Majoring in Classics
To study classics is to enter into a world that stretches from Europe to Western Asia and North Africa, and in time from the Stone Age to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. No field gives you a wider experience of the liberal arts. People with classics degrees include Porter Goss, former head of the CIA; Jerry Brown, governor of California; and J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books. We vigorously support students who apply for fellowships, grants, travel abroad, entrance into graduate school and a wide variety of internships and jobs during and after college.
Classics encompasses literature as well as archaeology, art, architecture, history, economics, gender studies, philosophy, theater studies and other disciplines. You acquire a deep understanding of the Greek and Roman civilizations, whose role in shaping the modern world is immeasurable. If you're interested in the medieval period, we also offer a program in that field.
International opportunities and study abroad
You are encouraged to spend a semester or summer abroad, usually during or following your junior year. If you like, you can see firsthand the cultural monuments of ancient Greece and Rome – or you might choose to study elsewhere.
What can you do with a majorcertificate in Classics?
Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:
Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I love both physics and Latin and knew that I could never narrow my interests to only one. So I looked into how different schools offered double majors and their flexibility. I also love the stone walls, the water and the warm New England feel.
Q: What motivated you to become a classics major?
A: Classics was a marriage between my love of math and literature. The Latin language is formulaic on a microscopic level, with different cases and tenses of verbs; however, on a macroscopic level, you can see the intrinsic beauty formed not only by the content of what you are reading, but by the actual words on the page. Classics has let me see liberal arts education for what it truly is — interdisciplinary.
Q: Who's your favorite Greek or Latin author?
A: This is a tie for me. Lucretius, on the one hand, mixes my love for both physics and Latin. In De Rerum Natura, he sets to the rhythm and music of a hexameter the contents of an atomic physics book. On the other hand, Ovid's sassy nature and sarcastic tone lend themselves to lighter reading which still thousands of years later can make you fall out of your seat laughing.
- Elementary Greek and Latin
- Classical Mythology
- Greek Tragedy
- Ancient Comedy
- Ancient Historiography
- Dionysus: Culture and the Irrational
- Greek Civilization
- The Roman World
- Augustan Poetry
- Violence in Classics and Modern Film
- Sexuality and Eros in Classical Antiquity
- Women in Antiquity
- Propaganda and Truth in the Age of Augustus