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 at least one academic major. SPU encourages students to explore various academic paths, so if you change your mind about a major or minor, or want to include an additional program, you are able to do so, as outlined below.

Note that the University encourages you to enter your chosen major(s) and minor(s) by the start of your junior year. Students who transfer as juniors and seniors should enter a major within their first two quarters at SPU.

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you identified the Classics major as your first choice on your application for admission to the University, you have gained entry to the major. To change or add a major or minor, follow these instructions.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, follow these instructions to enter a major or minor in this department.
  • 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 that are in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year you enter the major or minor.