The field of Classics examines the languages and literatures, art, cultures, history, and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean world from approximately 3000 B.C.E. to approximately 500 C.E., with particular emphasis on the civilizations of Greece and Rome and their reciprocal relations with the surrounding societies of the Near East, Egypt, North Africa, and Western Europe. This field of study incorporates, and is based upon, the scientific principles of philological and archaeological methodology.
The fully accredited overseas program in historic Orvieto, Italy provides an opportunity to study Classics with the ancient sites as a classroom. In addition, faculty-led tours, fieldwork and courses at ancient sites and museums in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean during Spring Break and summer sessions are available for academic credit.
Studies have shown that Classics majors are among the highest performers on the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT, and are among the most competitive applicants for graduate and professional schools. The Classics major enhances any career path through developing high-level literacy skills and intercultural competencies. Classics majors can be found in virtually any profession, including business, education, law, and medicine.