The Department of Classics

The Classical Tradition

The connections between the world of classical Greece and Rome and the cultures of other places and other times form a rich, varied, and increasingly important area of study.

Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510), The Three Graces (detail).

Consult the GVSU Catalog for detailed program information:

Classics - Program Description 
Classics, B.A. 
   Classical Languages 
   Classical Tradition 
   Latin Secondary Education 

Classics (minor) 
   Classical Tradition 

As classical civilization faded, it left in its place a legacy of precedents and possibilities in every area of culture - in art and literature, certainly, but also in philosophy, religion, political thought, and social organization - which were taken up, used, and interpreted in many different ways in the new cultural environments of later times.

Examples of this process can be seen all around us and range from the paintings of Botticelli and Raphael in the Italian renaissance, through the dramas of Shakespeare and the West African playwrights Efua Sutherland and Wole Soyinka, to the ideas behind the American Constitution, the architecture of our Capitol, and even the design of our money.

Indeed, the continually shifting sense of connection with the classical past provides an important key to a culture's - and a nation's - sense of its own historical identity.

Grand Valley's unique program in the Classical Tradition emphasizes these connections.  The program's individual courses and degree programs are designed for students who seek a broad acquaintance with the classical world combined with the study of its important legacies in another specific field.

Affording students the opportunity to design either a major or a minor that fits their own talents, interests, and career goals, the program provides a distinctive framework for cross-cultural study that is at once focused, flexible, and exceptionally rewarding.

The Classical Tradition (Major emphasis)

The Classical Tradition (Minor emphasis)

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