οὐκ Ἀθηναῖος οὐδ᾽ Ἕλλην ἀλλὰ κόσμιος. "I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world." -- Socrates (quoted by Plutarch)

Why Study Foreign Language?

The ancient Greeks and Romans began and indeed greatly advanced what is known as Western civilization. They were as concerned about the fundamental issues of life, love and death as we are today. The program is designed to introduce students to the most important areas of classical civilization including art, history, philosophy, language and literature. A separate major in the Latin language is available.



The major in classical civilization requires 30 hours. Classical Mythology, Roman Life, Greek Civilization and Roman Civilization are the required core courses. Six electives are chosen from the following Pre-classical Art, Greek Art, Art of Etruria and Rome, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Ancient Greece, Roman Revolution: From Gracchi through Caesar Augustus, History of Ancient Philosophy, or any classical civilization, Greek or Latin courses not used to fulfill a foreign language requirement. Although not required, Latin and Greek language courses are highly recommended.

CLCV Why Study Classics?

Excellent Content and High Impact Learning Strategies

A degree in Classical Studies offers great content from two of the world’s most influential ancient cultures: Greece and Rome. Its courses emphasize creativity, interpreting, listening, reading and writing, asking you to view material empathetically and from multiple perspectives so as to create conclusions that acknowledge life’s complexities and nuances. Through interesting and engaging content you develop a disciplined and organized approach to learning; you grapple with life’s big questions; and you develop flexibility in considering problems and devising solutions.

Transferable Skills

A degree in Classical Studies offers you the opportunity to develop transferable skills in a range of areas. You will be a problem-solver and critical thinker who can analyze information, draw conclusions, see different sides of an argument, and persuasively communicate. You will learn to collaborate, to have a greater awareness of yourself and of the world, and to tolerate ambiguity, difference, and diversity. You’ll be able to build sound arguments and to conduct independent research.


Employers highly value all of the above:

"The big benefit of a bachelor’s degree is soft skills,” says Marie Artim, Enterprise’s vice president. We recognize that great talent can come from all types of institutions," Artim says, "all types of majors and backgrounds" (“Why Thousands of College Grads Start their Careers at a Rental-Car Company,” Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/10/2019).

“The top seven skills required to be successful at Google were all "soft skills", including being a good coach; communication and listening skills; openness to new ideas; empathy; critical thinking; problem solving; and complex thinking and planning skills.” ‘Soft Skills’ are essential. Just ask Google,” Sydney Morning Herald, 6/23/2919).

Kumar is not looking just for “problem solvers,’’ he says, but “problem-finders,’’ people with diverse interests — art, literature, science, anthropology — who can identify things that people want before people even know they want them (New York Times, “After the Pandemic, a Revolution in Education and Work Awaits,” Thomas Friedman, 10/20/2020).


A Variety of Career Options

Classical Studies graduates have gone into a variety of careers, including the following:

·       accountancy and finance

·       administration 

·       armed forces 

·       business

·       entrepreneurship

·       graduate school in Archaeology, Classical Studies, History, Philology, Philosophy

·       intelligence

·       journalism

·       law

·       local government

·       marketing

·       medicine

·       museums

·       non-government organizations

·       recruitment

·       social work

·       teaching, elementary, high school, or college

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First Year

Elementary or  Intermediate Latin (6)
Greek and Roman Literature (6)


Second Year

Intermediate Latin or Latin Literature (6)
Classical Mythology (3)
Ancient Philosophy (3)


Third Year

Elementary Greek (8)
Latin Literature (3)
Ancient History (3)
Roman Life (3)

Fourth Year

Intermediate Greek (6)
Art History (3)
Latin Literature (3)

Philip S. Peek, Chair

Classical Studies Program
World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Bowling Green State University

Updated: 04/08/2021 01:28PM