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Foreign Language: Concentration Classics

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Why Foreign Language at APSU?

Majors in foreign languages at Austin Peay are all classified as receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages with a Specialization in the target language, e.g., Classics, or Greek.  The following courses are required for the B.A. in Foreign Languages with a Specialization in Classics.  The major consists of 30 hours of coursework.

Students with a Classics specialization will earn a deeper understanding of Classical Studies, Classical Civilizations, and the rich culture of the time. Courses include: Women in Antiquity, Mythology, Rhetoric, and many others.

What will I learn?

Our students acquire a firm understanding of one foreign language and culture, and will learn the rudiments of a second foreign language and culture.  At a deeper level, it means that our students will acquire the skills requisite to learning other languages, and thus, they will become comfortable in the languages and cultures of other countries.   At its most profound level, students can break down the barriers of time and space and can see the world through the eyes of previous generations.  Consequently, instead of relying on translations for understanding the histories and cultures of various peoples, our students come into direct contact with the minds of others.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge.  

What Do Foreign Language Majors Do After Graduation?

Classics is superb training for Law School and Medical School not only because of the help with vocabulary but mostly because of the way you learn to think about the material.  Business majors will find that studying Latin and Greek opens up the full series of Romance languages, and those are critical for doing business in Europe. 

  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Historians
  • Lawyers
  • Archaeologist
  • University Professors
  • Librarians
  • Museum Work
Stephen Kershner

Stephen Kershner

Assistant Professor of Classics

As one of the University's Classics educators, Dr. Kershner has a BA from Denison University, MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD from SUNY at Buffalo.

His research interstests include Imperial Roman Poetry, especially Statius and Vergil Intersections between Hellenistic Philosophy and Roman Poetry Medieval Irish adaptations of ancient Epic.