College of Arts & Sciences

As a classical studies student, you will gain a strong foundation in the Greek and Roman origins of Western culture and thought. Many modern ideas about politics, representative government, the rule of law, the study of history, war and imperialism, sexuality, and athletics, come from the ancient Greeks and Romans. The classical ideal of balance among physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our lives is still a goal today. Study of Latin and Greek expands your English vocabulary and improves grammar skills. The Department of Classical Studies at Seton Hall University is a small department, facilitating personal attention by each professor to the individual needs and goals of every student. Qualified students may join the Theta Delta chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honor Society for Classical Studies.

The classical studies curriculum ranges over the history and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, including language and literature, philosophy, religion and mythology, science, politics, history, drama, art and architecture, and their influence on modern thought, literature, art and architecture. In our Greek and Latin courses, you learn how to read the original words of Virgil, Cicero, Homer and the New Testament, for yourself, rather than relying on translations.

The classical studies major involves the in-depth study of Greek or Latin authors in the original languages, and/or a wide range of courses in English translation that examine the Greco-Roman world from the third millennium B.C. to the Middle Ages. Eighteen credits give a minor in classical languages, classical culture or Latin. If you fulfill your language requirement by taking 12 credits in Latin, an additional two (language) courses or four (culture) courses will result in minors in Latin, classical languages or classical culture.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact the chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

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