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The Classics Endorsement provides an interdisciplinary program of study that introduces students to a classical language as well as the cultures, history, and philosophies of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern world.

Why should I study classics?

The Classics Endorsement allows students to dive deeply into a world that laid the foundations for much of our western traditions, from politics to thought, art, language, and belief, the Greeks, Romans, and other Mediterranean peoples are responsible for much of our cultural inheritance. The classical world is also the world of early Christianity. This endorsement provides a space for students to investigate the historical contexts in which their faith arose.

The endorsement is 15 credits:

Required:

  • History of Ancient Greece (4 credits) 
  • History of Ancient Rome (4 credits) 
  • Introductory Biblical Greek I (4 credits)
Choose one from:
  • Cultural World of the OT (3 credits) 
  • Cultural World of the NT (3 credits) 
  • History of Philosophy I (3 credits) 
  • Classics in Western Political Philosophy (3 credits)

What can I do with this degree?

The Classics Endorsement will introduce you to classical language as well as the cultures, history, and philosophies of the ancient Greek, Roman, and Eastern Mediterranean world—helping you develop skills that can be applied to any program or interest. And it is complemented by a wide range of cultural opportunities in Bethel's many study abroad offerings.

What skills will I develop?

The Classics Endorsement helps develop crucial humanities skills like close reading, knowledge of foreign languages, persuasive writing, and the ability to synthesize complex information. These skills will complement and support a variety of majors and interests.

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