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Classics Department

Classics Department


Classics studies Greco-Roman antiquity from prehistory to the end of the Roman Empire in an interdisciplinary manner drawing on a variety of fields, including language and literature, history, art history, philosophy, religion, and anthropology. By studying classical material, one gains an understanding and appreciation of ancient cultures that continue to influence our own, and the ability to synthesize materials, providing students with an intellectual foundation leading to graduate work in a variety of fields.



    Minor in Classics Requirements

    The following courses are required (5 units):

    LA 101
    LA 102

    Three elective units from the following:
    any additional LA course
    ARH 215 (Introduction to Art History: Ancient to Medieval)
    ARH 216 (Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present)
    CL 150 (Urbanism and the City in Antiquity)
    CL 211 (Mythology)
    CL 225 (Introduction to Roman Culture)
    CL 301 (Greek Civilization)
    EH 280 (Greco-Roman Literature in Translation)
    PL 251 (Ancient Philosophy)


    Travel Opportunities in the Classics

    Classical studies travelThe American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers two competitive opportunities for study and fieldwork in Greece:

    The Agora excavation accepts volunteers for summer-long excavations, with a deadline in December.

    The ASCSA Summer Session leads faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates on an exceptionally rigorous and rewarding exploration of the Ancient Greek world, with unparalleled access to museums, archaeological sites, and subject matter experts.

    College Year in Athens remains one of the most popular programs for long term study abroad in Greece.

    Birmingham-Southern College also offers a classics related exploration term project:

    CL*E299*17 (Classical and Renaissance Italy) Prof. McInturff

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Mary Hamil Gilbert
Instructor of Classics
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254
Berte Humanities Center 310
Phone: (205) 226-7834