The field of classics is the study of the ancient Mediterranean world and the civilizations of Greece and Rome – the foundation of the Western intellectual experience. Latin is the largest contributor to the English language as the source of 90 percent of English words over two syllables.

Through the lens of classical studies you’ll view the world in a new way, think more critically, freely discuss your ideas and write clearly and effectively.

Programs of Study

To minor in classical studies, students must take at least 8 credits in Latin or Greek, and additional culture-related courses for a total of 20 credits. 

Students may choose to minor in Latin or Greek with additional language courses, or pair with art, history and archival research for a major or minor in heritage & museum studies.

New Testament Greek

In you are interested in ministry or want to study the source, the department offers courses in New Testament Greek, the original language of the Bible.

Study What Interests You

The classics encompass an enormous variety of human endeavors: language, poetry, myth, history, philosophy, religion, archaeology, art and more.


Dr. Heather Waddell

Chair/Assistant Professor, Classical Studies Bishop Whipple 154