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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.

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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Events

Undergraduate Research Fair

Undergraduate Research Fair

October 4, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 11, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Stoic Week

Stoic Week

October 17, 2016 All Day
MIMESEIS: Trojan Women (1971)

MIMESEIS: Trojan Women (1971)

October 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Please Note:

In 2015-16 the Department thoroughly revised the curriculum of the program in Classics. 

There are new and revised courses and simplified and restructured choices* in the major and minor. Click on the preceding links for details. 

*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.


Spotlights

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

The Wheelhouse Talks: Charles Pazdernik

What the ancients can tell us about overcoming obstacles.

GV Lanthorn: Stoics Week delves into philosophy of 'Harry Potter'

GV Lanthorn: Stoics Week delves into philosophy of 'Harry Potter'

Stoics Week prompted participants to think about who they really are.

GVSU Classics grads on the move

GVSU Classics grads on the move

Recent alums' plans for 2016-17

Translating Sappho

Translating Sappho

Two articles by a GVSU Classics professor and an alumna appear in the journal Translation Review

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News

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

May 01, 2016

Dr. Griffin joins the faculty in 2016-17.

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

Third Annual Barbara L. Flaschenriem Classics Scholarship Announced

April 19, 2016

Allie Pohler and Kris Zasadil are recipients of the 2016-17 Flaschenriem Scholarship.

GVNow: What if Helen never fled to Troy?

GVNow: What if Helen never fled to Troy?

March 11, 2016

Prof. Diane Rayor has received a $35,000 grant to translate Euripides' "Helen."

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Give Now

Give Today

Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of the Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access for promising students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship benefits Classics students with financial need.