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.

Career Opportunities

The classical civilization major is excellent preparation for students who wish to do graduate work in ancient art, history, or philosophy. This major is appropriate for students who wish to teach at the college or university level. However, students who wish to teach Latin should complete the Latin major, which carries high school certification through the College of Education and Human Development.



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.

High School Preparation

Students with an interest in classical civilization should take advantage of the opportunity to study as much Latin as possible while in high school. BGSU students with four years of high school Latin can move directly into courses which count towards the major. Students who have had two years of high school Latin usually take two college courses to complete the equivalent of the third and fourth years.

Students should follow a college preparatory curriculum that includes four units (credits) of English, three units of college preparatory mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, two units of the same foreign language and one unit of the visual or performing arts. Students who have not taken all these recommended courses may be required to take University courses to make up for any deficiencies.

Sample Program

Following is a typical program for a student with two years of high school Latin. Other programs may be constructed and individual courses selected will depend on the minor chosen, personal interests, career objectives, elective possibilities and high school preparation. The numbers in parentheses indicate credit hours.

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, Director

Classical Studies Program
Department of Romance and Classical Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Bowling Green State University