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Department: Classical Studies

Classical Studies

About the Program


A major in classical studies offers courses which integrate exciting interactive technology, small classes and individualized attention. In addition to study of Latin and Greek language and literature, a Classical Studies program covers history and archeology of the ancient world, ancient and medieval art and philosophy, study of women in the ancient world and classical mythology.  Biblical Greek and medieval Latin are possible electives.  Students acquire research skills as they use library and internet sources to pursue topics of special interest.  Classical studies students are encouraged to participate in short-term archeological tours offered in January and summer.

The classical studies major can be tailored to individual needs and interests due to the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of its course offerings. Additionally, Notre Dame's chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, the national classical honor society, is very active locally and nationally.   Eta Sigma Phi sponsors travel to local lectures and performances related to classical studies, such as the programs of the Baltimore Society of the Archaeological Institute of America that take place at the Johns Hopkins University, exhibits at the Walters Art Museum, and relevant concerts and plays.  Notre Dame regularly sends student delegates each spring  to the annual Eta Sigma Phi national convention.