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Why Study Classics and Humanities?

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The Classics and Humanities is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to explore human culture and knowledge from several exciting perspectives. Using the insights of history, literature, archaeology, language and art, students in Classics and the Humanities pursue their interests in ancient cultures or in the history of ideas and expression through different cultures and times. Is there anywhere else where you can learn to read Homer in the original Greek in one class or to analyze the film O Brother Where art Thou in another? Studying Classics and Humanities provides students with the disciplinary background and curricular opportunities to understand, analyze and reflect upon the development of human culture and expression.

If that isn’t enough, there are some additional reasons you might want to consider a major in either Classics and Humanities, including:

(1) Personal attention from faculty.
The Department of Philosophy and Classics provides an impressive range of course offerings with a small department feel. A close-knit community of enthusiastic and dedicated faculty and students regularly organizes special events and activities, including scholarly conferences, movie showings, social outings, and student presentations where you can interact with those who share your interests and goals. So, majoring in Philosophy and Classics is like joining an academic family.

(2) Fun and stimulating course subjects.
Where else could you go to learn about Roman siege weapons, the philosophy of art, ancient poetry, modern film and the meaning of life? From introductory courses to advanced seminars, students in our department debate and contemplate some of the most important subjects of all time. Departmental courses offer students opportunity to study the culture, literature, history, art, language and philosophy of the Western world from the Bronze Age to the Modern World.

(3) Excellent preparation in critical thinking and writing skills.
A Classics & Humanities degree will help you along any career path you choose to follow. In particular, learning Latin and Greek gives you the kind of meticulous analytic skills employers look for; the research projects and essays assigned in upper level courses throughout departmental offerings provide you with the kind of experience needed for approaching any writing or research projects in school or in the workplace. From the introductory courses offered by this department through the Senior Seminar, majors engage with some of the most famous texts and most complex problems of human history. Students learn to interpret and analyze from multiple perspectives and are guided to develop effective writing styles. By the completion of a major in Classics and Humanities, students will not only know how to think better and more clearly, but they will also be able to express their understanding to others effectively.

(4) Rigorous intellectual training ideal for professional school.
Students who become majors in the Philosophy and Classics department are among the best of the best at UTSA. Many majors go on to graduate school or professional school in medicine and law. No major will provide you with training that is as broad and as rigorous as the education you receive in the Department of Philosophy and Classics. Whether you want to become a dentist, surgeon, lawyer or professor, you would have to search long and far to find a sequence of courses that prepare you for graduate school as well as majors in Philosophy, Classics or the Humanities would.  You won’t learn how to fill a tooth or write code for phone apps, but even better you will acquire the academic skills to master any branch of knowledge, and employers know this.  In short, you will learn how to learn.

Quick Facts

  • Philosophy and Classics majors score more highly on standardized tests like the GRE (source).
  • Philosophy and Classics majors regularly score more highly on the LSAT and MCAT (source).
  • According to the Princeton Review, Classics majors not only do better on the MCAT but those who double major in Classics and a science are better prepared to excel upon admission.
  • Philosophy majors have typically earned among the highest if not the highest scores on the LSAT, well outstripping peers who major in the more popular Economics, Political Science, and English (SSRN).

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