Why Classical Languages and Literature?
The classical component of the liberal arts implies that the education is based on Roman, Greek, and Hebrew antiquities. Traditionally, up until the past century, classical education meant the study of Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages along with their histories and literatures.
How does a Classical Liberal Arts program work?
While students study the liberal arts there is this distinction, it is Faith, language and literature based. Each subject teaches many subjects (ie. History, Religion, Literature, Science, etc.) at the same time. Learning is integrated with the classical & sacred arts by use of illustrations that are from the great works of the masters.
Therefore, while one learns Latin, he studies Roman History, Roman Bible history, the Roman arts and literature of the great Roman masters and authors, Church writings and developments from that period, sacred & classical music of Roman composers, Roman Liturgical studies, etc. The same occurs for Greek studies & Hebrew studies. Western Aramaic of the New Testament will be the emphasis of Hebrew linguistic studies. Aramaic (also known as Syriac) is the language of Jesus and the early Eastern Churches. Some of the apostles’ writings were in Aramaic. Also, the Aramaic preceding Hebrew in the Bible, only possesses dialectical differences from all Semitic languages (ie. Hebrew, Modern Aramaic/Syriac & Arabic).
Latin? Greek? Hebrew (In this case, Aramaic)?
"The Church has ever held the literary evidence of this wisdom in the highest esteem. She values especially the Greek & Latin language in which wisdom is cloaked, as it were, in a vesture of gold. She has likewise welcomed the use of other venerable languages, which flourished in the East. For these too have had no little influence in the progress of humanity and civilization. By their use in sacred liturgies and in versions of Holy Scripture, they have remained in force in certain regions even to the present day, bearing constant witness to the living voice of antiquity."
Apostolic Constitution "Veterum Sapientia"of His Holiness John XXIII: On the Study of Latin