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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Classics Major (B.A. in Classics) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BA1932

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Ruth Palmer, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The tutorial program in Classics 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 or classical language and literature 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 from the Honors Tutorial College.


Students will complete eight tutorial courses, one per semester; the first six are tied to regular Classics 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 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 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.

Admission Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Applicants should be in the upper 10 percent of their high school class and should have at least a 1300 combined SAT score or 30 ACT composite. (This requirement may be modified in unusual circumstances.) Two recommendations from teachers must be submitted with the application. Students applying for the Honors Tutorial College should submit materials by the December 1st priority deadline. Admission interviews take place in early January.

Transfer Admission

Applicants in their first year of college seeking to transfer into the Classics program should apply by the December 1 priority date. Interested students should contact the HTC office at 740-593-2723.