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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

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Holy Cross Welcomes 11 Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Feb 6, 2021

At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Holy Cross welcomed 11 new tenure-track faculty members, joining the following departments: biology, classics, English, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and world languages, literatures and cultures. The …

Fauci speaks at a July roundtable on donating plasma at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Fauci, M.D., ’62: COVID Crusader

Jan 25, 2021

1958. A chemistry lab at Holy Cross. Freshman Anthony Fauci is conducting an experiment that requires what feels like hours of measuring, weighing and heating a solution over a Bunsen burner. The final step: Clamp the test tube and deliver …

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31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

Nov 19, 2020

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …