The interdisciplinary minor in Ancient Civilization introduces students to the history, literature, art, philosophy, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Students explore the world of the Greeks and Romans by reading primary texts in English translation and by studying their art and archaeological remains. Studying the Latin or Greek languages is not required.

Students will:

  • investigate the deep connections between the ancient world and our own
  • confront the foreignness of Greek and Roman cultures
  • develop analytical skills that will be useful in any future career

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 Greek Civilization, or CLAS 2205 Greek History
  • One broad gauge course in the Roman world: either CLAS 2262 The City of Rome, or CLAS 2206 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. However, courses in the Greek and Latin languages do not normally count for the minor.

Sample courses include:

  • Classical Mythology
  • Roman Spectacles
  • Multiculturalism in the Roman Empire
  • Roman Law and Family
  • Art and Myth in Ancient Greece
  • Culture of Athenian Democracy
  • Greeks and Barbarians
See the complete list of eligible courses in recent and upcoming semesters.

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