Classics is the study of the literature, languages, cultures and societies of ancient Greece and Rome. It is one of the oldest of the liberal arts disciplines.
The popularity of movies like 300, Gladiator, and Troy, have renewed students' interest in mythology and the study of classics.
Whether you choose to major or minor in Classics or just take a few classes of interest, students in this field are exposed to the history, literature, art and architecture, archaeology, language, and religion of ancient times. Many classes are in English but some offer the subject matter in its original format of Greek or Latin. Many pre-med majors also find that an introduction to Latin vocabulary serves as an exceptional preparation for medical school where much of the terminology originated from Latin.
Classics is an original liberal arts field and is designed to prepare students for any type of profession that emphasizes critical analysis, reading of dense texts, and oral and written communication. Law school is a popular destination after college, though certainly not the only option. A student's career choices after college will be guided by how they applied their coursework to real world applications during college. A student who volunteered and interned in museums and galleries may find work in that industry. A student who obtained work experience during college in library reference may pursue that line of work after graduation.
There are three minor concentrations:
- Classical Civilization
- Ancient Greek Language and Literature
- 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 courses (300 level and above) completed in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 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||3|
|CLASSIC 201||Introduction to Greek Life and Literature||3|
|CLASSIC 202||Introduction to Roman Life and Literature||3|
|Select six additional credits in Classic (not Greek or Latin language) curricular area courses at the 300 level or above||6|
|Select six credits from among any Classic, Greek, or Latin courses (at least 3 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above)||6|
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|
|GREEK 104||Second Semester Greek||4|
|GREEK 205||Third Semester Greek (or equivalent)||4|
|Select 6 credits in Greek at the 300 level or above||6|
|Select 3 credits in Greek or Classic at the 300 level or above||3|
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|
|LATIN 104||Second Semester Latin||4|
|LATIN 205||Third Semester Latin (or equivalent)||4|
|Select 6 credits in Latin at the 300 level or above||6|
|Select 3 credits in Latin or Classic at the 300 level or above||3|