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Classical Studies Minor

statue headThe Classical Studies minor allows students with a special interest in ancient Greece and/or Rome to pursue extended study of various aspects of those cultures and gain an appreciation of the relevance of classical culture to their own lives. The minor supports various TCNJ majors, including History, Philosophy, Art, English, and Political Science. Students can employ the skills and information learned in their Classical Studies courses to further careers in a wide range of fields, including education, medicine, law, history, art history, archaeology, anthropology, creative writing, literature, science, and philosophy. Occasionally, our minors graduate with a degree in Classics. However, our students also sometimes have an interest in the classical world that is independent of their major or their future career plans; a Classical Studies minor can satisfy that interest as well.

The trend in many Classical Studies programs around the country has been to separate the study of classical languages from the study of classical history and culture, resulting in the creation of distinct minors for Latin, Greek, and “Classical Civilization.” However, one of the best ways to appreciate the achievements of any civilization is through that civilization’s language. The Classical Studies program at TCNJ was founded on the conviction that the study of classical languages is essential for appreciating classical cultures. The study of classical languages provides students with a solid foundation from which to explore all aspects of the world of ancient Greece and Rome (providing, as an additional bonus, the chance to review modern-day English grammar and syntax). As a result, the study of classical languages stands at the center of the Classical Studies minor at TCNJ.

The Classical Studies program at TCNJ is also designed to develop an understanding of classical culture that derives not only from direct contact with the surviving documents and artifacts of the ancient era but also from critical reflection on the history of the ways in which those documents and artifacts have been (re)interpreted and how this history of (re)interpretation colors our own view of the past. Courses in the Classical Studies program, therefore, allow not only the study of classical texts and artifacts but also critical study of the “Classical Tradition” itself.

To register as a Classical Studies minor or for more information, contact the coordinator of Classical Studies. If you are currently taking a Classical Studies course, you can also get information about the minor from your professor. For a complete list of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies courses offered at TCNJ, go to our Courses page. Classical Studies courses taken at other institutions, in the U.S. or abroad, will usually count towards the minor. For details, contact the coordinator. To learn about the backgrounds and some of the scholarly and teaching interests of the Classical Studies faculty at TCNJ, see our Faculty page.


Ancient Language (1 course unit)

  • GRE 201 or LAT 201 or equivalent

Ancient History or Philosophy (1 course unit)

Select one course in ancient history or philosophy from among the following (or equivalent):

  • CLS 201/History of Ancient Philosophy
  • CLS 208/Late Antiquity
  • CLS 211/Rome and the Barbarians in the Early Middle Ages
  • CLS 301/Classical Greek Civilization
  • CLS 302/Hellenistic World
  • CLS 303/History of the Roman Republic
  • CLS 304/History of the Roman Empire
  • CLS 305/Ancient Christianity
  • CLS 306/History of the Byzantine World

Ancient Art or Literature (1 course unit)

Select one course in ancient art or literature from among the following (or equivalent):

  • CLS 221/The Art of Greece
  • CLS 222/The Art of Rome CLS 230/Classical Literary Traditions
  • CLS 250/Introduction to Greek Mythology
  • CLS 325/Sex and Gender in Greco-Roman Antiquity
  • CLS 349/Cities and Sanctuaries of Greece and Rome
  • CLS 351/An Odyssey in Greece
  • CLS 404/Women in Classical Art
  • GRE 310/Greek Tragedy
  • GRE 350/Homer’s Odyssey
  • LAT 310/The Age of Augustus
  • LAT 315/Vergil and the Impact of Empire

Options (2 course units)

  • Two additional courses from the lists above or any other course (including special topics or independent study) in ancient archaeology, art, history, language, literature,
    mathematics, philosophy, or science. These courses must be approved by the program coordinators.