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.

A student in Owen Ewald's Classics class

Career opportunities

  • Academia
  • Archaeology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Theatre

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.

Admission to the major or minor

To apply for a major in Classics, you must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in all college work applicable to the BA degree, as well as a 2.5 GPA in 10 credits of coursework at SPU in Classics and/or Latin.

In order to apply, visit the Major or Minor Application form in Banner.

Faculty contact

Owen Ewald

C. May Marston Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Civilizations; Chair of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics
PhD, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-3533
Office: Marston Hall 218

Owen Ewald

Why I Teach at SPU

Owen Ewald, Associate Professor of Classics

At SPU, I can bring ideas, texts, events, and objects from the ancient world into dialogue with the traditions and innovations of Christianity. I try to lead students more deeply into how ancient cultures develop over time in response to non-inevitable choices.

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