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Classical Civilization B.A.

Take a deep dive into the culture of the Classical Era. Study the history, literature, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, gender, philosophy, politics, religion and language of the time.
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Prepare for law school, medical school or other higher education opportunities with classical studies. Greek and Latin are foundational to many fields.

About this Program

  • Learn about cultures that are radically different from your own, yet provide the foundation of many modern ideas and institutions.
  • Deepen your understanding of civic history, cultural history and modern cultural politics by learning the ways that modern generations adapted and modified classical ideals.
  • Conduct research with national and international scholars and benefit from the international connections of our world-renowned faculty.
  • Receive faculty assistance to pursue scholarship and fellowship opportunities like the prestigious Boren and Fulbright awards.
  • Prepare for law school, medical school or other higher education opportunities.
  • Learn terms and concepts in various fields that are derived from Greek or Latin, preparing you for employment in law, medicine, government, politics, writing and education.

Program Information

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College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is Syracuse University’s first and largest college. As the home of the liberal arts, our internationally recognized programs provide the cornerstone of a Syracuse University education with 50+ majors in the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities and the social sciences (in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs).
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Take coursework spanning each of the following areas: Greek, Latin, literature in translation, anthropology, history, history of art, linguistics, philosophy and religion. Take a deeper dive into the areas that interest you the most by pursuing higher level coursework in those areas.

  • Demonstrate competence in one of the core languages of the Classical Era, through study of classic texts or the language itself.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the literature of the Classical Era.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the political and social history of the Classical Era.
  • Understand the art, archaeology and material culture of the Classical Era.
  • Understand the formal structures of language and the history and variety of world languages.

  • Greco-Roman Religion
  • Origins of Western Art
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Mummies, Tombs and Treasure
  • The Ancient World

Extracurricular Opportunities

Hands-on learning opportunities

Intellectual Rigor

While not all students of classical studies wish to become classical scholars, a major in this field is among the most impressive degrees to have when applying for a job in other fields. The work ethic required for success in the languages, the intellectually challenging nature of the grammar and syntax of Greek and Latin and the interdisciplinary nature of the field are only a few reasons why students who have pursued classical studies are highly respected and sought-after job candidates.

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