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Academic Program Guide

Classics and Religion

College: Arts Sciences
Degree: BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: Chris O'Neal
Address: Department of Classics
Phone: (850) 644-4259

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Department of Classics offers major programs in Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Civilization, Greek, Latin, and Latin-Greek. Emphasis in all courses is on critical thinking and analysis coupled with effective speaking and writing skills. Students who major in Classics regularly pursue careers in business, education, government, law, and other fields that require a broad liberal arts background. A joint major in Classics and Religion is also offered.

Prerequisite Coursework

Six to twelve semester hours of an approved language or demonstration of proficiency by testing or completion of intermediate level is required. It is recommended that the lower-level courses be taken during the freshman and sophomore years.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
Students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, at least half the required General Education hours, including English and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Major Program of Studies at FSU

Joint Major in Classics and Religion (45 hours):
27 hours in Classics and 18 hours in Religion are required, chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor. At least nine semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in classics courses with prefixes ARH, CLA, or CLT, or ASH 3200, EUH 4401, EUH 4408, EUH 4412, or EUH 4413 are required. No more than eighteen semester hours of Greek or Latin may count toward the major and courses used to fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences language requirement may not be counted toward the major. Of the eighteen semester hours in religion, at least six and no more than twelve semester hours must be in the area of religions of western antiquity. Classics courses in which the student receives a grade below “C” will not be counted toward the major.

Minor: Classics and Religion majors do not need a minor.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3) or other University-approved Digital Literacy course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 24-45
Minor Coursework 0-12
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Archaeologist, Historian, Artifact Conservator, Museum Technician, Archivist, Attorney (after Law Degree), Librarian, Teacher: High School, Community College, University; Museum Curator, Journalist, Editor, Minister (after Theological Training), physician (after medical school), Salesperson.

Representative Employers: Publishing Houses, Libraries, Museums, School Boards, Colleges, Newspapers, Research Organizations, Banks, Corporations, Insurance Companies, Government Agencies: U.S. Information Agency, Department of State, Department of Interior, Park Service, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Security Agency, C.I.A.

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