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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Classics BA - Classical Civilizations Concentration

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The ancient Greeks and Romans left behind more than stone ruins of buildings. Their legacy of discovery and achievement has influenced our world for more than 2,000 years-and continues to shape our culture today. At UB, you’ll be part of the only classics department in the SUNY system, where you can dive into history, archaeology, mythology and more as you draw connections between the past and the present.

Visit the Classics academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Classics department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Classics BA - Classical Civilizations concentration will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Six Classics Electives (18 credits)

Minimum of 5 out of 6 courses must be at the 300/400 level. At least 1 course from each of the following categories: 

Total Credits Required for Major: 43

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • CL 300 - 400 Elective: Lit & Culture Category Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • CL 300 - 400 Elective: History Category Credits: 3
  • CL 300 - 400 Elective: Arch Category Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Year Fall

  • CL 300 - 400 Elective: Arch, History or Lit & Culture Category Credits: 3
  • CL 300 - 400 Elective: Arch, History or Lit & Culture Category Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:

  • Gain knowledge of the fundamental elements of Classics, through study of the languages, classes in Greek and Roman history, art and archaeology, and culture
  • Develop their ability to read and analyze texts closely, whether in translation or in the original language
  • Demonstrate their ability to write papers, drawing on research tools in the various subdisciplines - texts, documents, physical remains, scholarly articles and books, theoretical approaches, and digital tools
  • Understand the legacy of the Greek and Roman world, its historical importance in our own culture
  • Be encouraged to supplement classroom learning with experience abroad, whether as part of an archaeological expedition or study abroad program


(HEGIS: 15.04 CLASSICS, CIP16.1200 Classics and Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, General)


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