Classical Languages - Greek and Latin


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Classical Languages - Greek and Latin?

The languages of the ancient world have much to teach us about our own lives. Modern customs, philosophy, art, literature, and language all hold roots in ancient Greece and Rome. By studying classical Greek and Latin, you will be able to read literature of lasting influence in its original form, and relate it to today's world. You will also be introduced to a variety of related areas such as archaeology, history, mythology, philosophy, and religion.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Communicate internationally

You can view important events from around the world on SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning), the international news programming network which is part of Miami's academic cable television system. You also have access to international email networks and bulletin boards through Netscape.

Expand your career options

The foreign language majors at Miami are designed to allow you to complete a second major within four years. This broadens your education as well as your career possibilities.

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.

Small class size

The Classical Languages major feature classes that are small and highly individualized. No more than 20 students are in introductory classes, and upper-level classes have fewer than 10 students. For all majors, knowledge of at least one other foreign language is recommended.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

During your first year of study at Miami, depending on your foreign language experience in high school, you may take Latin, Greek, or another language as well as foundation courses in mythology, Greek civilization, and Roman civilization. You will also concentrate on the Global Miami Plan, a well-rounded course of study that provides you with an excellent liberal arts education. Many classics majors are interested in other subjects and choose double majors.

In your sophomore year, you may continue your language instruction in addition to taking upper-level classics courses. Students planning to pursue classics in graduate school are advised to take French or German through their senior year.

In your junior and senior years, you'll continue with upper-level classics courses. If you decide to study abroad during the Fall or Spring terms, you are advised to consider doing that your Junior year.

What can I do with this major?

Because courses in Greek and Latin emphasize the development of skills in close reading and effective writing, graduates of this program are well suited to any career requiring analytical thought and communication. Journalism, library science, publishing, and business are some fields which employ classics graduates. Those who have additional proficiency in a modern language are strong candidates for positions in international business and diplomacy.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Classics
105 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056