The Classics program offers courses in English and beginning and advanced courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. In the Classics courses students learn about the literature and civilization of the ancient world as it is presented in the original writings of ancient poets, historians, orators, and philosophers. All reading is done in translation. 

Many of these courses fulfill the LASAR Humanities requirements. 

The Greek and Latin courses provide students with a reading knowledge of the ancient languages.

We offer a Classics major or minor, and majors in Ancient Greek and Latin.

The Classics Major is a new Humanities program that incorporates courses from other departments in order to emphasize the culture of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

This proposal adds a track in Classical Studies in order to make a major program available to students interested in the culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds who do not wish, or are not able, to complete the programs in ancient languages. This track will also incorporate courses in ancient studies from other departments (especially Philosophy, History, and Art) as well as from the Classics section, thereby broadly encouraging the study of the classical heritage. The new program will offer an opportunity to concentrate in this area to transfer students, education students, BALA or Journalism students, or any students who come to the subject after their freshman year or who wish to combine it with other, more professionally-oriented training, while providing a liberal arts concentration which is a useful background for careers in law, publishing and communication, creative work and the arts, or education.

The concentration in Classical Studies emphasizes cultural knowledge acquired through courses using materials in translation, and will make the experience of the language an optional part of the curriculum. This program will:
1) provide a liberal arts concentration which is a useful background for careers in law, publishing and communication, creative work and the arts, or education.

2) prepare those students who choose to study ancient languages within the program for graduate study in, e.g., Ancient History, Medieval Studies, or Comparative Literature as well as Classics.

3) foster the study of classics across the curriculum by drawing attention to the ancient studies courses offered in other departments which can be applied to this major.

4) encourage the study of Latin and Greek by offering a track in which those credits can be utilized even by students who do not finish the sequences.

Although each program has a distinctive character, there will be sufficient overlap among the programs in Greek, Latin, Classics and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies to allow students 
to shift their choice of major as their interests develop.

While the language-based programs remain the best preparation for graduate study in Classics (because they give students direct access to the sources) and provide a traditional option for distinguished undergraduate scholarly achievement, they now represent only one approach to the subject matter. While Classics at the graduate level has always been an interdisciplinary field with a language base, in the last three decades scholarship in Classics has evolved in such a way that the methods for evaluating source material (involving a knowledge of, e.g., history, religion, literary theory, comparative cultural studies) no longer need to presuppose linguistic mastery, and the critical examination of ancient texts and sources can be taught at the undergraduate level to students who have not studied the languages.

For the Major in Classical Studies
students will be required to take 36 credits, distributed as follows:

6 Core courses drawn from the 
following areas (18 credits):

Latin 101
Classics 150 or Comp. Lit 101 
(survey of classical literature)
Classics 120 or a course on the 
history of Ancient Greece
Classics 130 or a course on the 
history of Ancient Rome
Classics 140 (Classical Mythology)
Classics 240 or a course on the 
history of ancient Philosophy
Classics 250

Advanced credits (6):

Classics 300
A second section of Classics 300 or any other appropriate 300-level course or seminar from English, Art, History, Philosophy, or Comparative Literature (with adviser's approval).

Four electives (12 credits), chosen in consultation with the adviser, drawn from: Any course in Greek, Latin, or Classics not counted as a core course, such as:

Art 110, 205, 206, 207
Comparative Lit. 333, 334
Drama 201
English 380
History 113, 205, 206, 207, 208
Philosophy 140, 250, 264

Because the content of the courses which constitute some of the "core" courses, as well some of the electives which are introductory courses in other departments, are typically offered as part of an introductory liberal arts sequence in other colleges, transfer students are likely to have satisfied some of the requirements before entering Queens.

The major in Ancient Greek consists of a minimum of 12 credits beyond Greek 252; at least 6 credits of Latin beyond Latin 102 or its equivalent; and Classics 120, 130, and 140 (27 credits).   The major in Latin consists of a minimum of 15 credits of Latin beyond Latin 203; 
Greek 251 and 252 or their equivalent (8 credits); and Classics 120, 130, and 140 (9 credits).
Try These Links to the Ancient World

Perseus Project Home Page

Exploring Ancient World Cultures

Women's Life in Greece and Rome

 Courses in Translation

140. Classical Mythology 
Analysis and interpretation of Greek and Roman mythology: the various theories of its origins, a comparison with similar mythic elements in other ethnic groups, and the influence of the myths on the religious and patriotic concepts of classical times and on classical and modern languages and literatures.

150. Greek and Latin Classics in Translation
An introduction to the masterpieces that have made the literature of Greece and Rome an enduring part of the modern
heritage. The course includes Homer, Herodotus, Greek Tragedy, Greek and Roman Lyric, Greek and Roman Comedy, Roman Epic, and Ovid.

250. Ancient Epic and Tragedy
The study in English translation of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and their influence.

240. Religion and Philosophy in Ancient Greece and Rome
An examination of the official state cults, of unofficial forms of worship such as the mystery religions, of the influx and
spread of such Oriental deities as Mithra and Isis, and the rise of Christianity. Greek philosophical ideas that spread to
Rome and frequently supplemented or served in place of religion for some segments of the population are also studied.

Try These Ancient Greek Links

The Ancient Greek World

Ancient City of Athens

The Olympic Games

Try These Roman Links

Roman Art and Architecture 

Pompeii Forum Project

Vergil's Home Page


Joel B.Lidov, coordinator and advisor
Jinyo Kim
Ursula Schoenheim

Adjunct staff: 

Cameron Pearson


Classic, Middle Eastern, Asian Languages & Cultures
Tel: 718-997-5570 Fax: 718-997-5577

Late update: May 5, 2009