Loyola University Maryland

Department of Classics

Classical Civilization Major and Minor

Classical civilization is a broadly interdisciplinary course of study for students who are interested in the ancient Greeks and Romans and the origins of western civilization, and who would profit from studying the history, literature, art, and culture of those ancient peoples. Students interested in the classical civilization major do not need to have taken Latin or Greek in high school.

Course Catalog

Classical Civilization Major Requirements

Six courses in Latin or Greek. Of these courses, two must be in Greek and at least four must be at the intermediate or advanced level. Introductory Latin courses (LT 101 and LT 102) do not count for the major. A common approach appears below:

Four semesters of Latin above Introductory Latin II:

Six classical civilization courses (in translation; most are cross-listed with other departments), but only two of these courses may be cross-listed in fine arts. Additional Greek and/or Latin courses may be substituted for up to two of these courses. HN 220 may count as one of these courses. Up to two departmentally-approved courses focusing on the ancient world that are not officially cross-listed in the classics department may count as classical civilization courses for the major. A common approach appears below:

  • CL--
  • CL--
  • CL--
  • CL--
  • CL-- or LT3-- or GK103 Introduction to Attic Prose
  • CL-- or LT3-- or GK104 Greek Literature

Comparison of the Classics Major with the Classical Civilization

Classical Civilization
Latin 103 (Intermediate) Latin 103 (Intermediate)
Latin 104 (Golden Age) Latin 104 (Golden Age)
Latin 3-- Latin 3--
Latin 3-- Latin 3--
Greek 101 (Introductory I) Greek 101 (Introductory I)
Greek 102 (Introductory II) Greek 102 (Introductory II)
Greek 103 (Intermediate) CL--
Greek 104 (Greek Literature) CL--
Latin 3-- CL-- 
Latin 3-- CL-- 
Latin 3-- CL--or LT3--or GK103
Latin 3-- CL--or LT3--or GK104
Latin 300 (Prose Composition)  

Classical Civilization Minor

The minor in classical civilization is a true interdisciplinary area studies program on a small scale. It offers the astute undergraduate a unique opportunity to fulfill a not insignificant number of core requirements (language, English, history, fine arts) while pursuing a major in his chosen field.


Four courses in either Greek or Latin (at least three of these courses shold generally be taken at Loyola).

Three courses in classical civilization at the 200- or 300-level, but only two of these courses may be cross-listed in fine arts. One classical civilization course ordinarily in ancient history (i.e., Roman or Greek), appropriate to the language chosen. A fifth language course at an advanced level may be substituted for a classical civilization requirement. HN220 may be counted as one classical civilization course. One departmentally-approved courses focusing on the ancient world that is not officially cross-listed in the classics department may count as classical civilization courses for the minor.

Cross Lists

Cross lists are courses in other departments which may count for the classical civilization major and minor.


  • EN211/CL211 Major Writers: Classical Mythology
  • EN212/CL212 Major Writers: The Classical Epics
  • EN213/CL213 Major Writers: Greek Drama
  • EN218/CL218 Major Writers: The "Golden Age" of Rome
  • EN305 Masterpieces in World Literature (not cross-listed in current catalogue)

Fine Arts

  • AH101 Heroes, Gods and Art: Myth and Faith in Western Culture (not cross-listed in current catalogue)
  • AH110/CL241 Survey of Art: Paleolithic to Gothic
  • AH310/CL340 Classical Art: Greek and Roman


  • HS300/CL300 Death of the Roman Republic
  • HS301/CL301 The Church and the Roman Empire
  • HS312/CL312 History of Ancient Greece
  • HS313/CL313 History of Rome
  • HS314/CL314 History of the Roman Empire
  • HS320/CL320 Hellenistic History
  • HS326/CL326 The Golden Age of Athens
  • HS329/CL329 Women in Greece and Rome
  • HS334/CL334 Roman Private Life
  • HS335/CL335 Roman Public Life
  • HS420/CL420 Homer and History
  • HS421/CL421 Caesar and Augustus
  • HS475/CL324 Seminar: The Persecution of the Christians in the Roman World


  • PL334 Political Power and Platonic Philosophy
  • PL362 Hellenistic Philosophy
  • PL365 Metaphysics I: Ancient and Medieval
  • PL366 Studies in Plato
  • PL367 Plato's Republic
  • PL368 Introduction to Aristotle (not cross-listed in current catalogue)

Political Science

  • PS380/CL380 Platonic Political Philosophy
  • PS381/CL381 Aristotelian Political Philosophy
  • PS388 Socratic Political Philosophy (not cross-listed in current catalogue)


  • TH206 The Gospels and the Earliest Church
  • TH230 God's Promise and God's People
  • TH231 Story and Revelation: The Art of Biblical Narrative
  • TH246 Who is Jesus?
  • TH306 Ethics: Ethical Perspectives and Biblical Interpretation
  • TH318 Ethics: New Testament Ethics
  • TH332 Major Issues in the Thought of Saint Paul
  • TH335 An Introduction to the Theology of Saint Augustine
  • TH337 Reading the Bible in the Modern World
  • TH339 Prophets and Prophesy
  • TH347 It's Greek to Me: Eastern Roots of Christian Thought (all not cross-listed in current catalogue)

CL211, CL212, CL213, and CL218 are cross-listed with English. CL300, CL301, CL312, CL313, CL314, CL320, CL324, CL326, CL327, CL329, CL334, and CL420 are cross-listed with history. These courses fulfill English and history core requirements.

CL241, CL 308 and CL309 are cross-listed with fine arts. CL 308 and CL 309 fulfill major requirements for fine arts majors with concentrations in art history, photography, or studio arts.  

CL 380 and CL 381 are cross-listed with political science. These courses fulfill major requirements for political science majors.

The following are cross-listed with philosophy. All may be used in fulfillment of major requirements in philosophy.
PL358 Ancient Philosophy; PL359 The Presocratics; PL361 Socrates and his Modern Interpreters; PL362 Hellenistic Philosophy; PL363 Postmodern Platos; PL366 Studies in Plato; PL367 Plato's Republic; PL368 Introduction to Aristotle.

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Robert Miola

Robert Miola, Ph.D.

For this long-time English and Classics professor, the Loyola difference is in the way in which professors teach and by which students learn

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