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With Ball State’s two majors in classical languages and classical cultures, you’ll become fully immersed in the fascinating and significant civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. If your career ambitions include teaching in a secondary or post-secondary setting—or advancing to graduate-level work—these majors will help you achieve your goals.

What You Will Learn

In these majors, you will become well-versed in ancient Greek and Roman culture. You will learn how these people loved, fought, worshiped, worked, played, lived, and died. You will also learn and come to realize how important they are as founders of our own culture in the 21st century. These courses will allow you to explore and learn about ancient:

  • History
  • Art
  • Literature
  • Mythology

What It’s Like to Major in Classical Languages and Classical Cultures at Ball State

We are one of the only programs nationwide using the advanced computer system “Perseus,” which provides you with an interactive library of texts, slides, and videotape segments for an even deeper understanding of ancient Greece.

Our department is home to more than 30 full-time faculty members and graduate assistants. Faculty members are engaged in active research in addition to teaching full course loads. They are experts in their fields and committed to—and invested in—your pursuit of excellence.

Language classes are kept small to enable students to practice speaking as well as writing, reading, and listening. You’ll work closely and meaningfully with faculty over the entire undergraduate experience.

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Our programs, faculty, and campus provide a wonderful diversity of languages, cultures, and experiences. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a language study program in a country where your respective language is spoken, broadening your cultural experiences as you further your education.

Major Requirements

Several of the culture and language courses that we offer fulfill core curriculum requirements and the language courses fulfill the language requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree. You’ll also have the option to take advanced courses taught in English, ancient Greek, and Latin.

Classical Languages

Credits

Total: 33-39

Courses

A few of the classes you will take may include:

  • GRK 101-102 Beginning Greek
  • GRK 201-202 Intermediate Greek
  • LAT 101-102 Beginning Latin
  • LAT 201-202 Intermediate Latin

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Total Credits

33

Courses

A few of the classes you will take include:

  • CC 201 Cultural Life in Ancient Greece
  • CC 202 Cultural Life in Ancient Rome
  • CC 301 Classical Literature in English Translation
  • CC 305 Classical Mythology and Theory

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Classical Languages and Classical Cultures?

A degree in classical languages and classical cultures can open a number of career possibilities including:

  • politics
  • government work
  • not-for-profits
  • editing
  • conservation officer
  • museum curator
  • teaching
  • law
  • finance
  • consultancy

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Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

In addition to the numerous scholarships the university offers its students, our department gives awards every year to our majors and minors to recognize them for their academic achievements. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

Admission to Ball State is selective and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application

Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State University is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.