Classical Studies is the study of the world of ancient Greece and Rome: the language and literature; ancient history and mythology; archaeology and philosophy of the classical world. Classical Studies students are trained in the ancient languages of Greek and Latin, and they read the great works of classical literature in the original (without the need for translations): the epic poetry of Homer and Virgil; the histories of Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, and Tacitus; the rich tradition of lyric and elegiac poetry; tragedy and comedy; the vast output of Cicero and other great men of politics and government; and the philosophy of Plato and Lucretius.

About the Major

With sound training and skills in critical reasoning and rigorous analysis, Classical Studies majors are well prepared for a variety of career and lifetime pursuits. Many Classical Studies students are admitted to graduate programs in various disciplines, as well as into pre-professional schools of law and medicine.

All students of Classical Studies are strongly urged to study both Greek and Latin through the advanced level. Courses in English translation provide comprehensive study of ancient civilizations, literature, history, and archaeology, as well as more specialized study of suitable preparation for graduate work in Classical Studies and many other disciplines.

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Graduate Outcomes

Sami Bates '19

A double-major in Classics and Psychology, Sami is a behavioral intervention aide specializing in autism at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


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Delaware, Ohio 43015
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P 740-368-3667

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Chair:  Andrea Colvin
Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures
University Hall 210

Academic Assistant: Beth Fedoush