Introduction to the Department

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome, in particular the ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures. Classics majors and minors study ancient Greece and Rome through direct access to the rich tradition of Greek and Latin literature in a variety of genres: epic, lyric and elegiac poetry; tragedy and comedy; ancient history and philosophy; classical mythology and religion.

Classics at Ohio Wesleyan has a long tradition that dates back to the very founding of the college in 1842. Advanced courses are offered in Virgil, Homer, Tacitus, Sophocles, Horace, Pindar, Lucretius, Aeschylus, and many others. Also offered are surveys of Roman Republican and Imperial history and literature, Greek literature and thought, and the hallmark of Classics at Ohio Wesleyan: small tutorials and independent studies on a variety of classical topics.

Department Features

  • OWU Classics was named one of the “Best 25 Great Books Programs” in the nation by Best College Reviews.
  • Classics students are regularly afforded the opportunity to collaborate on scholarly projects with Classics faculty and to assist in cooperative research.
  • Classics majors often double major in another discipline. They receive a sound training in skills of critical reasoning and the rigor of close, careful analysis that makes Classics an attractive option either as a standalone major or in combination with another (especially for those interested in careers in law and medicine).

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Available Minors

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Chair: Lee Fratantuono
Professor of Classics