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.

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.

 

Events

Summer Greek and Latin

Online Greek and Latin for Summer 2022 begins Wednesday and Thursday May 11-12! Register here!

May 6, 2022

Conversation from Rome!

Please join us for a conversation with Professor Andrew (Andy) Lund, a GVSU Classics alumnus who is currently Resident Instructor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (the Centro) in Rome, Italy.

May 1, 2022

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News

Alumna receives Fulbright Award

Alumna receives Fulbright Award

Hannah Gaff, Class of 2008, is the recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Egypt.

Jul 18, 2021

GV Magazine: Classics to Career

GV Magazine: Classics to Career

Alumni reflect on applications of studying classical texts in their current professions.

Mar 5, 2021

Students enjoy the 2021 Paleo-Olympics

Students enjoy the 2021 Paleo-Olympics

The Classics Department joined Archaeology Program Partners for the annual Paleo-Olympics event on September 10, 2021

Feb 28, 2021

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Spotlights

Award recognizes outstanding young classicist Spotlight

Award recognizes outstanding young classicist

Allie Pohler received a $1,000 scholarship from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS).

HOMERathon VII is concluded! Spotlight

HOMERathon VII is concluded!

THE SEVENTH RUNNING OF AN EPIC EVENT 2020: A CYBERSPACE ODYSSEY

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Give Now

Give Today

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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