Classical and Ancient Studies Program

Why Study Classics?

Study The Ancient Mediterranean World

1865 Spruner Map of the Mediterranean from the Punic Wars to Mithridates the Great - Geographicus - MareInternum-spruner-1865

Study the art, languages, literatures, histories and cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean World from 3500 BC to 500 AD. Pursue an English Major with an emphasis in Classical, Medieval and Early Modern Literature, a History major with an Emphasis in Ancient and Medieval History, or complete a minor in conjunction with any other degree in the college.

Understand Why The Ancient World Is Still Relevant Today

The Classical World is all around us. Classics helps you understand the structure of our government, contemporary film and literature, the shape of buildings around us, and even the Super Bowl half-time show.

Work Closely With Faculty

The Classics Program gives you opportunities to work with faculty on archaeological digs, international research projects, study abroad, and to pursue personalized independent studies in your areas of interest.

Get To Know Other Students

The Classics Student Organization sponsors end of semester celebrations, movie nights, museum trips, receptions for visiting scholars, and other events.

Build A Career

Studying Classics provides you with a broadly based, liberal arts education that prepares you to work effectively in many different fields. Ted Turner - the founder of CNN - Lynn Schurr - a reporter for ABC - J.K. Rowling - author of the Harry Potter Series - and even Teller - the silent partner in the magical duo Penn and Teller - all studied Classics.

The Tomb of the Diver - Paestum - Italy

The program can also provide training for specific positions as teachers, in museums and with archaeological services. The Classics program is also a strong pathway to further graduate study in Classics, in seminary, and also in law school. According to the Princeton Review, “Students who major or double-major in Classics have a better success rate getting into medical school than do students who concentrate solely in biology, microbiology, and other branches of science. … Further, according to Harvard Magazine, Classics majors (and math majors) have the highest success rates of any majors in law school. Believe it or not: political science, economics, and pre-law majors lag fairly far behind. Even furthermore, Classics majors consistently have some of the highest scores on GREs of all undergraduates.”