Majors & Concentrations
The Classics Department offers two majors and five concentrations. Both majors help students to build on their earlier preparation in the core and
to study the writers of classical antiquity in ever greater depth. Both require 8
advanced courses; and it should be noted that the advanced language requirements are
the same in both, until a student has taken 3 advanced language courses in one classical
language. But there are some salient differences, which we here roughly summarize.
(For further details, see the Basic Requirements and Suggested Sequence for each degree.
Both majors train students well in the languages. That in Classical Philology is one
of the most rigorous in the country; in recent years it has enabled U.D. students
to be accepted by a dozen or so of the nation's best Ph.D. programs.
The major in Classical Philology is excellent preparation for graduate and professional
school, particularly for graduate work in Classics. Students wishing to teach at pre-college
levels will also want this major. It requires at least 6 advanced language courses,
but leaves some room for courses taken in translation on the history, politics, literature,
art, or philosophy of antiquity.
In depth Classical Philology requirements.
The major in Classics requires only 4 advanced language classes. There is thus more
space for advanced courses in translation on the history, literature, art, or philosophy
of antiquity. This is designed for students who do want a thorough grounding in the
language and life of the ancient world, but have less time for advanced language study
- perhaps because they came with little or no prior training in Greek and Latin, or
perhaps because they wish to take a double major in Classics and some other field,
or for some other reason.
In depth Classics requirements.
There are five Classics concentrations offered by the University of Dallas including
languages and area studies.
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