In classics, you study ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and the foundational works of European traditions of art, literature, science, and philosophy.

You gain an understanding of past cultures and engage with ancient Greeks and Romans in a dialogue on perennial questions. The combination of classics and classical archeology, with other areas of study, gives you the opportunity to explore the vitality of ancient works and their importance in modern times.

Classical studies are commonly taught in concert with philosophy, political science, history, theatre, anthropology, visual arts, and natural sciences.

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.

Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
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