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About the Program

P7060497_2.jpg From the very earliest periods (prehistory) to the dissolution of the Roman Empire, a core selection of seminal works have established themselves as timeless examples of genius, and as cultural and societal touchstones.

Classics is the broad field covering Greco-Roman antiquity from the very earliest periods (prehistory) to the dissolution of the Roman Empire. Classicists study the literature and language, anthropology, art history, religion, philosophy, and history of the ancient Mediterranean world. Through the study of primary material (Latin and Greek texts, in the original or in translation, and archaeological and art historical artifacts), students gain an appreciation for the ancient societies that continue to illuminate our own. Students must master not only basic factual material, but also learn how to synthesize complex and sometimes disparate material.

The Classics Program’s broad range of experiences prepares you for a variety of careers. While some of our students go on to further study in Classics, professional schools and business schools recognize that Classics is a rigorous major, which provides a serious intellectual foundation for work in any field. You can read various testimonials by clicking here.


PROGRAM GOALS of the Classics Program are broad, embracing cultural and social issues, critical thinking, language skills, and advanced research skills.

Classics students have a choice of a range of study abroad opportunities, as semester iStock_000000508610XSmall.jpg and summer Study Programs take place in various Mediterranean countries: 

—Greece at College Year at Athens, with courses in ancient languages and history, as well as in English in political science, history, philosophy, and environmental studies.

iStock_000005829400XSmall.jpg —Italy in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, with courses in languages and history, we well as art history.

Classics majors also have the opportunity to conduct Student at excavation, Turkeyadvanced research at the side of a professor. For example, one recent graduate, working in collaboration with Dr. Haskell, produced a paper on the topic of the arrival of Greeks on Crete (published in Athens the following year). Another student “read” and classified a sequence of pottery sherds at an archaeological site in Turkey.

Senior Latin minor and junior Greek minor getting geared up to read papers at the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium 2011, Washington