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.
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
- epic, drama, rhetoric and oratory, and other topics in ancient literature
- ancient science
- 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.