Major and Minor Programs


The Department of Classics and Archaeology seeks to provide the student with a deeper understanding of the literary and cultural foundations of western societies by exploring their roots in the Greek and Roman classical traditions. Our archaeological offerings extend these investigations of early European cultures into their Near Eastern background and include the hands-on study of ancient artifacts. The combined study of the languages, literature, religion, and material cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East offers the student a wide-ranging and well-rounded preparation in critical thinking, analytic skills, and writing and prepares the student to contextualize the immense achievements of the past in the modern world. Because of the broad humanistic nature of the programs in Classics and Archaeology, there emerge fundamental questions about what it means to be a human being, and thus the courses in the department offer many interdisciplinary connections with philosophy, theological studies, history, theater, and other academic fields.


Classics and Archaeology Student Learning Outcomes

As a Classics and Archaeology Major, the student will:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Civilizations, including such areas as their history, literature (in the original or in translation), and their material culture;
  • Be able to critically analyze the cultures of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world and place them in social and historical contexts, both ancient and modern;
  • Develop writing, research and communication skills that are articulate, thoughtful and effective.