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

Sections 301/601: Online, Prof. Mathews
Section 602: Online, Prof. Myers

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. All three sections taught via the Internet.

TuTh 10:15-11:30, 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.

Online, Prof. Heinen

Study of the formation of ideas and practices regarding gender, ethnicity, and identity in the ancient Greek and Roman world, with attention to both continuities and differences between ancient and modern views. All readings and discussion in English. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Taught via the Internet.

MWF 11:45-12:35, Prof. Heinen

Continued development of reading skill in ancient Greek. Readings to be determined through consultation between instructor and students. Prerequisite: GRK 201 or equivalent.

MWF 11:45-12:35, Prof. Heinen

Advanced Greek language course introducing students to research methods in classical studies. May be taken up to two times with different readings for credit. Taught in conjunction with GRK 202. Prerequisite: GRK 202 or equivalent.

MWF 9:35-10:25/12:50-1:40, 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.

TuTh 11:45-1:00, Prof. Mathews

Continued development of reading skill in Latin. This semester’s reading will include selections from Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita. Prerequisite: LAT 102 or equivalent.

TuTh 11:45-1:00, Prof. Mathews

Advanced Latin language course introducing students to research methods in classical studies. May be taken up to two times with different readings for credit. Taught in conjunction with LAT 202. Prerequisite: LAT 202 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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