Programs of Study and Requirements

The major and minor in Classics are broad programs in ancient civilization which study the history, languages, literature, philosophy art, religion, and daily life of the ancient Mediterranean world as seen through texts and artifacts. The major and minor in Latin emphasize the study of literature in the original language and requires study of introductory Greek as well. The Latin Teacher Education Major leads to certification to teach Latin and Classics in the schools. The Minor in Greek emphasizes mastery of classical Greek and reading literature in the language.

The Minor in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations examines the fascinating history, cultures, institutions, and societies of the ancient Mediterranean region, broadly understood to include cultures such as those of the Near East and Egypt as well as Greece and Rome. 

The department is a sponsor, together with the departments of Anthropology, Art and Design (Art History faculty), and Earth & Environmental Studies, of the Minor in Archaeology and of  an archaeological research project conducted by Montclair State’s Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at the "Villa of the Antonines" near Rome.

The major in General Humanities critically examines the culture, ideas, and values of earlier cultures, Western and non-Western, both in their original time periods and as they have been appropriated and transformed by later ages. This program combines courses in our department with a breadth of courses offered in other departments (history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history, music history) thus providing students with a truly interdisciplinary and flexible major. 

The minor in Myth Studies examines the foundations of human thought and culture as expressed in myth and mythology, and the related genres of folklore, legend, oral tradition, and ritual. Using resources from fields like literary studies, classics, religious studies, philosophy, drama, art, and psychology, the Myth Studies Minor allows students to explore the creation and use of narrative and symbol in ancient cultures, such as the Greek, Roman, Celtic, Norse, and Egyptian, and in modern contexts, such as popular culture.