Why study Classics?

DXI8dpJV4AAkOWlThe Department of Classical Studies provides an introduction to classical civilization through courses in Greek and Roman literature in translation, history, philosophy, religion, art, and archaeology. Through courses in classical studies, students engage some of the most profound thinkers and writers of human history. Our students explore issues of enduring importance in ethics, politics, art, literature, and history.

The ancient Greeks and Romans created much of the political, social, and intellectual framework for Western civilization. For more than 2,000 years, classical civilization and tradition have influenced the political and religious institutions, languages, literature, and arts of many nations. The study of classics not only provides access to the thoughts, achievements, and ways of life of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but also treats material relevant to the study of many cultures across the ages.