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.
For students who pursue a major or minor, Classics provides a solid liberal arts education that will be useful in many careers and vital to the development of their full human capacity.
For students in other disciplines, Classics offers a valuable opportunity to investigate the works and traditions that have provided much of the background of their own chosen fields. Many find that working with the classical languages improves their skills as readers and writers.
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In 2015-16 the Department thoroughly revised the curriculum of the program in Classics.
*Generally speaking, changes in the major and minor apply only to students entering GVSU in 2016-17 and thereafter. Students with questions should consult their advisor.
GVSU's fifth Homerathon showcased Homer's "Odyssey" and brought together the campus community.
Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected works by the Roman politician and philosopher.
March 14, 2017
Euripides' "Helen," first produced in 412 B.C., has been translated for modern audiences by Diane Rayor, professor of Classics, and will be performed by Grand Valley students March 24-April 2.
January 24, 2017
Dr. Diane Rayor was interviewed by WGVU's Scott VanderWerf about her latest translation project.
September 25, 2016
During the eighth annual Paleo-Olympics, students were given the opportunity to take part in games, crafts, and activities inspired by ancient cultures on the west lawn of the Kirkhof Center.