Classics is a student-centered program that encourages exploration of the living traditions and legacies of the ancient Greek and Roman (Classical) World.
The Classics program embraces the many cultures and languages of the ancient Greek and Roman worldfrom prehistory to the late Roman Empire and early Christianityand includes options to study mythology, archaeology, history, philosophy, and the Greek and Latin languages.
Why Study Classics at Grand Valley?
- Classics students are part of an interactive, face-to-face community with a personalized approach to instruction and advising. Small student cohorts work closely with faculty who get to know students as individuals, not just as faces in a crowd.
- Students have opportunities to pursue independent research
projects with faculty, working directly with ancient texts and
participating in archaeological work.
- The study of languages and cultures enables students to communicate effectively, and with empathy, in any new situation. The study of ancient Greek and Latin has a direct impact on development of strong reading and writing skills.
- The Classics Department actively promotes connections between alumni, current students, and faculty, so that students can build strong networks within and outside the university and be prepared for life after graduation.
- Classics students become leaders who can look beyond their own cultural and historical assumptions to solve real-world problems, informed by long-term perspectives and a concern for the future.