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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Classical Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: None.

Other requirements:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Carlos Villacorta, Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish, 201 Williams Hall, (207) 581-2072,

The classical period in Western history, defined as the period from the Bronze Age to the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century CE, comprises the “roots” of modern society. In order to understand where we are and where we are going, it is necessary to know where we have been. European and American literature, philosophy, law, religion, politics, language, and art have all been either directly or indirectly formed in reaction to Classical culture. By examination and study of classical civilization, the student will develop a sense of how the ancients responded to the universal questions of human experience. Through an implicit comparison of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome to our own, the student will also come to have a fuller understanding of the humanist and cultural impulses which have formed and which continue to form our own experience. This curriculum is particularly useful to the student with interests in ancient history, philosophy, art history, anthropology, literature and political science. It will also prove useful to the student preparing for a career in law.

A minimum of 18 credits or 6 courses is required.  There are two tracks - Classical Studies, Ancient Language track and Classical Studies.

Classical Studies, Ancient Language Track: At this time admission to the Ancient Language Track has been suspended.

The student who elects the language track chooses Latin as a fulfillment of the language requirement. The advanced student may choose ancient Greek rather than Latin (as available), with permission of the instructor. The student will take either two semesters of Latin beyond the elementary level or two semesters of Greek at elementary level or above. In addition, the student will take a minimum of three courses in the CLA sequence, and may take the remaining credits from the list of CLA courses or from the list provided below.

Classical Studies:

The student who takes the general Classical Studies curriculum may wish to concentrate in offerings in Ancient History, Art History, Classical Philosophy, or Political Science. The student may elect to take all courses in the Classics curriculum (below) or the minimum four courses in the Classics curriculum and the remainder from the courses listed.

For more information about Classical Studies, please contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics in 201 Little Hall, (207)581-2072.

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