Western Civilization is a confluence of three great traditions: Greek, Roman, and Judeo-Christian. Each has a rich and distinct history made visible in such expressions as art, architecture, literature, law, music, philosophy, theology, and theatre. Collectively, these varied expressions coalesce to produce a civilization that has made a lasting impact on the world today. Scholars speak of the texts from this tradition as engaging readers in a “great conversation.” Descartes, the father of modern philosophy puts it this way: “I was aware that the reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.”
University of Mobile’s major in Classics is an attempt to carry on this conversation. By reading, analyzing, and interpreting the great works, and embracing the languages in which these works were written, students will engage in the investigation of seminal ideas, enlarge their fields of concern, and come to understand who they are in relation to God, others, and the world. Because of its attention to thought and word and deed, classical education has been held up as a model for Western civilization, and its utility is not less now than it has ever been.
Students who major in Classics will find satisfaction in addressing the big questions in life. Moreover, such training may serve as excellent preparation for professional careers in law, medicine, public service, the clergy or teaching.
University Core and General Education Electives
University of Mobile’s undergraduate program is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, Alabama College for Online Studies, Alabama School of the Arts, School of Business, School of Christian Studies, and School of Education. All University of Mobile undergraduate students are required to complete certain basic courses that apply uniformly to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Music degree unless otherwise noted. These are identified as basic course (general education) requirements.
Requirements (Please see NOTES section below)
- Consult with your College/School advisor for specific and/or additional requirements relating to general education courses. For example, COM 101 is required for business, Christian studies, and education majors and teacher certification students. MA 110 is required for all majors in the School of Business. Education majors and teacher certification students have very specific requirements, particularly regarding English, Mathematics, History, and Laboratory Sciences.
- FS 100 Freshman Seminar (1 semester hour) is required for freshmen only.
- Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree must also take twelve semester hours of a foreign language. See specific requirements in the World Languages section of the catalog.
Requirements for a Major in Classics
This major requires 15 hours in Languages including 6 hours in Elementary Greek, 6 hours in Elementary Latin, plus one 300-level or above course in Greek or Latin.
Required Coursework (9 hours)
Electives (6 hours upper level)