Arts & Sciences Classical Languages

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes-Greek; Latin
Advisor: Robert Gorman
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Classical Languages

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Classical Languages

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Robert Gorman


Chair: Stephen Lahey, 237 Andrews Hall

Professors: Burnett, S. Crawford, Lahey, Turner

Associate Professors: Athanassopoulos (anthropology), Duncan, Gorman, Komarovski, Rinkevich, Wood

Assistant Professor: Murray

Senior Lecturer: D. Crawford

Assistant Professor of Practice: Lippman

The courses and majors in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies have been designed to meet the needs of three categories of students:

1. Those who wish to pursue the subjects for general educational purposes;

2. Those who plan to major and do graduate work in classics or religious studies;

3. Those who want to become high school Latin teachers.

Any student who studies classics and religious studies will acquire the basic elements of a liberal education and a beneficial background for study in professional schools.

The Major in Classical Languages

This major is intended primarily for those interested in graduate study of the Greco-Roman world. As competency in both Greek and Latin is requisite for graduate study, students are strongly encouraged to take courses in both languages to complete the major. This major is also appropriate for students who wish to undertake advanced study in related fields such as linguistics, or to teach high school Latin.

Education Abroad. Advanced undergraduates are encouraged to further their education abroad. Students may choose from among several established programs that cover a full academic year, semester, or summer. Most ancient studies programs offer a variety of courses in classics, ancient and modern languages, and history. In addition, students are introduced to the archaeology and art of the culture by frequent trips to sites and museums. These programs include, but are not limited to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, College Year in Athens, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Also, UNL faculty frequently offer archaeological study tours to Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt during the summers. The department administers the Clarence A. Forbes Fellowship for education abroad. Further information on education abroad scholarships and programs may be found at


Specific Major Requirements

  • 24 hours of courses in Latin or Greek or Classics

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required:

1. To assemble and maintain a portfolio to include the syllabus and a copy of all written exams and assignments for each course taken for the major above 299.

2. In their senior year, to complete a translation/essay exam.

3. In their senior year, to complete a written exit survey.

The undergraduate advisor will inform students of the scheduling and format of assessment activities.

Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

Minor Requirements

A minor is required and may be any Plan A minor approved offered by the College with the consent of the advisor.


Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

Departmental permission to take major or minor courses for Pass/No Pass credit must be obtained. Request forms are available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirement

At least 18 of the 24 hours must be in Latin and/or Greek above 299. All Classics hours must be above 199.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules

Normally, no more than 6 hours of 399 credit may count towards major requirements.

Independent Study. Before registering for an independent study, students must consult with and gain the approval of a faculty member with whom they wish to work.

Internships. We encourage students to do internships that apply to the major. There are very specific requirements that must be met before an internship can be approved. Students must meet with a communication studies advisor to determine if they meet the internship requirements.


Requirements for the Minor in Greek and the Minor in Latin

  • 12 hours in Greek or Latin numbered above 299