Mar 03, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Classical Languages Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA5217

College of Arts and Sciences   
Classics and Religious Studies Department   
Ellis 201B
Phone: 740.597.2100
classics@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/cas/classics

Brian Collins, contact person
collinb1@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Classical languages majors learn about the ancient Mediterranean world from the Greek and Latin languages and literature and so understand its diversity at the most basic level. Classical languages majors study Greek or Latin through the 4000-level, and complete courses in classical civilization and archaeology. By the second year, students are ready to read ancient authors in the original languages. The aim is to gain proficiency in the chosen language, and familiarity with ancient authors and texts, genres and scholarship. The analytical skills and vocabulary recognition involved in learning these languages can be applied to other languages and subjects. Language majors who become proficient in Greek frequently pursue coursework in Latin and vice versa. Students in philosophy, English, history, and physics have also majored in classical languages. Classical languages majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher can complete a departmental honors thesis in one or two terms for 3-6 credit hours in addition to the regular requirements for the major. Preapproved application and interview required for departmental honors thesis.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admissions

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The skills of recognition and critical thinking acquired from studying classical languages and cultures prepare our students for graduate programs in Greek and Latin philology, archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, linguistics, and education. Outside academia, the classical languages major provides the tools to analyze language, write more precisely in English, and apply skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, and familiarity with humanities to many jobs. Possible employers include, but are not limited to, museums, historical societies, institutions of higher education, the local and state government, libraries, business corporations in various settings, etc. Our graduates have also gone on to law school, business school, high school teaching, college teaching and post-doctorate positions, and teaching English as a foreign language.

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Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


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A&S Language Requirement - B.A.


Complete either the Greek or Latin two-year language sequence.

Greek Two-Year Sequence


Complete the following courses:

Latin Two-Year Sequence


Complete the following courses:

Classical Languages Major Requirements


Complete 32 semester credit hours of classics and religious studies coursework, including all the requirements below.

Upper Level Language Courses


Complete 12 hours in the Greek or Latin sequence at the 3000- or 4000-level.

Departmental Electives


Complete 18 hours from any 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level CARS, GK, LAT course, and/or HIST 3291  and HIST 3292 .

Colloquium in Classics and Religious Studies


Complete 2 hours of the following course:

Senior Honors Thesis


Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will have the option of researching and writing a senior honors thesis.

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