Classical Studies

Classical Studies is the collective term for the many disciplines that study the ancient Mediterranean cultures of Greece and Rome. Traditionally, the main emphasis is placed on Greece from the fifteenth to the fourth centuries BCE, and Rome from the seventh century BCE to the fourth century CE.

Classical Studies are fundamentally interdisciplinary and encompass:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Art
  • Philosophy
  • Architecture
  • Societal organization
  • Archaeology
  • Greek and Latin languages

Part of studying Classics means that you will learn the methods of historians, philologists, archaeologists, art historians, and philosophers. You will gain not only an understanding of these ancient cultures, but also learn how they functioned as part of a multi-ethnic, inter-connected ancient world centered on the Mediterranean Sea.

An important part of this inquiry will be the legacy of these cultures, because many things that we take for granted today—from literary forms such as tragedy and comedy to our system of laws and ideal of democratic government—have their origins in Ancient Greece and Rome.

Faculty

See faculty who teach in History.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
16
Word Play: Literature, Creative Writing, and Poetics of Catastrophe
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16