The Examined Life: The Jesuit tradition demands that students develop critical thinking above all else. Like Socrates, it demands that we walk through life not unexamined—but that we analyze and reflect before and after acting. This tradition of unshakeable discernment is but one way in which Loyola’s Department of Classical Studies meets and exceeds the developmental needs of its students. A degree in classical studies lays the foundation for further study or professional work in any field. Law and medicine particularly benefit from the critical and analytical skills imparted by the program, but our students leave with the ability to excel in fields ranging from marketing and film to politics and government. How could the study of ancient anything prepare you for the modern world? Read on.
Overview of Courses
- Greek Mythology
The stories of the Greeks (and later of the Romans) have been told and retold for centuries, forming the background for countless works of art, literature, and film and even informing ideas in psychology and religion. Discover the myths that continue to captivate and inspire writers, artists, philosophers, and scientists.
- Roman Art and Archaeology
Examine and explore the most important works of Roman art and architecture, from homes to sacred spaces to civic buildings. Trace the ways Augustus “found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble” and how the art of Rome helped its leaders forge an empire whose monuments and art continue to inspire today’s artists and architects.
- Justice in Greek Literature
The concept of “social justice” begins in classical Greece. Learn how the Greeks answered questions about the relationship between the individual and society. Discussions of ancient and modern sources prepare you for the experience of holding an Athenian-style mock trial at the end of the term.
- Roman Culture
Immerse yourself in the social, economic, and cultural institutions of ancient Rome. Read classic works of Latin literature in translation and explore the archaeological evidence and the historical context for a civilization that spanned centuries and continents and gave rise to many of the core principles of modern society.
One of the following Archaeology courses:
- CLHU A347 Egyptian Art and Archaeology
- CLHU A348 Greek Art and Archaeology
- CLHU A349 Etruscan Art and Archaeology
- CLHU A350 Roman Art and Archaeology
One of the following History courses:
- CLHU A372 The Roman Empire
- CLHU O274 The Byzantine Empire
One of the following Literature courses:
- CLHU A242 Greek Tragedy
- CLHU A244 Greek and Roman Epic
- CLHU A246 Greek Mythology
- CLHU A263 Greek and Roman Comedy
- CLHU A356 Greek Elegies and Lyrics
One of the following Thought courses:
- CLHU N202 Justice in Greek Literature
- CLHU W340 Roman Ethical Thought
- CLHU A385 Greek Religion
- CLHU A386 Roman Religion
- Additional 18 credit hours of Classical Humanities electives
- CLHU A480 Classical Humanities capstone (1 crs.)
Although courses in Latin or Greek are not required, students are encouraged to take at least 2 semesters at the introductory level: Students in degree programs with language components can satisfy the requirement with Classical languages!
Courses taken for the major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements for a minor. Students in either concentration are encouraged to take a minor in related areas like history, Medieval Studies, Philosophy or Religious Studies.