The University of Colorado Department of Classics offers a complete sequence of courses in ancient Greek and Latin and a variety of courses in English translation on the literature, philosophy, history, art and archaeology of the ancient world.
These courses are for students looking to fulfill their requirements in the Core Curriculum or major in Classics, desiring to learn an ancient language or just interested in the world of antiquity. We offer a number of options for majors, as well as a minor in Classics. We hope that this short guide will help you to choose among the possibilities that are right for you. If you still have questions after consulting this guide and the University catalog, there are people ready to explain the program and make the riches of the classical world accessible: the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Carole Newlands, the Graduate Faculty Advisor, Lauri Reitzammer, the Department Chair, John Gibert or the many other members of the department. The department office is located in Humanities 340. We can also be reached by phone 303-492-6257 or email.
Many of our majors go on to graduate school in Classics, Archaeology, English, History, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Information Science, or Museum Studies. Alumni who began their careers as Classics majors have also gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and administrators, members of the diplomatic service, engineers, businesswomen and men, and entrepreneurs of all types. Undergraduates interested in law or medicine will be especially pleased to discover that law schools and medical schools have a long history of accepting Classics students. You will leave Boulder with a good education because you have learned not only to pay attention to detail and to memorize facts but also to analyze and interpret; because, through your study of Latin and Greek, your knowledge of language and its use will be vastly improved; and because you have pondered the irrational, noble, corrupt, idealistic, mundane, and creative qualities that characterize the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome to world culture.
Note: For purposes of the four-year guarantee in the College of Arts and Sciences (see the university catalog), the Classics Department defines adequate progress as follows: "Students wishing to graduate in four years must declare the Classics major and begin course work in the major by the third semester. They must also successfully complete 1/3 of the hour requirements for the major by the end of the fourth semester and 2/3 of the hour requirements for the major by the end of the sixth semester." A full description of the guarantee is available from the academic advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences.