Classical Studies

Classical Studies introduces students to many aspects of ancient civilization: the arts, history, philosophy, and the Latin and Greek languages. These are the source of many important intellectual and artistic achievements of Western civilization.

Law, medicine, the arts, and politics have been profoundly influenced by their roots in the Classics. In addition, Greek is the language of the New Testament; and Latin developed into the Romance languages, which include French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Moreover, Greek and Latin words are the source of almost half of English vocabulary.

Courses in Classical Studies not only provide knowledge of fundamental ideas of Western thought, but also foster a critical, inquiring spirit informed by a 3000-year perspective that reaches to the heart of education in the Humanities.

We offer a minor in Classical Studies with concentrations in Greek, Latin, and Classical Culture. For more information visit the Classical Studies Minor webpage.

Minor in Classical Studies

The Minor in Classical Studies is an excellent foundation for advanced work in other academic disciplines as well as professional programs in law, medicine and management. By presenting a broad selection of courses in the various disciplines of language, literature, philosophy, religious studies and history, the minor provides students with a sound introduction to study of the ancient world. Because of the continuity between ancient and modern cultures, it also gives students an opportunity to develop a keener perception and better understanding of the cultural forces at work in the contemporary world.

Depending on their other undergraduate or career goals, students will have the option of pursuing one or more of three concentrations within the Classical Studies minor: Greek, Latin or Classical Culture. The Concentrations in Greek and Latin focus on intensive study of the ancient languages, with significant additional exposure to Classical literature and culture in translation. The Concentration in Classical Culture offers the option of pursuing more general study of Classical literature and culture mostly or exclusively in translation.


  • Completion of 15 credit hours is required.
  • Nine credit hours must be taken at NC State and a maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution.
  • The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements for the minor.
  • A grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
  • No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.
  • A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements. 

For more information about the concentrations in Greek, Latin and Classical Culture, as well as their benefits, see the Classical Studies Minor webpage.

The Classical Studies Minor

Classical Studies Current Courses


CLA 115-301 (FLL)/601 (DELTA) Medical Terminology: Online, Prof. Mathews
Study of the formation of medical terms from their Greek and Latin roots designed both to build vocabulary and to teach the uses of a medical dictionary. Both sections taught via Internet.

CLA 215 Ancient World in Modern Media: TuTh 1:30-2:45, Prof. Mathews
Study of the ways classical myth and culture appear in modern media such as film, TV, comics, the Internet and others, with focus on why ancient stories, ideas and images are still appealing, but also how and why they are used in new ways with new meanings. All readings in English.

CLA 320 Masterpieces of Classical Literature--Greek and Roman Historiography: MW 1:30-2:45, Prof. Heinen
Study of great works of Greek and Latin literature in a genre such as tragedy, comedy, epic or lyric, with attention to both literary merit and cultural importance. This semester the genre will be Greek and Roman historians. All readings in English. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructors permission.

GRK 202 Intermediate Greek II: MW 3:00-4:15, Prof. Heinen
Continuation of Greek 201. Further development of reading skills in ancient Greek. This semester the readings will be taken from Attic drama. Prerequisite: GRK 201 or equivalent.

LAT 102-001/002 Elementary Latin II: MWF 8:30-9:20/9:35-10:25, Prof. Heinen
Continuation of Latin 101. Completion of the study of elementary grammar. Readings from a variety of Latin authors. Prerequisite: LAT 101 or equivalent.

LAT 202 Intermediate Latin II: TuTh 3:00-4:15, Prof. Mathews
Continuation of Latin 201. Further development of reading skills in ancient Latin. This semester the readings will be taken from Ovids Amores and Metamorphoses. Prerequisite: LAT 201 or equivalent.

Classical Studies Upcoming Courses


Gary Mathews
Teaching Associate Professor
Section Coordinator, Classical Studies
Office: Withers 227
Phone: 919-515-9306

Dustin Heinen
Teaching Assistant Professor
Office: Withers 306
Phone: 919-515-9280

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