Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome - among the world's most exciting, important, and influential civilizations.
The classics program embraces the many aspects of the Greek and Roman world - including the Greek and Latin languages, mythology, archaeology, history, and philosophy - from prehistory to the late Roman Empire and early Christianity. For students who pursue a major or minor, classics provides a solid liberal arts education that will be useful in many careers and vital to the development of their full human capacity. For students in other disciplines, classics offers a valuable opportunity to investigate the works and traditions that have provided much of the background of their own chosen fields. Many find that working with the classical languages improves their skills as readers and writers.
Classics courses share an emphasis on encountering the classical world through primary sources, both textual and material. Complementing this emphasis is the study of the living tradition that has shaped - and continues to shape - the ways in which we understand our world today.
Classics graduates go on to careers as varied as:
The Department of Classics offers a complete preparation for students seeking a wide range of post-graduate and career opportunities. Yet it remains small enough to allow our faculty to get to know all of our students individually and to work with them closely. Classics students:
“We can't overestimate the value of a classics major.”