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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Mimeseis--Classics Film Series

October 2, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Undergraduate Research Fair

October 3, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Homerathon 6

October 10, 2017 All Day

Homerathon 6

October 11, 2017 All Day

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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.


New translation of Seneca illuminates Roman Stoicism

Prof. Peter Anderson translates selected works by the Roman politician and philosopher.

Translating Sappho

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

GV Lanthorn: Keeping Homer Alive

GVSU's fifth Homerathon showcased Homer's "Odyssey" and brought together the campus community.

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

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

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GVSU Classics Alumna on Fieldwork in Greece

May 01, 2017

Kendall Farkas '16 earned support from the national Honorary Society for Classical Studies.

WGVU: Grand Valley Presents Euripides' Helen

March 27, 2017

WGVU's Scott Vander Werf interviews Prof. Diane Rayor about the GVSU Theatre production of her new translation of Euripides' Helen.

GVNow on Staging of "Helen"

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.

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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.

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