BA in Classics

Degree Program Description

The Classics major is a broad study of literature, covering a deep knowledge of the elements of language, grammar, and syntax, writing and reading skills, vocabulary building and experience with the foundational texts of the Western literary tradition that have influenced most all of subsequent literary and philosophical thought.  The degree has four emphasis areas for students interested in the mythology, literature, history, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. Three of these emphasis areas — Latin, Greek, and Classical Languages — focus on learning the ancient languages and introduce students to advanced readings in ancient Greek and Latin texts. A fourth emphasis area, Classical Humanities, is available to those students who would like to study the Greek and Latin Classics in translation. In the course of their degree, all classics majors achieve an integrated knowledge of the primary political, social, and military events and developments in the ancient Greek and Roman world.   Students completing these majors will be well prepared for a variety of careers and for further study in graduate or other professional schools.

Major Program Requirements

BA major requirements are specified in the four major emphasis areas: Latin, Greek, Classical Languages, and Classical Humanities. These must be met in addition to college and university requirements, including University general education.

Semester Plan

A sample plan of study has not been designed for this major.  Students should contact the academic department for assistance with academic planning.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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