The Department of Classics is located on the ground floor of Gailor Hall.
The department offers a major in Greek, a major in Latin, and a major in Classical Languages. Each student's major program is designed in consultation with the chair of the department.
A student accepted to any of these majors in the Classics Department is assigned a reading list of ancient authors and modern works bearing on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. Part of the comprehensive examination is based on these readings. To be eligible for departmental honors, a student majoring in Classical Languages, Greek, or Latin is required to pass all courses in the major with an average of B, to pass the comprehensive examination with a grade of A or B, and to complete an acceptable honors paper.
Core Requirement: The foreign language requirement can be satisfied by any Latin course numbered 300–305.
Apart from the intellectual discipline, many students benefit from study of the foundational languages of the legal and medical professions and the hard sciences.
Students read ancient authors and modern works bearing on the languages, literatures, and civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome and are tested on those readings during the comprehensive examination.
The University is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and majors are encouraged to spend a semester studying there.