The Greeks and the Romans laid foundations upon which Western Civilization rests. We owe to the Greeks the roots of much of our literature, science, philosophy and art, while the Romans gave the still living legacy of their language, literature and law to an empire that stretched from the North Sea to the Persian Gulf. To allow the student to share in this rich heritage, the Department of Classics offers courses in the languages, literature, history, philosophy and civilization of Greece and Rome.
Our courses in Greek and Roman Civilization are for students who wish to gain a general understanding of classical antiquity and are the usual basis for further work in Classics. The 2000 and 3000 level courses treat particular subjects and periods, but none of the Classics courses requires a knowledge of Greek or Latin.
There are, however, courses in the Greek and Latin languages for both beginning and advanced students. Those who wish to learn Greek and Latin are urged to begin their studies as early as possible in their university careers.
Students who pass in Classics 1010, 1020, 3120, 3420, 4310 and 4320 may claim credit for these courses in the Department of History.
Declaring a Minor
Current students can declare a minor in this program through their myUPEI account.
A Minor in Classics consists of 21 semester hours, distributed as follows:
- 6 hours in Greek or 6 hours in Latin.
- 6 hours in civilization courses; i.e. non-language courses offered by the Classics Department or cross-listed courses recommended by the Department.
- 9 hours of electives at the 2000 level or above; at least 3 of these 9 hours must be at the 3000 level or above.
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High School Graduates
Successful completion of Grade 12 examinations in a University Preparatory Program with an overall average of at least 70% (75% for Quebec Secondary V students) in the following subjects:
- one Social Studies or Language;
- any 3 other academic courses. Grade 12 math recommended.
Note: Grade 12 Math is a prerequisite for some 1st year Arts courses.
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