Majoring in Classics

Classics Certificate

Overview

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.

Integrated studies

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:

  • Assistant Professor, University of Maine
  • Costume Director, Theatre IV
  • Latin Teacher, Briar Woods High School
  • Director, Town of Exeter Public Library
  • Clinical Instructor, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic
  • Coordinator, Harvard Alumni Association
  • Development Manager, East End Arts
  • Executive Director of Information Technology, AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Risk Consultant, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Secondary School Teacher, Brockton Board of Education
  • Clinical Social Worker, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Attorney, Allstate
  • Associate Director, Albany Institute for Research in Education
  • Director of Surgical Pathology, St. Francis Hospital
  • Acting Director of the Division of Program Management, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Book Designer, Yale University Press
  • Executive Chef, T-BAR Steak & Lounge
  • Nurse Midwife, Bronx Lebanon Hospital
  • Social Worker, Newton School System
  • Purchasing Analyst, Pratt & Whitney

Faculty

Eric Adler, Associate Professor of Classics

Eric Adler, Associate Professor of Classics  (On Sabbatical Academic Year 2014-2015)
Greek and Roman historiography • Latin and Greek prose • Roman imperialism • The classical tradition

Tobias Myers, Assistant Professor of Classics

Tobias Myers, Assistant Professor of Classics
Homeric studies • Greek and Latin poetry • Ancient magic • Narratology

Nina Papathanasopoulou, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Nina Papathanasopoulou, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics
Greek drama and performance • Classical mythology and its reception • Greek art and architecture • Greek and Latin poetry

Student profile


Becca NapolitanoBecca Napolitano

Physics, classics


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.

Selected courses


  • 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

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Student research


Consent and Violence: Reconstructing Rape Culture in Ancient Rome
By: Molly Ashmore '15
Advising Faculty: Tobias Myers

The Nature of Change in Ovid's "Metamorphoses"
By: Ariela Katz '15
Advising Faculty: Tobias Myers

Failure at Fidenae: An Analysis of the Largest Structural Disaster in the Roman World
By: Becca Napolitano '15
Advising Faculty: Tobias Myers

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