The Department of Classics explores ancient Greece and Rome and reveals how their cultures, history, politics, science, languages and theater have shaped the modern world. Our curriculum encompasses an enormous variety of human endeavor: poetry, myth, history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, art, and more. All these studies share the aim of expanding and enriching our picture of Greco-Roman culture, and thereby deepening our understanding of contemporary society.
Students of Classics quickly recognize that among the intellectual, political, and social currents swirling around us today there is very little that is really new under the sun: democracy, empire, freedom and autonomy, “colonialism,” “multiculturalism,” radical skepticism, debates about gender and racial difference and about theology and doctrine -- all these and many more “modern” questions have their roots in Greek and Roman civilization.
We offer three distinct emphases to undergraduates: Greek and Latin literature, Greek and Roman culture, and Archaeology.