Classics

"It is a testament to Grand Valley that I was able to have my own Grand Tour."

-Dylan Moore, B.A in Classics, German, and Philosophy

Classics

Jordan

Imagine reciting a speech of Cicero in the Roman senate house, enjoying fresh seafood while gazing across the Straits of Actium, running a footrace at Olympia, or strolling through the dusty streets of Pompeii. As a Classics major, you can easily meet program requirements while gaining a unique perspective about life in ancient Greece and Rome. Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market.

 

Academic Advice

As you plan  for study abroad, be sure to discuss your overall academic plan with your major advisor to ensure that you will meet requirements specific to your academic needs. The following are subject to approval and considered on a case by case basis.

  • Classes taken as part of a study abroad experience may be counted toward the Cultural or Language core.
  • Advanced Latin or Greek classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of Classical Languages emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Greek classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Greek emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Latin classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Latin emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Latin classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Latin Secondary Education emphasis requirement. Students should be aware, however, that most study abroad programs do not offer appropriate substitutes for Latin Prose Composition.
  • Classes taken as part of a study abroad experience may be counted toward the Classical Tradition emphasis 15 hours requirement. This is subject to department approval prior to participation in the program abroad.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take CLA 495 Capstone abroad. 
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Please note that several study abroad programs offer Greek and/or Latin, but not necessarily at advanced levels equivalent to the 300 level at GVSU. Students should be sure to discuss this issue with a Classics adviser as part of the study abroad planning process.
  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and/or conduct fieldwork while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill general education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

Greek World

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

    Term Available

   Program Notes

Non-GVSU

Greece

The American School of Classical Studies

Summer

Click here to view program notes

Non-GVSU

Greece

College Year in Athens

Semester, academic year or summer

Click here to view program notes

Non-GVSU

Greece

Arcadia University

Semester or academic year

Click here to view program notes

Non-GVSU

Greece

Kentucky Institute for International Studies

Summer

Click here to view program notes

Roman World

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

   Term Available

    Program Notes

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Semester or academic year

Click here to view program notes

Non-GVSU

Italy

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

Semester or academic year

Click here to view program notes

Non-GVSU

Italy

University of Arizona/Orvieto Institute of Classical Studies

Semester or summer

Click here to view program notes

Field Work Opportunities Abroad

Numerous opportunities exist for summer archaeological fieldwork at ancient Greek and Roman sites throughout the Mediterranean. Students interested in fieldwork opportunities should contact Prof. Melissa Morison directly. Please be aware that application deadlines for many field training programs fall early in the academic year

GVSU Partnerships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

    Term Available

   Program Notes

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year or summer

 

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

University of Reading

Semester or summer

Click here to view program notes

Explore Other Program Options

While the Classics Dept. recommends focusing on Classics courses in the Greek/Roman world, you may be interested in the following destinations as well, where courses in the Classics can be taken.

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Classics Department
260 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3600
cladept@gvsu.edu



Page last modified May 22, 2017