were produced, demonstrate the ability to distinguish between ancient and modern cultural values and to recognize historical biases, and demonstrate the ability to use primary source materials to better understand the culture of ancient Rome.

2. Be proficient in reading either Latin or Greek and will demonstrate general knowledge of the literature, history and culture of Classical civilization (Greece and Rome).

Latin concentration

3. Demonstrate skills in Latin composition, Latin comprehension, the analysis of Latin literature, and understanding of the Roman cultural context within which literature was produced.

 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Classics Club; Eta Sigma Phi; Classics Honor Society
 

Advanced Degree Programs

History (M.A.), Latin (M.A.)