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Classics

Classics: Major 

The Department of Classics at Holy Cross is the largest and most active undergraduate program in the United States. Whatever your background or interests, you can design a major from our rich array of courses focused exclusively on undergraduates, and can take part in a unique set of cocurricular activities.

You can study ancient history, politics, literature, mythology, rhetoric, art and archaeology, religion and ancient science in courses requiring no knowledge of ancient languages. All majors study both Greek and Latin. You can start at any level, as introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses are available every semester in both languages. A classics major is an interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts. The experience you gain in reading texts closely, interpreting visual and material culture, and analyzing data develops valuable skills for any of the varied career paths you and your fellow majors successfully pursue.

Program Highlights

In addition to courses in Greek and Latin at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels every semester, you can take courses in English on:
  • ancient history
  • archaeology
  • epic, drama, rhetoric and oratory, and other topics in ancient literature
  • mythology
  • ancient science
  • religion
  • early Christianity
  • gender and sexuality in the ancient world
  • ancient understandings of nature and the environment
The department offers competitive, merit-based scholarships for entering students who will major in classics.
Students engage in thesis research and digital projects, present at conferences and publish in a variety of outlets.
Holy Cross sponsors programs in both Rome and Athens, and students can spend a semester in each city if they choose.

Classics News

Eight New Tenure-Track Faculty Members Welcomed in 2018-19 Academic Year

Oct 2, 2018

The College of the Holy Cross has welcomed eight new faculty members to tenure-track positions for the 2018-19 academic year. They will each join a different department: biology, chemistry, political science, religious studies, classics, mathematics, psychology and history. The new …