Classical Studies

Classical Studies offers a multidisciplinary approach to the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome and the broader Mediterranean world, studying these both in their original context and as avenues for modern inquiry. Students make use of diverse theoretical approaches, spanning the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and apply them in rigorous coursework and research delving into politics, media, history, identity, religion, literature, material culture and the environment. Classical Studies connects us to a shared past which expands our notions of the present, offering new perspectives with which we can think about and address modern challenges. 


Students in Classical Studies pursue one of three concentrations within the major, each of which blends rigorous study of antiquity with modern theoretical frameworks and draws on the expertise of our faculty:

  • Literature and Performance
  • History, Politics and Social Justice
  • Archaeology and Archaeological Science

Regardless of concentration, students acquire proficiency in Latin or Greek; however, no experience with either language is required upon entry to the major. For a detailed description of the major and these concentrations, please visit About the Major.