Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

The Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies introduces students to the languages, histories, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome.

Students who study classics learn about the Trojan war with Homer, contemplate what constitutes ‘the good life’ with Socrates and Plato, make contact with everyday Greeks and Romans by examining the graffiti, artifacts, and monuments they left behind, and consider ancient people’s experiences of family, love, war, politics, and theater through the writings of poets, historians, orators, and dramatists. Knowledge of ancient languages and cultures provides students with the linguistic, conceptual, and analytical skills to succeed in a range of careers, including medicine, seminary, law, non-profit work, business, journalism, government work, etc.

In addition, the study of classics provides a solid basis for understanding the many modern languages, institutions, artistic and literary works that engage with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. But because our modern world differs in important ways from these ancient cultures, the study of classics also promotes reflective examination of the ways we think, speak, and act today. In short, engagement with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome enriches students’ lives and provides them with the foundational skills and knowledge that will shape their opportunities and experiences into the future.

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 role in society and in the world.

Program Features

  • 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