The interdisciplinary minor in Ancient Civilization introduces students to the history, literature, art, philosophy, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Students explore the fascinating world of the Greeks and Romans, by reading primary texts in English translation. The program is recommended for students in any major who want to learn about the ancient world in a coherent program without committing to language study.


The minor consists of six courses (18 credits or more), two required and four electives.

Required courses:

  • One broad gauge course in the Greek world: either CLAS 1186-01 Greek Civilization, or
    CLAS 2205-01 Greek History
  • One broad gauge course in the Roman world: either CLAS 2262-01 The City of Rome, or
    CLAS 2206-01 Roman History


The four electives may be chosen from various offerings in the areas of literature, philosophy, history, art, and religion, taught in Classics and other departments. The department will provide a list of eligible courses each semester.


For questions about the Minor, including questions about the eligibility of particular courses from outside the Classics department, please contact:

Professor Mark Thatcher
Director of the Minor in Ancient Civilization
Stokes S245