Classics is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Students may focus on the classics language track or the classical civilization track. Besides the sequences in the Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit languages, the department offers courses in Greek and Roman literature (including comparative literature), mythology, linguistics, history, culture, and philosophy.
The classics language track requires study of texts in the original languages, while the classical civilization track makes use of these same texts in English translations. Both classics tracks qualify graduates for appropriate careers in teaching, but can also be used as preparation for nonclassical academic and professional disciplines such as business, law, and medicine. The study of classics provides a background for the study of Romance and other languages, assists in the proper use of English, and underlies any understanding of Western civilization. For more information on the major and the Department of Classics, see http://www.classics.pitt.edu/.