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The Classics major at The University of Texas at Austin is for students who want an in-depth understanding of Greek and Roman culture through its languages and literatures. Students gain high-level competency in both Latin and ancient Greek, and are exposed to a wide range of classic texts from the period. They complement their literary studies with courses on broader cultural themes in the Classical world. In fact, many Classics majors spend a summer, a semester, or even a year studying abroad—often in Rome or Athens—to study Classical antiquity at its geographic sources.

Students following the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog who are interested in ancient history should follow the classical languages major.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a Classics major must first meet with a Classics advisor. Making an appointment in advance is recommended. There is no formal application process, but students with over 60 hours completed may need to appeal to declare the major. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Classics degree plan to see all required courses for the Classics major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Classics course descriptions.


Students in the Classics major are serious, committed, and talented students who are not afraid to take on challenges pitched well above the average undergraduate degree. They tend to be individualists who are deeply committed to exploring the potential of a liberal arts education. Many of them enjoyed and excelled at Latin in high school, but some of our best majors first learned—and fell in love with—both ancient languages at the University of Texas at Austin.


There is no better way to develop your critical, linguistic, and cognitive skills than to study the languages and literatures of antiquity. Students tend to understand English as never before once they master Latin and Greek. Potential employers in professional fields are often attracted to Classics majors, knowing of the academic rigor and sheer spirit of intellectual inquiry that this major entails.

A small sample of directly related careers

Anthropologist and Archeologist
Foreign Service Officer

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.