Classical Civilizations (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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"Where does that come from?" The answer is often: ancient Greece and Rome. Learn about ancient literature, art and thought, and discover insights into any major you pursue. Gain a deeper understanding of the present and a clearer vision for the future by studying the civilizations and wisdom of the past.

Program Description

The minor program in classical civilization provides a solid grounding in ancient civilization and mythology, along with an interdisciplinary introduction to the ancient world as a whole. To this base, students may add courses selected from a wide variety, covering language, literature, art, philosophy, history and religion.

Students who study abroad with the Dorrance Scholarship program will be able to apply their experience to this minor.

Program Requirements

The minor requires 18 credit hours of courses detailed below. At least 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six credit hours must be completed in residence at ASU. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Mythology and Classics (choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Culture Core (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Classical Civilizations Electives (choose three courses, minimum of six hours upper division) -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in international letters and cultures (classical civilization) and BA in international letters and cultures (classics)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Some of the most popular career fields among classics students are education, law, the nonprofit sector, medicine and business, according to a survey of over 600 classics students published in The Classical Journal. Adding the study of classical civilizations to a program of study distinguishes students as having a deeper understanding of the roots of Western civilization, culture and history that will serve them in just about any major or career they pursue.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


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Intelligence Analysts

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Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

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Judicial Law Clerks

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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

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Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

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Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.4%
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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