Classical Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Classical Studies?

Classical Studies draw on  the study of literature, art, archaeology, history, political theory, law, medicine, and religion to understand the societies of ancient Greece and Rome in their broader Mediterranean context and their relevance to our culture today.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Broad coursework

Consisting of three faculty members in the Classical Studies program and one professor in the History Department, our faculty have diverse interests and offer a fuller range of courses than many programs in the state, including rare courses such as Race and Ethnicity and Ancient Law. Miami offers a complete range of  classical Latin courses and a full range of independent study courses in ancient Greek, as well as courses in art, literature, archaeology, and ancient culture. Miami's classics instructors are recognized regionally and nationally for their teaching, scholarship, and leadership positions in organizations.

Study abroad

Miami's study abroad programs in Italy and Greece offer opportunities to observe first hand some of the art and architecture discussed in classes and to relate your classical humanities studies to other cultures.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

In addition to Global Miami Plan Foundation courses, Classical Studies majors are required to take classes such as Greek Civilization, Introduction to Roman Civilization, and Classical Mythology. You also choose remaining hours (6) from areas like art, history, language, literature, philosophy, and religion to make up an integrated study plan. Knowledge and course work in at least one ancient language is also recommended. Many classics majors are interested in other subjects and choose double majors.

In your junior and senior years, you'll continue with upper-level classics courses. Your junior and senior years are flexible so you can take related hours in other programs, work on your double major, or pursue a study abroad opportunity.

What can I do with this major?

A graduate of classics can offer an employer the ability to read, write, and think analytically about a broad range of human concerns. Potential career areas include law, journalism, library science, publishing, and teaching. With an additional proficiency in a modern language, a classics major would be a strong candidate for positions in international business and diplomacy.

Many classics graduates decide to continue their education. While Miami does not offer a graduate program in classics, the department does provide a solid foundation for advanced work in the ancient languages and literature, comparative literature, archaeology, religion, history, creative writing, business, mythology, philosophy, and the sciences. Professional schools of law and medicine are also options.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of French, Italian, and Classical Studies
105 Irvin Hall
Oxford, OH 45056