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Academic Program: Why Study Classics?

Like many disciplines in the liberal arts, Classics provides a rigorous environment to improve critical thinking and communication. Studying Latin and Greek in particular equips students with a greater facility in understanding the potential and limitations of language.

Such training can also enrich study in other disciplines, most notably in related fields like Philosophy, Comparative Literature and History, where knowledge of Classical material can provide a useful key or powerful counterpoint. One of the greatest benefits of Classics for majors, minors, or those who experience just a class or two is the bracing experience of encountering—through texts and across a vast gulf of time—people who are at once familiar and strange, who continue to influence how we think, act and feel and yet are radically different from us. With honest and critical engagement this encounter can make one's thinking richer and more complex.

Studying Classics has helped prepare our graduates for a number of different careers after graduation. Some have pursued advanced degrees in Classics or related fields (e.g. Archaeology and Religion); others have studied medicine, public policy, dentistry, or law; still others have chosen careers in journalism, in business, in publishing, in social work, in museum curatorship, and in secondary education.