Classical Studies Major

Overview of Program

The University of Scranton offers majors in Latin or Greek or a combination in Classical Studies with an emphasis on one language or the other. 

The program is small, personal, and flexible enough to accommodate the students’ interests. Graduates have gone on to receive M.A.s and teach in various high schools and prep schools, and some have gone on for their doctorates from Ivy League and other elite universities and are now teaching at the University level.

Why study the Classical Languages? Take a look at this flier for more information about the language and employment opportunities available for those who learn Latin or Greek!

Major Requirements

The requirements for a Latin major are 36 credits in Latin, beginning with Latin 111, with the possibility of replacing 6 language credits with the 213 Literature and Mythology sequence. The student will take an additional 12 credits in another language (ideally Ancient Greek) as a concentration.

A major in Greek requires 36 credits in Ancient Greek, again starting at the elementary level, with the possibility of replacing 6 credits with the Literature and Mythology sequence. The student will take an additional 12 credits in another language (ideally Latin) as a concentration.

A major in Classical studies customarily includes 24 credits in either Latin or Ancient Greek, 12 credits in the other language, and a concentration in a third language.

After Elementary and Intermediate, students take the remainder of their coursework in Readers with their professor and can tailor those readers to fit their interests. Among the authors offered in the last few years are Euripides, Sophocles, Xenophon and Homer on the Greek side; and Tacitus, Catullus, Vergil, and Cicero on the Latin side.  Students have also taken coursework on special topics, including imperial Rome, ancient medicine, and early Christian writers.

Classics Courses Offered

  • Elementary Latin
  • Readings in Latin Literature
  • Latin Literature and Mythology
  • Greek Literature and Mythology

Contact Information

Faculty:

Joseph Wilson, Ph.D., Professor of Latin and Greek

To learn more about the Classical Studies program, contact Dr. Joseph Wilson.

Dr. Joseph Wilson 
joseph.wilson@scranton.edu
323 O'Hara Hall
570-941-4220