Minor in Classical Studies

Catalog Year: 2024-2025


The minor is designed for students who wish to become familiar with Classical cultures and broaden their knowledge of the foundations of Western civilization. It is especially relevant to students who are studying other areas of the humanities such as English, languages, comparative literature, history, art history, philosophy, or religious studies. The requirements of the minor provide flexibility so students can choose courses that are relevant to their primary interests.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Courses


CLAS 250 Classical Mythology (Mason Core) 3
Select one from the following: 3
The Legacy of Greece and Rome (Mason Core)
Greek and Roman Epic (Mason Core)
Greek and Roman Tragedy (Mason Core)
Greek and Roman Comedy (Mason Core)
Greek and Roman Novels (Mason Core)
Topics in Classical Literature and Culture
Total Credits 6

Classical History

Select one course from the following: 3
Classical Greece
Classical Rome
Topics in European History (when the topic deals with antiquity)
Total Credits 3

Classical Art History or Classical Philosophy

Select one course from the following: 3
Greek Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Roman Art and Archaeology (Mason Core)
Early Christian and Byzantine Art (Mason Core)
Special Topics in the History of Art (when the topic is relevant to Classical art history)
Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (Mason Core)
History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
Total Credits 3


Choose electives from the following: 6
Any course above not used to fulfill another requirement for the minor.
From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World (Mason Core)
Total Credits 6