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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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Spotlights

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

Megan Esparsa is a recipient of the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology awarded by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS).

Another National Classics Scholarship for Summer Study

Another National Classics Scholarship for Summer Study

Classics major Allie Pohler is a recipient of the Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology awarded by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) for Summer 2016.

Classics named Outstanding GVSU Department

Classics named Outstanding GVSU Department

The Department of Classics was honored at the 2015 GVSU Student Life Awards.

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

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News

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

We welcome Dr. Quinn Griffin!

May 01, 2016

Dr. Griffin will be joining 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 is the recipient of a $35,000 grant to translate Euripides' "Helen."

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