Degree Requirements

Major in Classics

All classics majors are required to take two of the following three introductory courses:

CLAS 150 The Greeks and the West
CLAS 151 Civilization of Rome
COLT 150x Literature and Western Civilization.

In addition all majors must have completed one of the two elementary language sequences (including GR 220 or LAT 222).

All majors must take seven additional courses from the list maintained by the classics undergraduate advisor. Of these seven, at least five must be courses offered by the Classics Department (i.e., CLAS, LAT, GR), and at least six must be numbered 300 or above. In selecting courses from allied fields (anthropology, art history, comparative literature, English, history, Judaic studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, religion, gender studies), the student must work closely with the classics undergraduate advisor. Course work in departments other than classics must be approved in advance by the undergraduate advisor in order to count for major credit.

Students are reminded that they must have a total of 32 upper division units (8 four-unit courses) to graduate at USC, and 24 upper division units (6 four-unit courses) in their major.

Special note to students anticipating graduate study in classics:
Students interested in attending graduate school in classics are advised to take as many courses in Greek and Latin as possible.  Most graduate programs expect at least 3 years of either Latin or Greek and 2 years in the other language.

Minor in Classics

The Classics minor requires one language course at the beginning-level (100-level) or above; four upper-division courses; and one course from either A or B:

CLAS 150 The Greeks and the West
CLAS 151 Civilization of Rome
CLAS 280 Classical Mythology

Second and third semester Latin or Greek courses (Greek 150, Greek 220, Latin 150, Latin 222)

Special note concerning advisement:
Because of the great flexibility built into the Classics major and minor, students are encouraged to have their course schedule approved by the undergraduate adviser regularly (every semester for majors).

To monitor the fulfillment of degree requirement students should consult Roberto Leni in the Office of College Advising. To discuss long range plans and interests, students should meet with Professor James Collins II, the department's faculty mentor for undergraduate students.

  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352