University of Pittsburgh

Minor in Classics: Language Track, Civilization Track

Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Nicholas F. Jones (

Classics is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Students may focus on the classics language track or the classical civilization track. Besides the sequences in the Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit languages, the department offers courses in Greek and Roman history, linguistics, literature (including comparative literature), mythology, philosophy, and social history.

The classics language track requires study of texts in the original languages while the classical civilization track makes use of these same texts in English translations. Both classics tracks qualify graduates for appropriate careers in teaching and library work but can also be used as preparation for non-classical academic and professional disciplines such as business, law, and medicine. The study of classics underlies any understanding of Western civilization. The field includes important literary and philosophical figures such as Homer, Plato, and Vergil; also, it provides a background for the study of Romance and other languages and assists in the proper use of English.

The Classics Department offers two types of minor, one in Classics (Greek and/or Latin), and one in Classical Civilization. The Classics minor consists exclusively of courses in Greek and/or Latin. For the Classical Civilization minor, no language courses are required, although language courses may be counted if the student wishes.

Sample Classics Minors

For advice on alternative plans, please consult with undergraduate advisor.

Classics track (languages)

Latin 0010, 0020, 0210, and 0220 (Latin 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Name Level Credits
Latin 1 Beginning 5 credits
Latin 2 Beginning 5 credits
Latin 3 Intermediate Prose 3 credits
Latin 4 Intermediate Verse 3 credits

(or) Greek 0010, 0020, 0210, and 0220 (Greek 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Name Level Credits
Greek 1 Beginning 5 credits
Greek 2 Beginning 5 credits
Greek 3 Intermediate Prose 3 credits
Greek 4 Intermediate Verse 3 credits

Classical Civilization track (minimal languages)

15 credits in Classics, Greek, or Latin courses, including at least one survey course in Greek civilization or history (3 credits), one survey course in Roman civilization or history (3 credits), and one course with a literary or textual component (3 credits). Any Greek or Latin course may count towards the literary/textual requirement.