Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts

Program Features

Established in 1948, the Classics and Philosophy Honors A.B. (CPHAB) is the University's first and oldest honors program. True to Xavier's Jesuit heritage, the program emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of Classics (Latin and Greek) and Philosophy. Students study the classic texts of Western civilization while fostering deeper understanding of the values and ideals they embrace.

Students fulfill the University's core curriculum requirements and complete additional hours in the classical languages and philosophy. Many students double major (e.g. English, Psychology, History) or complete a Natural Science minor in preparation for the MCATs as pre-meds.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • LATIN 111 or LATIN 211............ 3cr.
  • GREEK 101............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • LATIN 112 or LATIN 212............ 3cr.
  • GREEK 102............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • LATIN 231 or LATIN 232............ 3cr.
  • GREEK 201............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • LATIN 241............ 3cr.
  • GREEK 202............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • GREEK Elective............ 3cr.
  • LATIN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • GREEK Elective............ 3cr.
  • LATIN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205: Literature and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Fall

  • GREEK Elective............ 3cr.
  • LATIN Elective............ 3cr.
  • Capstone Thesis I............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Capstone Thesis II............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts major at Xavier:

Latin 211 - A critical reading of selections from the orations.

Latin 241 - Intensive grammar instruction through composition into Latin from English.

Greek 380 - In addition to reading Greek texts in the original language, Greek 380 is designed to have an academic service learning component and/or a topic that engages a modern question to which ancient thought can be applied. The focus of the course will vary from semester to semester, but examples could include: war and peace, class, aesthetics, modern Italy, classics and the civil rights movement, feminism and classical literature, immigration, criminal justice, race, education;This requirement will make explicit the enduring connection between antiquity and the present.

Philosophy 100 - An introduction to philosophical thought by way of Plato's Republic and other readings in moral philosophy. Special emphasis on justice.

Philosophy 200 - An investigation of fundamental human questions by way of classic works of philosophy.

Classics 398-399 Capstone Thesis - This is the first part of the senior thesis/pre-seminar course that fulfills the Capstone Course requirement necessary for the completion of the Honors Bachelor of Arts curriculum. This course has as its goal the preparation of the thesis mandated for the completion of the HAB curriculum. This course will serve two purposes: (1) to prepare the student practically for the thesis in such areas as format, deadlines, selection of director and committee, presentation, organizing content, style, expectation, etc.; and (2) to help the student research and reflect on/discuss areas related to ideas and subject matter previously studied throughout the HAB program.

Clubs

Eta Sigma Phi

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek languages and culture. Members meet monthly to host movie nights, make trips to classical sites like the Parthenon in Nashville and discuss the classics

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's humanities majors, including Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Honors Advantages

Honors students enjoy priority registration and small class sizes. They also have the option to live among other Honors students in reserved residence hall wings, making it easy to find a study partner or a quiet corner.


Honors Benefits

Study Abroad

The honors programs at Xavier offer study abroad programs in London, Rome, Paris and Greece. The London and Rome programs last five weeks and incorporate two enriching seminars for class credit.


Honors Study Abroad Details

Research Opportunities

With help from professors, students complete a capstone thesis in their senior year, which connects to a second major or post-graduate and professional plans. Students present findings on campus and at national conferences.


Classics Faculty

Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts Major at Xavier University

Established in 1948, the Classics and Philosophy Honors A.B. is the University's very first honors program. True to Xavier's Jesuit heritage, the program emphasizes the interdisciplinary study of classics and philosophy. Students study the classic texts of Western civilization in the original Latin and Greek while fostering deeper understanding of the values and ideals they embrace.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."