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Students in the department of Greek and Roman Classics study the cultures and languages of two major civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. Classics is an interdisciplinary field of study which encompasses major disciplines of the liberal arts: languages, history, literature, art, philosophy and archaeology. Students select from two different major concentration options based on their interests and goals: Classical Languages and Literature; and Classical Civilization. Both concentrations offer a sound liberal arts background that prepares students for any career.

Graduates of the program have held senior positions in government, law and public service organizations, have founded and headed companies and organizations, and have worked as correspondents and journalists.

In the Greek and Roman Classics major or minor, students can study:

  • Ancient Greek and Latin
  • Ancient literature and culture
  • Classical mythology
  • Greek and Roman history
  • Archaeology and material culture from the ancient world

Classics majors and minors may participate in the Zeta Beta Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi (ΗΣΦ), the National Honorary Society for Classics. Students are also encouraged to study at Temple’s Rome Campus and participate in archaeological digs in Italy, Greece, or other parts of the ancient Mediterranean.