Classical Studies

Classical Studies (Classics for short) is the oldest branch of the humanities, focusing on the cultures and languages of Greece and Rome and the history of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean in ancient times.

Classical antiquity witnessed the beginnings of mathematics, science, and medicine; the creation of enduring works of art and architecture; the invention of epic poetry, drama, biography, and satire; the rise and fall of some of history’s most famous empires; the development of democracy and political philosophy; and the birth of all three major Abrahamic religions.  If you’re interested in any of these topics, or on the ways that the achievements and failings of ancient people continue to shape our lives today, something in Classics will speak to you.

The Classical Studies Minor is designed to provide students from any major with an opportunity to enrich their understanding of the world - and of themselves - by engaging with the ideas and innovations that lie at the heart of the western tradition.