Languages & Humanities Division

"Classics. Narrowly viewed, this term refers to the Ancient Latin and Greek languages, by means of which the student is introduced to the customs, feelings and thoughts, the life and literature of those early nations from which our own civilization has been so largely derived."

   -- From the 1889-1890 Missouri Valley College course catalogue

The "classics" refers to the art, literature and history of the ancient Greek and Roman peoples, and the classics provided the founding of all academics at Missouri Valley College at the time of its founding.

Buy why study the classics today?

Good question. Here are some of the answers:

If you are planning to attend law school, there is not better preparation than studying classics. According to the Princeton Review:

  • "Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Belive it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind."

Likewise, if you are pre-med, the PR has this to say about classics:

  • "Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh?"

The icing on the cake is the performance of classics majors on the GRE, again from the PR:

  • "Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates."

Pretty cool, huh? To what the PR says, one might add a few things.

First, studying the classics demonstrates that you are well-rounded, and this is especially true for those of you who are studying in a vocational field like business. Going into an interview with a double major in business and classics (or even a minor) may well give you an "in" to sell yourself ("I see you majored in business and classics? Tell us about that!")

Beyond beefing up your educational portfolio, studying the classics puts you in touch with some of the greatest literature in the world, literature that constitutes the bedrock of western civilization. The aggregate effect of reading Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, and other classical authors can be profound. Many students of the classics begin to see themselves and the world differently, and develop a sense of how they fit into the "big picture". In a world that is increasingly complex and fast paced, the grounding that the classical education offers can not only help students better cope with these complexities, but also meet the challenges of the 21st century head on using the wisdom of the ancients.

Classical Humanities

Minor requirements: 9 hours from: CL 210, CL 215, CL 220, CL 225, LN 100, GK 100; 9 hours from: CL 300, CL 315, CL 325, HS 301. (Total 18 hours)

  • CL 210 Greek Civilization
  • CL 215 The Greek Humanities
  • CL 220 Roman Civilization
  • CL 225 The Roman Humanities
  • CL 300 Classical Mythology
  • CL 315 Classical Drama
  • CL 325 Greek and Roman Epic