Degree Requirements in Classics

Course of Study: Major

There are three major concentrations: Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization. Students who major in the classics program must complete at least 15 credits of the major in 300-level or above courses in residence at UWM. All students must complete a research experience in their major.

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Classical Civilization Major Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who wish to study classical literature and culture without pursuing coursework in the original languages. Courses in ancient Greek and Latin are optional and may count toward fulfilling major requirements.

Completion of this major concentration requires a minimum of 33 credits. Students must complete the following:

  • Classic 170 - Classical Mythology, 3 credits
  • Classic 201 - Introduction to Greek Life and Literature, 3 credits
  • Classic 202 - Introduction to Roman Life and Literature, 3 credits

Nine additional credits in the Classics curricular area (not Greek or Latin) at the 300 level or above.

For the remaining credits, students may choose from among any Classics, Greek, or Latin courses. Up to 6 credits of these elective courses may include approved courses in related disciplines (see list of approved electives below). A minimum of 15 credits in all courses taken for this concentration must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. Students must complete the L&S research requirement in the context of a Classics, Greek, or Latin course of their choosing at the 300 level or above, under the supervision of the instructor of that course.

Approved Electives

  • ArtHist 312 - Minoan and Mycenaen Art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 313 - Greek Art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 315 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
  • ArtHist 316 - Roman Art and Archaeology
  • ArtHist 412 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece
  • ArtHist 413 - Greek Sculpture
  • ArtHist 414 - Greek Vase Painting
  • ArtHist 416 - Roman Architecture
  • Hebr St 236 - The Biblical World
  • Hist 201 - The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece
  • Hist 202 - The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire
  • Hist 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization (jointly offered w/Classic 274)
  • Hist 303 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State
  • Hist 304 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Age of Alexander the Great
  • Hist 307 - A History of Rome: The Republic
  • Hist 308 - A History of Rome: The Empire
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: "Paganism in the Ancient World"
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History: "Rome in the Age of Constantine--Society and Culture"
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: "Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire"
  • Philos 430 - History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Philos 550 (450) - Plato
  • Philos 551 (451) - Aristotle
  • Philos 552 (452) - Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Ancient Greek Language and Literature Major Concentration

The Ancient Greek Language and Literature Major Concentration requires the completion of 33 credits, including the following:
  • Greek 103 - First Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 104 - Second Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 205 - Third Semester Greek, 4 credits

Four additional courses (12 credits) in Greek at the 300-level or above.

  • Classic 201 - Introduction to Greek Life and Literature

Six additional credits chosen from Greek, Latin, and Classic courses

A total of 15 credits of all courses must be taken at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. Students must complete the L&S research requirement in the context of a Greek or Classic course of their choosing at the 300 level or above, under the supervision of the instructor of that course.

Classical Latin Language and Literature Major Concentration

The Classical Latin Language and Literature Major Concentration requires the completion of 33 credits, including the following:
  • Latin 103 - First Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 104 - Second Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 205 - Third Semester Latin, 4 credits

Four additional courses (12 credits) in Latin at the 300-level or above.

  • Classic 202 - Introduction to Roman Life and Literature

Six additional credits chosen from Latin, Greek, and Classic courses

A total of 15 credits of all courses taken must be at the 300 level or above in residence at UWM. Students must complete the L&S research requirement in the context of a Latin or Classic course of their choosing at the 300 level or above, under the supervision of the instructor of that course.


Course of Study: Minor

There are three minor concentrations: Classical Civilization, Ancient Greek Language and Literature, and Classical Latin Language and Literature. Completion of each minor concentration requires a minimum of 21 credits, at least 9 of which must be upper-division (300 level and above) courses completed in residence at UWM.

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Minor Concentration in Classical Civilization

The Classical Civilization Minor Concentration requires completion of a minimum of 21 credits, including the following:

  • Classic 170 - Classical Mythology
  • Classic 201 - Introduction to Greek Life and Literature
  • Classic 202 - Introduction to Roman Life and Literature

Six additional credits in Classic curricular area courses (not Greek or Latin) at the 300 level or above

For the remaining 6 credits, students may choose from among any Classic, Greek, or Latin courses; at least 3 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above.

Minor Concentration in Ancient Greek Language and Literature

The Ancient Greek Language and Literature Minor Concentration requires completion of a minimum of 21 credits, including the following:

  • Greek 103 - First Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 104 - Second Semester Greek, 4 credits
  • Greek 205 - Third Semester Greek, 4 credits

Nine additional credits, 6 of which must be in Greek at the 300 level or above; the remaining 3 credits may be in Greek or Classic at the 300 level or above.

Minor Concentration in Classical Latin Language and Literature

The Classical Latin Language and Literature minor concentration requires completion of a minimum of 21 credits, including the following:

  • Latin 103 - First Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 104 - Second Semester Latin, 4 credits
  • Latin 205 - Third Semester Latin, 4 credits

Nine additional credits, 6 of which must be in Latin at the 300 level or above; the remaining 3 credits may be in Latin or Classic at the 300 level or above.