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Classics and Religious Studies (B.A. in Classics) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Program Overview

The tutorial program in Classics and Religious Studies provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to gain the linguistic and archaeological expertise to study Greek and Roman antiquity.  Students may choose from classical civilization, classical language and literature, or religious studies tracks, honing their skills with one-on-one study in tutorials combined with classwork. The program is designed to prepare students for graduate level study. Students will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Religious Studies from the Honors Tutorial College.


Students will complete eight tutorial courses, one per semester; the first six are tied to regular Classics and Religious Studies courses in Greek and Roman civilization, archaeology, history and Latin and Greek language offered each semester. The object of the weekly tutorials is to enrich the student's understanding of the topics and issues raised in the regular course and to focus attention on areas of particular interest to the student. The two tutorials in the last year are devoted to the senior thesis. By the end of spring semester in the third year, each student will begin to develop a thesis topic, choose an advisor and work on a thesis prospectus.

Non-Tutorial Coursework

The program also includes non-tutorial courses in Latin and Greek, Classical archaeology, civilization and history. All Classics and Religious Studies HTC students are required to take part in a Study Abroad program of their choosing, which can be philological or archaeological in nature. Students must also complete the university freshman and junior English composition requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The qualities of research, critical thinking, synthesis and effective writing developed in our program are applicable to many careers besides graduate programs in classics. Graduates from our Classics and Religious Studies HTC program have completed graduate programs in classical languages and archeology, anthropology, divinity school, rhetoric, education and law school. Several have served in Teach for America before starting graduate school.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at Two recommendations from teachers must be submitted with the application. 

Transfer Admission

Applicants in their first year of college seeking to transfer into the Classics and Religious Studies tutorial program should contact the HTC office at 740-593-2723 for more information.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Classics and Religious Studies graduates can apply skills in research, analysis and critical thinking, and familiarity with humanities to many jobs and professional programs. Our students have gone on to graduate programs in classics, archaeology, and museum studies, and have made careers in law, business, art gallery curatorship, contract archaeology, nonprofit organizations, and heritage tourism, among others. Potential employers include, but are not limited to, historical societies, libraries, the state and local government, retailers and consulting firms, institutions of higher education, etc.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Bachelor of Arts


Administrative Contact

Ruth Palmer, director of studies/contact person