International Letters and Cultures (Classical Civilization) (BA)

Classics is a transdisciplinary field that includes the study of the literature, art, history and philosophy of the ancient Greeks and Romans, subjects which fueled the Renaissance and have continued to provide an intellectual foundation for innovative and influential people ever since.

ASU's BA program in international letters and cultures with a concentration in classical civilization provides a thorough grounding in the culture and history of the ancient Greeks or Romans while allowing students to satisfy their language requirement. The degree begins with two cores: an introduction to ancient Greek and Roman literature (read in English translation) and knowledge of ancient history. With that basis, students are allowed to build a program to meet their needs and interests. Among the variety of topics students pursue are:

  • ancient history, war, politics and economics
  • archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world
  • art and architecture of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
  • mythology and religious practices of the Greeks and Romans
  • thought of figures such as Plato, Aristotle and Lucretius
  • use of the classics in today's film, books and other media

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International Letters and Cultures (Classical Civilization) (BA)
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Career Outlook

College graduates with a degree in classical civilization have the valuable experience of studying a culture very different from, and yet lying at the root of, the modern world. This gives them a perspective that serves them well in a variety of disciplines. Classical civilization graduates may consider careers in:

  • business
  • film, television or multimedia
  • K-12 education
  • law
  • public service
  • writing and editing (fiction, journalism, technical writing)

Additional education may be required for some career fields.

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