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.
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.
CLA 210-601 (DELTA) Classical Mythology: Online, Prof. Heinen
Greek and Roman mythology through the writings and art of the Classical period. Discussion of creation stories, major gods and heroes, the underworld and afterlife, the intellectual, religious and educational role of myth, and the main theories of interpretation and classification. All readings in English.
CLA 320-001 Greek and Roman Comedy: TuTh 1:30-2:45, Prof. Mathews
Study of Greek Old Comedy (Aristophanes) and Greek and Roman New Comedy (Menander, Plautus and Terence), the sources of all our modern comedy (e.g., TV sitcoms, romantic comedy films, comic opera). Discussions will pay attention to both literary merit and cultural importance. All readings and discussion in English. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructor’s permission.
GRK 101-001 Elementary Greek I: TuTh 3:00-4:15, Prof. Mathews
Introduction to Classical Greek. Greek alphabet, basic grammar and syntax. Readings based on Greek mythology, philosophy, and literature.
LAT 101 Elementary Latin I
Section 001: MWF 8:30-9:20, Prof. Heinen
Section 002: MWF 9:35-10:25, Prof. Heinen
Beginning course in Classical Latin, emphasizing elementary grammatical forms and basic syntax. Readings based on brief selections from Roman authors.
LAT 201-001 Intermediate Latin I: MWF 11:45-12:35, Prof. Heinen
Introduction to Latin prose and poetry. Review of grammar fundamentals and exposure to new and more complex syntax. Examination of cultural significance of readings. Prerequisite: LAT 102 or equivalent.
LAT 399-001 Directed Readings in Latin: MWF 11:45-12:35, Prof. Heinen
Advanced Latin literature course, introducing students to research methods in Classical Studies. Taught in conjunction with LAT 201. Prerequisite: LAT 202 or equivalent.
Society of Ancient and Classical Studies
The NC State Classics Club meets at the pleasure of its members in the Fall and Spring semester. The club consists of Classics enthusiasts of languages and the ancient world. We look for amusing ways to enjoy the Classical elements of life in the Triangle, such as dining at the Greek and Italian restaurants, putting on a Roman play, or visiting Classical exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Tools and Resources for Classical Studies