Classics (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

Minor Map

Scratch the surface of the modern world and you'll find antiquity: ancient Greek and Latin language, myths and gods, literature, art and thought. You will gain a deeper understanding of the present and a clearer vision for the future by studying the language, civilizations and wisdom of the past.

Program Description

The minor program in classics provides a solid grounding in the language and literature of Greek and Roman antiquity, 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, mythology and religion.

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

Program Requirements

The minor in classics requires 18-20 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.
Required Language - Greek or Latin -- 6 credit hours
The six credits should be from a single language. Any six or more credits of the following will count:
GRK 201, 301, 302, or independent study taught in Greek.
LAT 201, 202, 421, or independent study taught in Latin.

Notes: Repeatable for credit
Notes: Repeatable for credit
Notes: Repeatable for credit
Culture (choose two) -- 6 credit hours
Classics Electives (choose two) -- 6 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 a classics minor to a student's program of study distinguishes them as having the advanced analytical reading and communication skills that come from studying Latin or ancient Greek, plus a deeper understanding of the roots of Western civilization, culture and history.

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.

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: 151030


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

  • Growth: 1.1%
  • Median Salary*: 94990

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

  • Growth: 5%
  • Median Salary*: 64030
  Bright Outlook

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Interpreters and Translators

  • Growth: 4.3%
  • Median Salary*: 53640

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76030

* 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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