International Letters and Cultures (Classics) (BA)

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

The BA program in international letters and cultures with a concentration in classics begins with two cores: language skills in ancient Greek or Latin (or, if the student chooses, both) and knowledge of ancient history. With that basis, students build a program to meet their needs and interests. Among the variety of topics students pursue are:

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

In addition to the concentration in classics, ASU also offers a classical civilization concentration with a similar focus but different language requirements. Students should consult their advisor and choose the concentration that best meets their needs.

Degree Offered

International Letters and Cultures (Classics) (BA)
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Career Outlook

College graduates with a degree in the classics have developed skills in research and the precise use and analysis of language that will serve them well in a wide range of fields. The transdisciplinary study of a culture very different from the modern world, yet lying at the root of it, also fosters a student's ability to view issues from many angles and think critically about them. Classics graduates often find careers in:

  • business
  • Christian ministry
  • film, television and multimedia
  • law
  • politics
  • education
  • writing and editing (fiction, journalism, technical writing)

As many employers are well aware, a classics graduate has the training to solve difficult puzzles, to see through obscure language, and to conduct rigorous research on often ill-defined problems. These skills are prized in any field of endeavor.

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