The Department of Classics offers courses in the languages, history, and culture of classical antiquity, and in linguistics. The language courses emphasize the intellectual and cultural values of the study of Greek and Latin, in addition to first-hand appreciation of both classical and Christian literature, which are the roots of our cultural tradition.
Majoring in classics (Classical Studies, Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin) does not commit you to a career in classical scholarship and teaching. Among our Classics graduates you will find college presidents, doctors and lawyers, businessmen, executives of major corporations and financial institutions, ministers, administrators of historical collections, museum curators, and artists. The Council on Legal Education of the American Bar Association rates classics as one of the five undergraduate majors most valuable for pre-law education.
Basic courses in ancient languages are carefully designed both for potential majors and for the general liberal arts student who wishes to use Latin or Greek to fulfill his language proficiency requirement or as part of his humanities distribution requirement (as explained in the Core Curriculum section later in this book). The beginners' textbooks in both Latin and Greek are based on material from ancient authors so as to move the student as rapidly as possible into original texts. In addition to learning the languages, you will acquire all the long-term benefits of training in Greek and Latin-richer English vocabulary, better command of English diction and grammar, and a more sensitive appreciation of literary style.
A special Classical Studies major, involving minimal study in the original languages, is available. Split or double-majors with Classics as a component can be devised for qualified students. "Special topics" tutorials or seminars are always available so that the student with particular interests can pursue individual study under the guidance of one of our professors.
The College holds memberships in both the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, enabling you to study in the summer or a semester in Greece or Italy.