What is Classics?
Classics is the integrated study of ancient Greek and Roman civilization.
What Does Classics Include?
Do you want to learn about Greek and Roman mythology? Read ancient Greek tragedy? Learn about gender and sexuality in the Greek and Roman worlds? Classes that deal with Greek and Roman culture, the history of the Ancient World, or classical literature in English translation are "Classical Humanities" courses.
Our Classical Humanities and Ancient History courses are given the CLSX code in the university's course catalogue. Many of our Ancient History course are cross-listed with History (HIST).
Find out more about Classical Humanities and Ancient History at KU.
Latin is the language of ancient Rome and its empire, but its legacy lives on today in our legal and scientific language, and in the language of the Catholic church. We teach Latin language at all levels, focusing not just on increasing fluency, but on reading and interpreting the literary texts of the ancient Roman world.
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Ancient Greek is the language of Sophoclean tragedy, Homeric epic, and Platonic philosophy. Our department teaches the Greek language at all levels, focusing not just on increasing fluency, but on reading and interpreting the literary texts of the ancient Greek world.
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We offer a full range of courses in Greek & Roman Art and Archaeology. Many of these courses make use of the Wilcox Classical Museum, meaning that students are able to gain hands-on experience of working with ancient artifacts in a museum environment.
Our Art and Archaeology courses can be found under the CLSX course in the university's course catalogue. Many of these courses are cross-listed with History of Art (HA).
Find out more about Classical Art, Archaeology, and Museum Studies at KU.
What Can You Do With a Classics Degree?
Earning a degree in Classics is a great way to get a general humanities education. Employers want to hire imaginative and creative people who can understand and explain concepts and abstractions and who are good writers and close readers - just the skills students develop while studying classics.
In recent years, KU Classics majors have gone on to become teachers and professors not just in Classics but in related fields such as History and Comparative Literature. Many have also gone on to law school and medical school. Others have gone on to pursue careers in Museum Studies and Library Science.