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Classics

Why Study Classics? Life Sciences

Sdelphi0613tudents study the Classics to provide a rigorous foundation for a career in medicine.

 

  • “We can’t overestimate the value of a Classics major. Check this out: according to Association of American Medical Colleges, students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. Crazy, huh?” (The Princeton Review)
  • “So much of medical terminology is rooted in the Classics that studying Greek can facilitate study of anatomy for instance. But studying the Classics opens other doors that physicians tend to have closed just by the focused interest of their studies. Classics can be a vehicle for staying in touch with life - spiritual growth by reading the New Testament in its original language or cultural growth by reading the Iliad.” (Dr. Eric Dahl, Director, The University of Mississippi Student Health Service)
  • “I started out as a classics major. I’m now Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry. Of all the courses I took in college and graduate school, the ones that have benefited me the most in my career as a scientist are the courses in classics, art history, sociology, and English literature. These courses didn’t just give me a much better appreciation for my own culture; they taught me how to think, to analyze, and to write clearly.” (Gregory A Petsko, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Brandeis University; published in Genome Biology 2010, 11:138)