Programs offered
  • Classics (major and minor)

When you major or minor in Classics in SPU’s Department of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, you will be provided with preparation for any of the liberal arts, as well as enrichment for personal satisfaction.

If you are interested in pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-seminary, education, or any of the sciences, or if you are a Business major aspiring to management, you are encouraged to consider the Classics offerings as electives. The relatively small size of this major also lends itself well to pursuing a double major.

Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.

Classics (BA)

  • A minimum 52–53 credits are required for this major, including 25 upper-division credits.
  • You will choose one of two emphases in this major: cultural studies or language.
  • Consider a double major:  Classics and a major in another discipline.
  • A Senior paper is required and is to be presented in conjunction with the Capstone Seminar.

Classics minor


  • A minimum 33 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • The Classics minor includes 10 credits of core courses and 23 credits from additional approved courses.

entering and completing the major or minor

In order to earn a degree, you must complete an academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, and students are not required to enter a major immediately upon admission to the University. However, you should enter a major by the end of your sophomore year to help ensure your timely completion of a degree. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should identify and enter their major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter a major or minor in this department, you may select a program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select your major or minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the major or minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different major or minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.

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Time Schedule: Classics

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