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.


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.



Fall 2021 Classics Alumni Workshop Series

The Classics Department is pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Alumni Workshop Series, "Conversations from Cairo" with alumna, Hannah Gaff, class of 2008.

Sep 16, 2021

Shrouds From Roman Egypt

Join us on October 27 at 6:30 PM for a fascinating discussion of Egyptian funerary practice!

Aug 31, 2021

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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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HOMERathon VII is concluded! Spotlight

HOMERathon VII is concluded!


GVNext Article Featuring Meghan O'Neill Spotlight

GVNext Article Featuring Meghan O'Neill

Fellow Classics student Meghan O'Neill presented a paper at a national conference. GVNext featured her in an article about her experience.

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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.