Classical Humanities


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Classical Humanities?

The intellectual foundation for Western culture comes from the ancient Greeks and Romans. Classics is the study of their language, literature, art, history, archaeology, and philosophy. This major is designed to deepen your understanding of the origins of our culture and at the same time offer alternatives to the social, political, and cultural values of our world.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Broad coursework

Consisting of seven faculty members with diverse interests, the classics program is larger and offers a fuller range of courses than many programs in the state, including rare courses such as Race and Ethnicity and Ancient Law. Miami offers a complete range of ancient Greek and ancient Latin courses as well as courses in art, archaeology, and ancient culture. Miami's classics instructors are recognized regionally and nationally for their teaching, scholarship, and leadership positions in organizations.

Top-notch facilities

The Interactive Language Resource Center (ILRC) welcomes all students at Miami University and is the technical hub of the four foreign language departments. Students enrolled in language courses use the ILRC to supplement and enhance their foreign language courses with language specific computer assisted language learning (CALL) software, access internet and network applications, and use various language learning specific software. Since the 1950s, when the Language Laboratory first opened to the public, the ILRC has strived to stay technologically advanced and up to date with the current trends in language learning techniques.

The ILRC serves an average of 17,800 visits each academic year. Since the ILRC began operations in 1956, we have recorded over 1,030,000 student visits to our facilities. Students have access to online movies and videos through our ILRC-Online video and file server. Up-to-date and current software allows students to create papers, reports, presentations, access the web, play simulated role-playing games, communicate and conference with each other, as well as have the resources to create many other projects and assignments. Students can print either black and white or color copies with our Pay-to-Print system.

The ILRC also assists other areas in the university, such as students in the departments and programs of American Studies, American Culture & English Program, Communication, Educational Psychology, English, Film Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Music, the Western Program, and even Accounting! We also assist the Graduate College and the College of Education with SPEAK testing (for all incoming graduate students whose native language is not English), Oral Proficiency Testing, and Written Proficiency Testing in several languages through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The ILRC also assists the College of Arts and Science, the four language departments, and the College’s Advising Office with the administration and maintenance of the foreign language placement exams throughout the year.

Study abroad

Miami's study abroad programs offer opportunities to observe first hand some of the art and architecture discussed in classes and to relate your classical humanities studies to other cultures. The Classics Department offers its own summer program in Italy.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, Classical Humanities majors are required to take classes such as Greek Civilization in its Mediterranean Context, Introduction to Roman Civilization, and Classical Mythology. You also choose remaining hours from areas like art, history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion to make up an integrated study plan. Knowledge and course work in at least one ancient language is also recommended. Many classics majors are interested in other subjects and choose double majors.

In your junior and senior years, you'll continue with upper-level classics courses. Your junior and senior years are flexible so you can take related hours in other programs, work on your double major, or pursue a study abroad opportunity.

What can I do with this major?

A graduate of classics can offer an employer the ability to read, write, and think analytically about a broad range of human concerns. Potential career areas include law, journalism, library science, publishing, and teaching. With an additional proficiency in a modern language, a classics major would be a strong candidate for positions in international business and diplomacy.

Many classics graduates decide to continue their education. While Miami does not offer a graduate program in classics, the department does provide a solid foundation for advanced work in the ancient languages and literature, comparative literature, archaeology, religion, history, creative writing, business, mythology, philosophy, and the sciences. Professional schools of law and medicine are also options.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Classics
105 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056