Undergraduate Program Classical Studies Minor

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Classical Studies Minor Overview

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of ancient Rome with a minor in Classical Studies, and gain new insights into how this major world culture continues to influences modern society.

For nearly two millennia, much of European literature, scholarship, diplomacy, and even aspects of everyday life, have found expression in Latin. Minoring in classical studies will give you language and writing skills that will make learning any other language easier.

The minor pairs well with a degree in history, English, philosophy, and art history, as it gives you a foundation in understanding the writings and thoughts of creators from centuries past in their original language.

Degree Details

Classical Studies Minor: Why PSU?

PSU's Classical Studies minor will give you the opportunity to learn Latin, a language that is still relevant today as it helps increase your vocabulary and understanding of the English language and provides you with a foundation for mastering Romance languages and modern-inflected ones such as Russian and German.

By the end of your second year, you'll be able to begin reading unadapted, "free-range" Latin. You'll also have the opportunity to explore ancient Roman history, art, culture, and religion more in-depth, and study the works of some of the most influential writers in the history of Western civilization.

Our passionate faculty and small classes ensure strong and individualized support to help you succeed, and creates a sense of community among faculty and students alike.

What can I do with a minor in Classical Studies?

A minor in classical studies is excellent preparation for graduate school in the sciences, law school, or medical school, as many medical and scientific terms and almost all legal terms are Latin words or roots. It also provides strong preparation for graduate work in history, literature, art history, and philosophy. A classical studies minor can prepare you to work in a number of fields, including anthropology, education, government, archeology, business, theology, museum studies, history, politics, and publishing.


An undergraduate minor in classical studies consists of 24 credits of Latin (two years of Latin) and 16 credits of area classes selected from the list of area classes.

Twelve of the required 40 credits for the minor must be taken in residence at PSU.

All courses used to satisfy minor requirements must be graded C or higher. Students minoring in classical studies must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all courses used to satisfy the minor requirements.

Total Credits Needed for Minor = 40 Credits

Area Classes

  • ARH 452 Ancient Art: Aegean and Greek
  • ARH 452 Ancient Art: Etruscan and Roman
  • ENG 317 Greek Mythology
  • GRK 330 Ancient Greek Literature in Translation
  • GRK 331 Plato as Literature
  • GRK 332 Greek Religion
  • GRK 333 Women in Ancient Greece
  • GRK 334 Greek Ethical Thought
  • GRK 335 Sophocles and Euripides 
  • GRK 336 Ancient Greek Comedy
  • HST 315 Greek History
  • HST 316 Roman History 
  • HST 415 Topics in Greek History
  • HST 416 Topics in Roman History
  • LAT 330 Roman Culture
  • LAT 341 Roman Literature in Translation
  • PHL 414 Plato
  • PHL 415 Aristotle
  • TA 471 Ancient Greek Theater and Drama


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).