BA in Classics

CLASSICS

Classics is the study of all aspects of the lives of the ancient Greeks and Romans. You can study their artwork, their culture, their history, their languages, their literatures, their philosophy, their technology, their social and scientific views of the world around them, and the artifacts they left behind.

WHY STUDY CLASSICS? 

  • Gain a cross-cultural perspective on the roots of our society. Read some of the most influential texts of world civilization (in English or in the original languages), and study the material culture of some of the civilizations that shaped the modern world. 

  • Classics courses help students develop their abilities in critical analysis, creative thinking, and effective oral and written communication. Our courses in Latin and Greek also deepen students' understanding of language and the roots of English vocabulary.

  • Classics houses the W.G. Hardy Museum, with its collection of Near Eastern and Classical Antiquities. Our graduates are well-equipped to pursue careers in museums, and our museum offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as a student volunteer. 

  •  Our History and Classics Undergraduate Society holds study sessions, a book club, movie nights, and games nights. Constellations, our undergraduate journal, allows students to publish their work. 

  • Our annual archaeological field school in Greece and our study-tour of Greece offer you hands-on experience.

CLASSICS MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS 

Classics majors will take 30 to 48 credits in senior level Classics (CLASS), Greek and Latin. At least 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above, with 6 credits of that being at the 400-level.

Students are required to take at least 6 credits in GREEK and/or LATIN at the senior level (except for those completing the Certificate in Archaeology or a double major with Anthropology).

Classics majors may also be interested in pursuing the Certificate in Archaeology alongside their degree.

Be sure to check out our Classics Honors program too!

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A CLASSICS DEGREE?

 An undergraduate degree in Classics will prepare you to do research, think, ask questions, and communicate your ideas – skills that will take you in many different personal, intellectual and career directions. Classics graduates are particularly well equipped for careers in: 

ADVOCACY: lawyers, politicians, public service and nonprofit professionals

COMMUNICATION: film and television producers, journalists, writers, editors, also public relations/marketing work. 

EDUCATION: school teachers, university professors, directors of historic sites and museums

CULTURAL PRESERVATION and RESEARCH: Commercial archeologists, 

Museum and Historic sites curators, interpretation work with museums, art galleries and heritage organizations, public-sector arts administrators.

ADVISORS

For advice about the Classics major contact Adam Kemezis. For information about the Classics Honors program contact Frances Pownall. For information on any of our undergraduate programs contact Director of Undergraduate Programs, Jane Samson.

For information on graduate programs in Classics, please click here.