Advising Handbook 2023-2024 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classical Studies

Classical Studies
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study: Values and Societies
Program: Minor
Now housed in History
Program Coordinator: Professor Judson Herrman

NB: the description below is current, but we are planning to revise significantly or eliminate the existing minor as the result of a self-study to be finished in the next year. Students who elect the minor currently will need to make several substitutions, since we have stopped offering our Latin curriculum, and the number of Classical Studies electives is diminishing. In most cases, students who are interested in Classical Studies should plan to take the History minor instead, since nearly all our current classical studies offerings are History courses. The only situation in which it now makes sense for an incoming student (whether transfer or first-year) to plan on a classical studies minor is if the student has Latin language courses to transfer. 

The current, though out-of-date, description follows:

The Classical Studies minor provides a broad-based introduction to ancient Greek and Roman civilization which includes components of Latin language study, history and cultural studies. Students gain familiarity with diverse aspects of the ancient world and learn how to formulate original arguments based on primary sources, both material and literary. The minor requires 20 credits. Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.

Course Requirements

  1. Latin language requirement (eight credits). Take at least eight credits of Latin language courses, which must be independent of any Latin courses used to satisfy any other requirements (i.e., no “double-counting” of Latin courses). Additional Latin courses may also be used for the Advanced course or Electives requirement for the minor. Students at the beginning level start with Latin 110 (offered every Fall), then 120 (offered every Spring). Students with high school experience should take the placement test and may be encouraged to start at the intermediate or advanced level; 215 and 315 are typically offered once per year. Because intermediate and advanced courses are not offered every semester, students with previous Latin experience are strongly encouraged to start Latin as soon as possible at Allegheny, and to contact Prof. Herrman as soon as possible to map out a plan for completing the minor. Any questions should be directed to Judson Herrman (, 814-332-4303.

2. Classical history requirement (four credits). Take one of the following:

  • History 101, The Greek World, 1184-323BCE
  • History 103, The Roman World, 753BCE-180CE

3. Advanced course requirement (four credits). Take one of the following:

  • History 550, Writing Ancient History
  • History 551, Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece
  • Latin 315, Advanced Latin

4. Elective (four credits). Take one of the following elective courses to bring the total credits for the minor to at least 20:

  • History 101, The Greek World, 1184-323BCE
  • History 103, The Roman World, 753BCE-180CE
  • History 320, Writing Ancient History (cannot be taken by students who take HIST 550)
  • History 321, Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece (cannot be taken by students who take HIST 551)
  • Latin 215, Intermediate Latin
  • World Languages and Culture (WLC) 270, Greek Mythology
  • Philosophy 260, Ancient Greek Philosophy

Students who take both History 101 and 103 may count one of them toward the elective requirement. Other appropriate courses may be included in the minor with the permission of the minor coordinator. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential course substitutions prior to enrolling in the course.