BA in Classics

Classics major Ashley Cohen

Classics major Ashley Cohen with her award-winning poster at the 2018 Celebration of Academic Excellence

Undergraduate majors discover the legacy of the Greek and Roman world and its historical importance in our own culture by:

  • Gaining knowledge of the fundamental elements of classics through study of the languages, Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology and culture/
  • Developing their ability to read and analyze texts closely, whether in translation or in the original language.
  • Demonstrating this ability through expertise in writing papers and drawing on research tools, such as texts, documents, physical remains, scholarly articles and books, theoretical approaches and digital tools,
  • Taking advantage of supplemental classroom learning with experience abroad, whether as part of an archaeological expedition or study abroad program.
Undergraduate students visit the Roman Forum

Touring the Roman Forum

Degree Requirements

The BA in Classics degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework (not including 100-level languages courses) and may be completed in any one of the following six concentrations:

Classics Major

Ancient Greek Language and Literature

  • CL 222 Greek Civilization
  • CL 223 Roman Civilization
  • Five courses in 200-400 level Greek
  • One course on Greek art or archaeology
  • Two 300-400 level Classics courses or approved 300-400 level courses in other departments
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

Classical Languages and Literatures

  • CL 222 Greek Civilization
  • CL 223 Roman Civilization
  • Both Greek and Latin through the 200 Level
  • Two courses in either language at the 300-400 level
  • One course in ancient art or archaeology
  • One 300-400 level Classics course or approved 300-400 level course in another department
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

Latin Language and Literature

  • CL 222 Greek Civilization
  • CL 223 Roman Civilization
  • Five courses in 200-400 level Latin
  • One course on Roman art or archaeology
  • Two 300-400 level Classics courses or approved 300-400 level courses in other departments
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

Classical Civilization Major

Ancient History

  • Greek or Latin through the 200 level
  • One course in each of the following four areas:
  1. Roman history
  2. Greek history
  3. The history of a non-Classical ancient, medieval or early modern culture
  4. The method or theory of a related field (i.e. anthropology, art history, gender studies, developmental economics or post-ancient history)
  • Three courses in the history, archaeology, art and/or literature of a single ancient Mediterranean culture
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

Classical Civilization

  • CL 222 Greek Civilization
  • CL 223 Roman Civilization
  • Greek or Latin through the 200 level
  • One course in each of the following areas:
  1. Ancient literature in translation*
  2. Ancient art or archaeology
  3. The classical tradition in later societies**
  • Three 300-400 level Classics courses or approved 300-400 level courses in other departments
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

*A course of “ancient literature in translation” is any course that focuses on the literature of Greek, Roman or Near Eastern society, but does not require it to be read in the original language. E.g.: CL 205 Heroes; CL 313 Classical Mythology; CL 315 Epic in Translation; or CL 316 Greek Drama in Translation

**A course of “classics in later tradition” is any course – often offered in English, art history, political science or philosophy – that traces the legacy of the ancient world in later cultures. E.g.: ENG 375 Heaven, Hell, and Judgment; ENG 315 Milton; or PHI 366 Medieval Philosophy

Students interested in concentrating in ancient religions should make an appointment to meet with the director of undergraduate studies to discuss a sequence of courses.

Mediterranean Archaeology

  • Greek or Latin through the 200 level
  • One course in each of the following two areas:
  1. Roman archaeology
  2. Greek archaeology
  • One course in the method, history or theory of archaeology or an approved field program
  • Two courses in the archaeology of a non-Mediterranean culture
  • Three courses in the archaeology, history, art and/or literature of a single ancient Mediterranean culture
  • CL 494 Classics Capstone

Acceptance Criteria

Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate major must complete all General Education Requirements with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Only courses at the 200-level or above may be used to satisfy requirements.

Student Testimonials

"What I like best about the Department of Classics is that it is small so you really get a chance to connect with professors and other students, forming relationships and connections that are difficult to make in a larger department."
– Ashley Cohen, BA '18

Contact

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0451

dat6@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-0451

dat6@buffalo.edu

Alison Blaszak

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu

Graduate and Undergraduate Secretary
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

338 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0467

Fax: (716) 645-2225

ablaszak@buffalo.edu