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.

Name Title Phone Web
Mary McHugh Associate Professor and Chair 507-933-7151
Eric Dugdale Professor 507-933-7161 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 507-933-7596
William Freiert Emeritus Professor and Visiting Professor 507-933-7639 web
Janine Genelin Administrative Assistant, Old Main 507-933-7548
Stewart Flory Professor Emeritus web
Patricia Freiert Professor Emeritus web