Welcome to Classical Studies
The Minor in Classical Studies provides undergraduates at ETSU a platform for the study of the languages, literatures and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, the Latin Middle Ages, and the Jewish and Christian societies of the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East. This minor is under the direction of Dr. Thomas Crofts who, with Charles Cave, teaches Greek and Latin in regular rotation.
Grounded in the study of one of three languages—Ancient Greek, Latin, or Hebrew*—and interdisciplinary by nature, the Classical Studies Minor offers a rigorous, well-rounded course which, in the best tradition of the liberal arts, complements any major field of study at ETSU.
The study of classical languages is itself one of the most effective ways to sharpen English skills, giving polish to spelling, syntax, and style, and illuminating the rules of grammar. While required by most doctoral programs in Classics, Philosophy and History, having a classical language is a tremendous advantage to graduate school applicants in most any field.
With a requirement of two semesters of language study at the 2000 level, and one required special topics course, the Minor requires the student to pursue nine further credits of electives, taking relevant courses in art, art history philosophy, history, religion or literature. Thus, within its own set of requirements, the Minor may be shaped to the particular interests of the student.
Please contact me with any questions.
Department of Literature and Language
Director, Classical Studies Minor
*Hebrew credit can be accepted from other accredited institutions.