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

Classics Advising Week, March 9-13

Classics Advising Week, March 9-13

March 13, 2015 All Day

Classics majors are urged make time to meet with their advisor (or with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Crane, or Dr. Rayor if their advisor is not in residence this semester) during the week of March...

The Classics Society presents the Second Annual Festival of Dionysus

The Classics Society presents the Second Annual Festival of Dionysus

March 13, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Classics Society presents the Second Annual Festival of Dionysus Date: March 13, 2015  Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Location: 154 Lake Superior Hall  More Information: http://www.facebook.com/events/774830725940570/ The...

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Spotlights

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

National Classics Scholarship Supports Summer Study

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

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

GV Lanthorn: Experiential learning

Paleo-Olympics teaches history through games, demonstrations.

"The best version of Sappho in English"

"The best version of Sappho in English"

Prof. Diane Rayor's translation of the complete works of Sappho includes newly discovered poems.

Classics major earns top GVSU honor

Classics major earns top GVSU honor

Abigail DeHart, a double-major in Classics and Philosophy, has received the 2015 Niemeyer Student Award.

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News

Feature: "Giving Students Permission to Enter into an Uncertain Beauty"

Feature: "Giving Students Permission to Enter into an Uncertain Beauty"

March 01, 2015

Prof. Peter Anderson is featured in the March issue of CLAS Acts, the newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

GV Lanthorn: Last Lecture focuses on hope, storytelling

GV Lanthorn: Last Lecture focuses on hope, storytelling

November 24, 2014

Prof. Charles Pazdernik addressed the tragedy of his summer bike accident before a crowd of students and community members in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Nov. 20.

GV Lanthorn: Classic Film Series Sparks Controversy

GV Lanthorn: Classic Film Series Sparks Controversy

October 22, 2014

Students are invited to participate in a film and stage series revolving around modern adaptations of classic Greek and Roman texts which will draw them out of their comfort zones.

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Give Now

Give Today

Professor Barbara Flaschenriem was a founding member of Grand Valley State University's Department of Classics and deeply invested in expanding access to University education for promising and committed students of Greco-Roman antiquity. The scholarship which bears her name will benefit Classics students with financial need.