Listed below are the requirements for the Classics Major – Classical Civilization Concentration. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Classics 4-Year Schedule

Classical Civilization Major Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who wish to study classical literature and culture without a focus on the original languages. Courses in ancient Greek and Latin are optional and may count toward fulfilling major requirements. A total of 15 credits of all courses in the major must be at the 300 level or above taken in residence at UWM.

Students must complete the L&S research requirement in the context of a Classic, Greek, or Latin course of their choosing at the 300 level or above, under the supervision of the instructor of that course. The student should inform the instructor of their intention to use the course for the L&S research requirement at the start of the course.

Completion of the major requires a minimum of 30 credits distributed as follows:

Choose one from the following 100 level courses:3-4
Words Matter: How Greek and Latin Shape Our Language
Classical Mythology
First Semester Greek
First Semester Latin
Choose two from the following 200 level courses:6
Introduction to Greek Life and Literature
Introduction to Roman Life and Literature
Alexander the Great to Augustus
Ancient Egyptian Civilization
Select 9 additional credits in Classic, Greek, or Latin courses at the 300 level or above. Examples include the following:9
The Life and Literature of Classical Athens: Herodotus and Dramatists
War and Politics in Ancient Greece
The Life and Literature of the Roman Empire
The Graeco-Roman World:
Ancient Epic Oral Traditions
Ancient Greek Religion
Hittite Myth and History
Egyptian Mythology
Readings in Ancient Greek Literature:
Readings in Classical Greek Prose:
Readings in Ancient Greek Poetry:
Readings in Latin Literature:
Readings in Latin Prose:
Readings in Latin Poetry:
Select at least 12 credits (see below)12
Total Credits30-31


For the remaining 12 credits, students may choose from among any Classic, Greek, or Latin courses or approved courses in related disciplines. Of these elective 12 credits, up to 9 credits can be taken in approved courses from the list below and at least 6 credits must be in courses at the 300 level or above.

Approved courses in related disciplines
ANTHRO 305The Celtic World3
ANTHRO 306European Archaeology3
ARTHIST 312Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 313Greek Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 314Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East3
ARTHIST 315Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ARTHIST 316Roman Art and Archaeology3
ARTHIST 412Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece3
ARTHIST 413Greek Sculpture3
HIST 201The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece3
CLASSIC/HIST 274Ancient Egyptian Civilization3
HIST 202The Ancient World: The Roman Republic and Empire3
HIST 303A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State3
HIST 304A History of Greek Civilization: The Age of Alexander the Great3
HIST 307A History of Rome: The Republic3
HIST 308A History of Rome: The Empire3
HIST 370Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (Paganism in the Ancient World)3
HIST 371Topics in European History: (Rome in the Age of Constantine – Society and Culture)3
HIST 398Honors Seminar: (Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire or Medicine and Healing in Ancient Greece and Rome)3
PHILOS 430Great Thinkers of the Ancient Period3
PHILOS 551Aristotle3