Classical Studies, Latin and Greek
In the Middle Ages and far into modern time, Latin was the international language of communication, the way English is today. In the areas of politics, culture, the Church and science, Latin was the employed language, both written and orally. Latin was the language of the Romans and the Roman Empire in Antiquity, the language of communication of Christianity through the Middle Ages, and the language of the scholars up to the beginning of the 19th century.
From all these periods, a large amount of literature of many kinds is available: epigraphs, documents and letters, poetry and historical writings, philosophy, theology and natural science.
We require the knowledge of Latin to study the Western culture's ancient history, literature, the history of ideas and philosophy, as the sources are often in Latin. Those who master Latin are able to study such texts in the original language and gain first-hand access to European culture of Antiquity, the Middle Ages and later times. The knowledge of Latin also provides a good language-historical basis for the study of the Romance Languages and for the understanding of the common abstract vocabulary of modern languages.
A Bachelor's degree with a major in Classical Studies aims to provide you with linguistic skills in Latin that make it possible for you to work independently with Latin texts and linguistic phenomena from various periods of European history.
It is also possible to major in Greek, provided you study foundation courses in Greek at other universities.