Classical Studies Major - B.A. Program
Upon graduation, students earning this degree should be able to demonstrate:
1. Linguistic proficieny
Students who pursue a Classical Studies major will develop intermediate proficiency in the grammar and syntax of the Greek and/or Latin languages, which will enable them to begin to read passages in the original texts, understand the substance of those passages, and translate them accurately. Texts may include philosophical, historical, poetic and religious literature (including the Greek New Testament).
2. Proficiency in writing
Students majoring in Classics will develop proficiency in doing the several kinds of writing that characterize scholarly writing in foreign languages and the humanities: i.e. written translations from Greek or Latin into English, informal journaling, brief essays for tests, formal critical essays, and research papers. During this process students will develop the sensitivity to determine which forms of writing are appropriate for which occasions.
3. Knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman cultures
Students majoring in Classics will become familiar with the main figures and movements in classical literature, history, religion, and material culture from Homer (8th century BC) through Augustine (5th century AD) to the early middle ages. In particular, they will understand the cultural diversity of the ancient Mediterranean world and the interplay among the cultures of that region over the centuries of its development.
4. Engagement with ancient Greek and Roman cultures
Classical Studies majors will be able to articulate some of the ways in which a Christian might reflect on the ancient Greek and Roman world and its reception, particularly in contemporary culture. Our students’ Christian perspectives will reach beyond both uncritical acceptance and uncharitable dismissal of the legacy of ancient paganism; rather, they will discern in the legacy of ancient Greek and Roman cultures the manifestations of God’s common grace and the signs of human depravity. By their graduation, Classics majors in all of our programs will recognize the value of classical culture for contemporary life, and they will seek to preserve, enjoy, evaluate, and employ that heritage as part of their Christian calling and as an antidote to historical amnesia.