About the Department of Classics & Religious Studies

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About Us

We recruit high-achieving students who are excited about intensive, active research, education abroad opportunities and subjects that never go out of style. We provide students with an excellent background to pursue graduate work, and the broad and humane education they receive excellently prepares them for careers in law, medicine, journalism, ministry, business, and education.

Our History

A Greek professor and a Latin professor were among the five professors in residence when the university opened its doors in the fall of 1871. The university's original 1867 charter also called for the appointment of a Professor of Theology and the History of All Religions. In 1998 the original intention of the university's founders was fulfilled when the department became the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, two humanities fields of study that share common interests in text, language, and history.

Major in Classics & Religious Studies

The classics and religious studies major offers a wide range of courses in the civilization, religions and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world, as well as ancient and modern religions broadly conceived. It is an interdisciplinary major with two areas of emphasis, one in Classics and one in Religious Studies. Depending on your chosen emphasis, this major is designed to provide you with an excellent background to pursue graduate work in classical languages and literature, classical archaeology, ancient history, religious studies, literary scholarship, and other humane disciplines. In addition, the broad and humane education offered by the major serves as excellent preparation for wide-ranging careers.

Major in Classical Languages

This major is intended primarily for those interested in graduate study of the Greco-Roman world. As competency in both Greek and Latin is requisite for graduate study, students must take courses in both languages to complete the major. This major is also appropriate for students who wish to undertake advanced study in related fields such as linguistics, or to teach high school Latin.

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