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4 Focuses to choose from

Four areas of emphasis are possible: Civilization, Latin Language, Greek Language, and Latin Teaching. While any serious student of historical linguistics, ancient history, and archaeology will have to be able to read the sources in their original languages (Latin and Greek), below are just a few examples of other careers for which Classics provides valuable training.

a painting of old greek ruins in a mountainous landscape.


A broad introduction to the ancient world. Students take classes in Greek and Roman history, as well as classical philosophy, art, politics and language. This is essential preparation for anyone interested in studying life and art during the Greco-Roman period.

An exceprt of an old Latin illuminated text.

Latin Language

Focus on classical Latin. Along with classes in Roman history and civilization, students learn basic Latin grammar and syntax as they read works by Caesar, Vergil, Ovid, Catullus, Livy, Cicero, Plautus and a wide range of other Roman authors. Understanding Latin is an important tool for all students of pre-modern history.

Ancient Greek Letters engraved into a gold plate.

Greek Language

Focus on classical (Attic) Greek. Along with courses on ancient Greek history and culture, students read the works of authors like Plato, Homer, Euripides, Sophocles and Xenophon. Ancient Greek is essential preparation for advanced work in classics, early Christianity and other historical fields.

A classics teacher speaks with a student.

Latin Teaching

The study of Latin with a focus on the best and latest pedagogy. Students read and study texts they're likely to teach (Vergil, Cicero, Catullus, Ovid) and then hone skills and strategies for bringing alive Roman culture and literature in today's classroom. This degree is a must for all future Latin teachers.