Classics

Program Features

A degree in Classics is designed to bring students into close contact with the world of the Romans and Greeks through the study of language, literature and culture. Students specialize in either the Latin or Greek language while pursuing courses in translation. Coursework also focuses on ethical and moral issues within Latin and Greek culture, enabling students to evaluate contemporary societal issues with a critical lens.

Curriculum

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

Fall

  • Latin 101 or Greek 101............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • English 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 2cr.

Spring

  • Latin 102 or Greek 102............ 3cr.
  • Classics Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theology 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Latin 211 or Greek 201............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Latin 212 or Greek 202............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspective............ 3cr.
  • English 205: Literature and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Latin or Greek Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language 101............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Latin or Greek Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language 102............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Capstone Thesis............ 3cr.
  • Latin or Greek Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language 201............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Capstone Thesis............ 3cr.
  • Latin or Greek Elective............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language 202............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General 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 major at Xavier:

Classics 205 - Classical Literature and the Moral Imagination - An examination of ethical and social issues drawn from the Greco-Roman past which illuminate contemporary society.

Classics 236 - Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome - What does it mean to be male, female, masculine, feminine, man, woman, boy, girl? What can be discovered about you from the way(s) you have sex and with whom? How are these things related to life, love, power? These are just some of the things that this course considers with reference to the peoples of ancient Greece and Rome and also (eventually) with reference to ourselves.

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, 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.

Study Abroad

Study abroad in Greece, where students take courses in theology, social sciences and fine arts. Course work is prepared beforehand and presented onsite, so if your presentation is about the Parthenon, you'll give your presentation at the Parthenon.


Trip Details

Get Connected

The Ohio Senior Classical League (OSCL) promotes classical studies through lectures and readings. Members attend national lectures sponsored by the Cincinnati chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.


OSCL Website

Research Opportunities

With the help of faculty, students complete high-level research projects and present findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and the Miami Undergraduate Conference in Classics.


Classics Faculty

Classics Major at Xavier University

The Classics program at Xavier University Xavier's program focuses on literature and language. Students specialize in either Latin or Greek while pursuing courses in translation. Through a close reading of ancient authors in the original language and broad exposure to texts in translation and secondary scholarship, a degree in Classics or Classical Humanities is designed to bring students into close contact with the world of the Romans and Greeks.

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."