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.

 

Events

Summer Greek and Latin Groups

Informal, come-as-you-can reading groups meet over the summer on Zoom from 5-6 PM on Wednesdays (Greek) and Thursdays (Latin). No cost! Open to all Friends of Classics at GVSU!

May 6, 2021

Classics Alumni Workshop: Kendall Farkas

Join us April 22nd at noon via Zoom for the last installment of the year of the Classics Alumni Workshop Series!

Apr 17, 2021

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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.

Jun 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

Outreach, Diversity, and Art

Outreach, Diversity, and Art

GVSU Classics Prof. Diane Rayor on the merits of literary translation.

Jan 31, 2021

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Spotlights

GVNext Article Featuring Meghan O'Neill

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.

A new version of the Codex of Justinian

A new version of the Codex of Justinian

Prof. Charles Pazdernik collaborated on a new translation of one of the most important legal works in the history of western law.

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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.