Classics is the study of ancient cultures - primarily Greek and Roman - around the Mediterranean basin. You will examine all aspects of these civilizations; their languages and literature, history, religion, myth, philosophy, art and archaeology. Through comparison to the early, formative periods of our civilization, Classics can lead to a wider appreciation of our human values and achievements, and a more objective understanding of ourselves and our times. The logical, intellectual, and linguistic skills developed in a Classics concentration provide a preparation for a wide variety of career paths, from business to academia, from teaching to archaeology, art conservation and law. Employers may train you for a job -- but they certainly look for good writing, independent thinking and judgement.
The Department offers two types of courses. The first, in Greek or Latin Language and Literature, is marked in the calendar as GREK or LATN. The second type, marked as CLST, are studies of ancient civilizations, require no knowledge of the languages, and are taught wholly in English. Depending on your interests, you can select one or more of the following introductory courses in first year: Introduction to Archaeology; Introduction to Classical Literature; Introduction to Greek and Roman Civilization. Minor, medial or major concentrations in Classical Studies may be taken without a background in classical Greek and Latin, but more advanced study will require those languages, and those who wish can specialize in Latin and Greek language and literature. (Students considering concentrations in the Classics Department are encouraged to take at least one Greek or Latin course during the first year.) Whether you have no background in Latin or Greek or you are already proficient we have the course for you! Other specialized degree programs which may require Greek and Latin are Mediaeval Studies and Linguistics.
If you wish to experience archaeology first hand, the department may arrange for you to join its dig in Jordan or assist with a field placement elsewhere.
The department houses a small collection of antiquities and its students have access to a slide library of approximately 12,000 transparencies. Our website has information about Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology, Greek and Latin.
No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in Classics
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