The Department of Classics

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome - among the world’s most exciting, important, and influential civilizations.

The program in Classics spans the many different aspects of the Greek and Roman world - its languages and literatures, its art and archaeology, its history, its religious and philosophical traditions, its social and legal forms - from the Bronze Age to the period of the late Roman Empire and early Christianity.

The cultural riches of classical civilization are as rewarding as anything the liberal arts has to offer, but the value of Classics has another dimension as well.

Classics examines the artistic, intellectual, and social traditions that have shaped the Western world over the course of a hundred generations of human history. It provides an informed and critical perspective on many of the ideas, values, and institutions that continue to shape the world in which we live today.

The Department of Classics is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and participates in the interdepartmental Minor in ArchaeologyClassics faculty hold joint appointments in the Meijer Honors College and contribute to other programs. 

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