Classics: Greek, Latin and Classical Civilization


The Study of Classics

The Classics Program includes the study of all facets of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, including history, philosophy, drama, history of science, textual criticism, religion, archeology and art history. In addition to comparative genre courses and film courses, Classics studies also include reception theory, Western traditions, and the vast influence of Greek and Roman myths, literature, and culture on contemporary and later literature and theory.

The undergraduate program in Classics provides the student with a thorough philological training in the ancient languages of Greek and Latin and their literatures. The Greek program includes the study of Homer, Greek tragedy, Herodotus, Plato and the New Testament. An emphasis in Latin includes the study of Plautus, Lucretius, Catullus, Horace, Virgil and Livy. The program enables students to work under the guidance of award-winning teachers and scholars and complete a capstone project which demonstrates their competence in the ancient languages, their writing skills, and their abilities to organize comparative and multidisciplinary data.