The interdisciplinary minor in Classical Perspectives provides immersion in foundational ideas, texts and histories of the Greco-Roman tradition that speak to more contemporary topics and areas of study. How did the Greeks and Romans view love and sexuality, justice and mercy, wisdom and honor, war and peace, glory and shame? What insights might classical perspectives provide into artistic and political choices, professional practices, ethical controversies and social issues in other ages; or, into the study of psychology, sex, gender and sexuality, international relations, race relations, cinema, the sciences, business, theatre or popular culture?
While housed in Classics, the minor is also connected to the USC Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. The minor includes a reading concentration for which students construct a preferred reading list in consultation with a faculty member as part of CORE 200 , Liberal Arts Reading Salon, and a capstone experience for which students complete a writing or comparable creative project in consultation with a faculty member as part of CORE 400 , Capstone. The capstone will include opportunities for students to explore contemporary representations of the classics, on and off campus, to deepen their appreciation of the classical tradition in contemporary contexts.
The interdisciplinary 16-unit minor is meant to be easily adapted to any student’s program of study and allows students to double-count General Education and Thematic Option Honors courses. Students choose 16 units from the list below in consultation with a Classics faculty or staff adviser. No more than 8 units may be taken in any one USC Dornsife department or USC school.