This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

A minor in classical languages is an excellent way to solidify skills in the modern English language, while expanding your interest in ancient Mediterranean cultures. Students gain a solid understanding of both ancient Greek and Latin.

Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • ability to read the ancient Greek and Latin languages at an intermediate to advanced level;
  • knowledge of major literary works and written sources of the ancient Mediterranean world; and
  • transferable linguistic and analytic skills by studying the ancient languages that stand behind the vocabulary and structure of English and the Romance languages.

The undergraduate minor in classical languages requires a minimum of 19 s.h., including 6 s.h. in advanced courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

The sequences CLSG:2001 Second-Year Greek I and CLSG:2002 Second-Year Greek IICLSL:2001 World of Cicero and CLSL:2002 Golden Age of Roman Poetry, and Department of Classics courses numbered 3000 or above are considered advanced for the minor.

A maximum of 3 s.h. of work for another major, minor, or certificate in the Department of Classics and up to 3 s.h. of lower-level transfer credit may be counted toward the minor.

Students who earn a minor in classical languages may not earn a minor in Latin or Greek.

Required Courses

All of these:
CLSG:1001Classical and New Testament Greek I5
CLSG:1002Classical and New Testament Greek II5
CLSG:2001Second-Year Greek I3
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
or CLSL:2002 Golden Age of Roman Poetry


At least 3 s.h. from these:
An ancient civilizations course numbered CLSA:1000-4999
A Greek course numbered CLSG:1000-4999
A Latin course numbered CLSL:1000-4999

Students who have taken high school Greek or Latin should consult the advisor.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Classical Languages, Minor

This sample plan is being reviewed and will be updated at a later date.