Department of Classics

The Department of Classics introduces students to the foundations of western culture in the civilizations of Greece and Rome. The Department offers courses in the Greek and Latin languages and literatures as well as Classical Studies courses, which do not require knowledge of Latin or Greek.

Greek and Latin courses aim at equipping students to read the masterpieces of ancient literature in the original as quickly as possible. Classical Studies courses give students a broad overview of Greek and Roman literature, history and society, and of the surviving monuments of ancient art and architecture. The study of Greek helps students learn essential vocabulary and concepts in the sciences, philosophy, and theology. Greek is especially helpful for those interested in studying the Christian scriptures. Recent research has shown that study of Latin markedly improves one's knowledge of English vocabulary and grammar. A knowledge of Latin provides skills useful in many careers, including business, law, and medical careers.

Throughout the program students are introduced to theoretical explanations and the associated empirical evidence and research methods employed to establish and evaluate them. We expect that the knowledge and skills that students develop will serve them well as they consider their responsibilities to society and their role in the world.

Features of our Program

  • Nationally recognized as one of the top liberal arts college classics departments
  • Multi-disciplinary major incorporating languages, cultures, literature, history, art,                                                                  archaeology, religion, and theatre, with study abroad opportunities that count towards the majors
  • Flory-Freiert Fellowship funds summer enrichment project of fellow's choosing
  • Student research opportunities, including the Homer Multitext Project
  • Leadership opportunities through Classics Honor Society (Eta Sigma Phi) and language tutoring
  • Option to gain teaching licensure through the Latin Teaching Major
  • Classics majors excel in admission tests including the MCAT (med school) and LSAT (law school)
  • Engaged network of alumni in a wide range of professions
Name Title Phone Web
Mary McHugh Associate Professor and Chair 507-933-7151
Eric Dugdale Hanson-Peterson Professor of Liberal Studies 507-933-7541 web
Seán Easton Associate Professor 507-933-7640 web
Yurie Hong Associate Professor 507-933-7160
Matthew Panciera Associate Professor 507-933-7596 web
William Bruce Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7470
William Freiert Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor 507-933-7639 web
Janine Genelin Administrative Assistant, Old Main 507-933-7548
Patricia Freiert Professor Emerita web
Stewart Flory Professor Emeritus web