What exactly is the difference between a major (or minor) in Classics and one in Classical Civilization?

The primary difference between the two major tracks is the requirement to study ancient languages and, as a result, whether the focus is on reading ancient sources in their original language or in translation.

Classics majors are required to take at least 38 credits in Greek and Latin (Latin at or above the 3000 level), while Classical Civilization majors are not required to take any ancient language courses, though they are encouraged to and language courses can count towards their major requirements. This allows Classical Civilization majors to focus their attention more on ancient history and archaeology.

Students pursuing the Classics track who start with no Latin experience are advised to take the intensive beginning Latin sequence (LATN 1001-2) rather than the beginning and intermediate sequence (LATN 1011-12 and 2011-2012).