If you’re preparing for a future in teaching, medicine, law, or the ministry — or if you seek personal enrichment — you’ll want to consider a major or minor in Classics.
Whether you major, minor, or take courses as part of your electives, studying the Classics at Seattle Pacific University allows you to develop the analytical skills needed to understand ancient languages and engage in disciplines such as linguistics or textual criticism. You will also discover how Classics can add depth to disciplines such as history, philosophy, and art criticism.
With half the words in English vocabulary made up of Latin or Greek words and roots, majoring or minoring in Classics, or minoring in Latin, gives you a great preparation for any of the liberal arts. And because Latin provides the root words for science vocabularies, you will also understand science and math terminology in a new way — as well as gain personal satisfaction.
Course and degree requirements
When you major in Classics, you choose from two tracks: Cultural Emphasis or Language Emphasis.
In your chosen track, you will complete a minimum 49–50 required credits for this major, including 25 upper-division credits. Both tracks require a senior paper, presented in conjunction with the Capstone Seminar.
The Classics or Latin minor will require 33 credits, including 15 upper-division credits. Ten of those credits are core courses, and 23 credits are from additional approved courses.
Entering the Classics major or minor
You may enter the major or minor during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). Consult the undergraduate catalog
for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.