Undergraduate Studies


The Department of Classics offers majors in Classics (Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin languages and literatures, and Classical Humanities, which covers Greek and Latin literature and culture in translation), Modern Greek, and an interdisciplinary major in Ancient History and Classics. Courses are listed in the Course Catalog under four headings: Classics, Greek, Latin and Modern Greek.

Courses in Greek and Latin deal with the language and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Students in these courses learn Greek and Latin, and they read ancient literature in the original language. Courses in Modern Greek introduce students to the language, literature and culture of Greece during the past two centuries. Some Modern Greek courses require study and knowledge of the language. Reading assignments in Classics courses are entirely in English translation.

Majors in Classics must demonstrate though coursework proficiency in both Greek and Latin. Majors in Greek, Latin, and Modern Greek must also demonstrate proficiency in the respective languages. Classical Humanities majors are not required to learn Greek or Latin, although language study is encouraged and can fulfill program requirements. Students interested in Classics and Ancient History may also devise a combined major program of study in consultation with advisors from the Department of Classics and the Department of History.

For OSU students interested in declaring a major or minor, advising on the GE, and planning your degree, please schedule an appointment with an advisor by:

Reasons to schedule an advising appointment:

  • To learn more about the undergraduate program
  • To declare a major or minor
  • To plan your courses for the upcoming semester(s)
  • To obtain credit for an internship
  • To obtain credit for a study abroad program
  • To petition for a change in the minor or major curriculum
  • To obtain transfer credit for a course from another university
  • To learn about and plan for GE requirements 
  • To gain assistance with college policies and procedures
  • To file for graduation 

Department of Classics Faculty Contact

The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor Julia Nelson Hawkins, is available to Classics majors and minors as a faculty contact for questions on undergraduate research, applying to graduate school, or career advice. The Director of the Modern Greek Program, Professor Georgios Anagnostou, is available to Modern Greek majors and minors as a faculty contact for questions on undergraduate research, applying to graduate school, or career advice.

For prospective students, follow the instructions below to study Classics at OSU:

Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 614-292-3980
Email: askabuckeye@osu.edu
Student Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210