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Classics, B.A.

Classics is the study of ancient Greece and Rome - among the world's most exciting, important, and influential civilizations.

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Program Overview

The program in classics embraces the many aspects of the Greek and Roman world - including the Greek and Latin languages, mythology, archaeology, history, and philosophy, from prehistory to the late Roman Empire and early Christianity. The department offers both a major and a minor.

Why Study Classics at Grand Valley?

The Department of Classics offers a complete preparation for students seeking a wide range of post-graduate and career opportunities; yet it remains small enough to allow our faculty to get to know all of our students individually and to work with them closely.

Classics students:

  • Profit from a practical education that offers valuable pre-professional training and marketable job skills.
  • Acquire and refine analytical and communications skills that make them able to approach any problem creatively and successfully.
  • Distinguish themselves as scholars, work on archaeological excavations, participate in cultural events, demonstrate leadership and committed citizenship, and travel and study abroad.
  • Develop the study habits and work ethic needed for success in demanding graduate and professional programs and in real-world careers.

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For More Information

Department of Classics
260 Lake Huron Hall, (616) 331-3600

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Career Options

A Classics degree opens the way to a wide range of interesting career opportunities. Classics students have gone on to find employment in fields as diverse as:

  • Public relations
  • Web design
  • Government service and law
  • Medicine
  • Museum management
  • Library sciences
  • Writing and publishing
  • Education


“Classics students have the tools to see our world as it really is because they have encountered and imaginatively experienced another that is so like, and so very unlike, our own.”