Individual and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

Classical Studies

Robert G. Sullivan, Associate Professor and Coordinator

Ithaca College offers students an opportunity to study the classical tradition from an interdisciplinary perspective. The classical studies minor focuses on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the later classical tradition. Since many of the ideas and principles that emerged in the classical world are basic to Western culture, courses in classics apply to the study of almost all the liberal arts and sciences. Classical studies is of particular interest to students of law, literature, rhetoric and composition, communication, modern languages, history, politics, religion, music, art history, drama, and philosophy. For more information, contact the program coordinator.

Requirements for the minor in classical studies

The minor has three components: (1) classical languages, (2) core courses in classical history and culture, and (3) electives.

Classical languages

(6 credits of Latin or Greek above level 1, or proficiency)

Latin courses

LATN 10100

Elementary Latin I

LATN 10200

Elementary Latin II

LATN 20100

Intermediate Latin I

LATN 20200

Intermediate Latin II


Core courses in classical history and culture

(three courses [9 credits], each from a different department)

Art history

ARTH 11700

Survey of Western Art I

ARTH 20800

Mythology and Art

ARTH 20900

Introduction to the Roman World

ARTH 21900

Arts of Antiquity: Greece and Rome


ENGL 23100

Ancient Literature


HIST 10100

Foundations of Western Civilization

HIST 23100

The Ancient World: Greece and Rome

Philosophy and religion

PHIL 10200

Introduction to Philosophy -- Greek Foundations

PHIL 20100

Plato and Aristotle

Speech communication

SPCM 32600

Classical Theories of Rhetoric


Electives: Six credits of electives to be chosen from courses in classical languages, from the list of core courses in classical history and culture, or from the following list of courses in related fields. Elective credits may also be applied from other appropriately focused courses -- including independent study, directed reading, or selected topics courses, or internships in any department -- with the approval of the program coordinator.

Courses in Related Fields

Art history

ARTH 20300

Egypt and Its Neighbors

ARTH 22100

Introduction to the Medieval World

ARTH 22200

Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals

ARTH 23000

Italian Renaissance Art

ARTH 33100

Studies in Art from Ancient to Renaissance (when focus is appropriate)

ARTH 33600

Late Renaissance Art in Italy


ENGL 23200

Medieval Literature

ENGL 27100

Renaissance Literature

ENGL 31100

Dramatic Literature I

ENGL 32400

Literature of the Bible


FREN 40400

The French Medieval Experience

FREN 41500

French Literature of the Renaissance


HIST 23200

Medieval Civilization

HIST 30100

The Renaissance and Reformation

Philosophy and religion

RLST 10300

Introduction to the Hebrew Scripture

RLST 10400

Introduction to the New Testament

PHIL 37500-37600

Selected Topics in Philosophy (when focus is appropriate)


SPAN 35500

Golden Age Drama

SPAN 35600

Golden Age Poetry

SPAN 35700

Golden Age Prose

SPAN 36100

Medieval Spanish Literature


Total, credits in the minor


Students may apply only 3 credits from their major(s) and/or 3 credits from another minor towards the completion of the classical studies minor.